We love Volunteers!

Bluebonnets in a field

Did you realize that in 2019, pre-COVID, volunteers donated the equivalent of seven full time staff members? Amazing! 

Considering volunteering?  YES PLEASE!  We are happy for you to Reach out to us to discuss options. 

In the meantime, here are a few suggestions:  

    • Trail Maintenance: These dedicated volunteers keep the trails in great shape so visitors can enjoy their time at the refuge. 
    • Hike Leaders: If you like sharing your love of outdoors with other hikers, this job is for you! We provide you with a robust training course that helps you become familiar with key aspects of the refuge. Training is offered on an ongoing basis. 
    • Events and Activities: Help us decide what events we should host and and how to best promote them and execute them.
    • Environmental Ed:  Volunteer to help us introduce the next generation of Texans to the outdoors.
    • Visitor Center: Welcome visitors to the Refuge and help them with any questions.
    • Various Friends tasks: The sky is the limit! You have skills, we have needs.  Let's pair them for the benefit of nature. 

Volunteer moving dirt

volunteer Hours count!!

By 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.

Master Naturalists and Master Gardeners: You can register your hours with your local chapters, tag the activity to Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge, and hours will be accrued to the refuge at the end of each reporting year.  They will also count toward your volunteer hour requirements to maintain your certification.

Other volunteers: 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 (Volgistics). 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.  You will use this same program to record your hours in the future.

    VOlunteer event descriptions -- as tracked in Volgistics

    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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