Fun with animals and nature - that's what you can expect Saturday, Oct. 18, at the Red River National Wildlife Refuge in Bossier.

The refuge is holding its annual Open House and Festival, which is free and open to the public. You'll be able to hold a baby alligator, get an up-close look at a bald eagle, even try your hand at canoeing, fly fishing or archery.

Refuge spokeswoman Lynn Stewart tells me the outdoor festival also features a variety of wildlife -- like alligators, snakes, insects, fish and raptors -- as well as plenty of fun activities for the kids. Some of those are the "Be a Bear" obstacle course, archeology display, face painting and chances to try archery with 4-H clubbers.

The festival also includes bird walks starting at 8 a.m. for intermediate to experienced birders, and at 9 for families and beginners. Everything's going on from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. All the activities are free, but food and Nature Store items will be available for sale.

If you've never been to the RRNWR before, it's located at 150 Eagle Bend Point in Bossier City, off of the Arthur Ray Teague Parkway extension. If you need more information, call 742-1219.


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