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.
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 email@example.com, Balcones visitor services/education ranger.