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Thank you so much for giving your time and skills. 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!

If you’re not sure what opportunities exist but want to lend a hand, let us offer some suggestions. Reach out if you want to join us in having fun and helping the Refuge. And if you don’t feel you know enough, not to worry, being part of a team on a project, we learn from each other.

    • Trails committee -- these stalwart volunteers keep the trails in good shape so visitors can enjoy their day at the Refuge. This committee also develops new trails such as the Quarry Canyon Trail that was opened in 2020.
    • Hike leaders -- if you like sharing your love of outdoors with other hikers, this job’s for you! We provide a training course that helps you become familiar with key aspects of the Refuge, the local history, birds and other wildlife, geology, water, hiking safety, tracks, etc. We ask for a commitment of leading at least two hikes a year. 
    • Programs and activities -- help decide what events we should host, what topics we should present, and organize an event such as inviting the Austin Astronomical Society to give us a sky tour. You could help create the next nature activity backpack or develop a discovery trunk that teaches children about wildflowers.
    • Visitor center -- Welcome visitors to the Refuge and help them with any questions about trails, directions, what to expect. You could also be an ambassador for the Refuge at Doeskin Ranch or Warbler Vista, helping visitors choose the right hike, introduce them to nature apps, or even just give them directions to local attractions for post-hike activities.
    • Various Friends tasks ranging from helping with our social media and website, to working on the Songbird Festival committee, contributing photos and articles, or even helping with fundraising activities.

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By voluntarily submitting your hours you help us with valuable data needed for grants and provide statistics for the FRIENDS and FWS that aid in planning for critical services. We appreciate your time and talent. Our year end celebration will use this data to acknowledge your investment by awarding you at significant lifetime milestones. This is so very important!

TO REGISTER as a volunteer for Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge send an email to the Volunteer Coordinator at friends@friendsofbalcones.org. Write "Volunteer" in the subject line. You will receive an email with instructions to login to the Volunteer Information Center. There you can enter your contact information, choose the types of volunteer opportunities which fit your skill and list any activities which you would like to see us provide.

All volunteers please fill out all required questions at the very least.

The more information we have the smoother we can make your experience

For questions please email us or call 512-515-5915.

    Thank you

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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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