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public activities & programs

The Friends of Balcones offers a variety of educational and fun experiences for the public year-round. The unique geology of the refuge has helped to create a diverse ecological region where some plants and animals are only found here in the Canyonlands. The best way to learn about nature is in nature and our public programs can help. 

Bring your curiosity to one of our many family friendly nature talks and walks including: 

    • Guided Hikes on public trails and closed tracts
    • Birds of Prey 
    • Native Plants and Useful Plants
    • Nature Photography 
    • Mindfulness in Nature
    • Native Peoples
    • Geology of the Hill Country
    • Birding Walks
    • And so much more! 
Check our Calendar of Events to see what’s coming up.

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!

Find Us

Mailing Address:

PO Box 4678

Lago Vista, TX 78645

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