What we do


People need wild places too! The Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge staff and volunteers do more than manage habitat for the warbler and vireo, they also offer a variety of recreational opportunities year round for the public. With four public use areas and over 9 miles of trails, the refuge staff hope the community uses their public lands to connect with nature. Refuge volunteers teach hands on science lessons to about 2,500 school children each year at Doeskin Ranch. Be sure to mark your calendar each fall for the annual National Wildlife Refuge Round Up, a festival with dozens of hands-on activities for children designed to encourage outdoor recreation.

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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