Plan this month with fun, free, family-friendly outdoor events at Red River National Wildlife Refuge, located at 150 Eagle Bend Pt. in Bossier City.

The refuge is one of more than 500 federally managed wildlife refuges across the nation. This refuge’s swamps, sloughs, lake, and trees serve as a natural habitat for alligators, deer, butterflies, and a multitude of birds including cardinals, blue jays, hawks, wood peckers, owls, and more.

“At our refuge events, families can learn about the trees, animals, insects, birds, and more that can be found right in your backyard, neighborhood or school grounds,” said David Young, refuge ranger at Red River National Wildlife Refuge.

Each event will start at the Red River National Wildlife Refuge’s Visitor Center, and staff and volunteers will lead visitors into designated areas. Registration for the following events is not necessary.

Nature Play Date will be on Saturday, June 9 from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. This play date takes place in a designated play area on the refuge that features a tree house, magnetic fishing pond, cypress logs, and more. Children will be able to play with toys such as butterfly, eagle, and bat wings, building blocks, and more.

Refuge Saturday: Intro to Archery will be on Saturday, June 23 from 9 a.m. to noon. At this event, visitors can learn the basics of archery from the refuge rangers and volunteers. This outdoor archery tutorial will cover footwork, posture, hand-eye dominance, string drawing techniques, arrow nocking, and more. Must be seven years or older to participate.

Turtle Talk will be on Saturday, June 30 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. This event is led by Micha Petty, reptile expert of Louisiana Exotic Animal Resource Network. Visitors can engage in a fun learning experience that highlights the different turtles native to Shreveport-Bossier and the state of Louisiana while also enjoying arts and crafts and interacting with the turtles.

For more information about June events at Red River National Wildlife Refuge, visit their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/RedRiverNWR or call 318-742-1219.