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How you can make an impact

Whether it’s with a donation, volunteering, or even advocating for wildlife and wild spaces within your own community, your involvement can have a positive impact.  You can start by simply connecting to receive our newsletter and notice of events, or you can take the next step and become a Friend of the Refuge. Join us and become a champion for the Refuge and the wildlife it protects.

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JOIN us: Become A Friend

Friends members are the backbone of our organization and have the opportunity to make a significant difference in supporting this beautiful community asset right in our own backyard. Become a Friends member and advocate for wildlife.  Become a Friend and through your membership dues, you help provide a sustainable level of funding that helps us help the Refuge accomplish its mission.

Donate: Your financial support helps keep the hill country wild

Join us in protecting the precious resources of the Texas Hill Country. Your gift allows you and your neighbors to enjoy the beauty of the refuge while supporting key conservation efforts that ensure plants, animals and habitat can thrive. Your donation is a concrete measure of your commitment to habitat restoration and stewardship, and to nurturing future generations of conservation champions.

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Thank you so much for considering giving of yourself, your time and your skills. There are so many fun projects that could use your helping hands. Photography, helping with the trails, sharing your love of nature with children and adults, so many ways to volunteer. We couldn’t do all we do without you! Did you realize that in 2019, pre-COVID, volunteers donated the equivalent of almost seven full time staff members? We hope to beat that mark now that things are getting back to normal!


Educators are always looking for meaningful activities that reinforce classroom concepts. The environmental education programs are designed to build an awareness and appreciation of the wonders of nature. Topics and activities are mapped to grade-level specific objectives. Bridges to Birding and Going Buggy are two of the programs offered to local schools through the Balcones Outdoor Program field trips. Topics include habitats, bird songs, migration, and birding and insect basics. The Friends group also uses the materials with other groups such as the nature programs for special needs children hosted at Candlelight Ranch. If you are interested in arranging a field trip, contact Jennifer Brown at, Balcones visitor services/education ranger.

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About Us

The Friends of Balcones Canyonlands NWR is a 501(c)(3) organization whose primary purpose is to support the mission of the Refuge in restoring and protecting the habitat. The Friends are committed to building a diverse, vibrant community that appreciates, supports, and connects with nature in a meaningful way.

Become a Member

Join the Friends in protecting the wildlife and habitat, and supporting the mission of the Refuge. Start by taking a hike or  attending an event, by watching the seasons change through what’s blooming, or by just watching a hawk soar, or even just sitting still and listening to the songbirds sing. You can have a positive impact. Come find your refuge at the Refuge and join the fun!

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