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WHY DONATE

How do the Friends of Balcones use your donation?  

  • In 2016 we added 520 acres of pristine Hill Country land to Balcones Canyonlands NWR.
  • This year we helped add 100 acres of surrounding land to a conservation easement
  • We provide equipment for educational programs
  • We will hire an intern to help with bringing kids out from the city
  • We will be paying for a GIS map of the Cow Creek watershed
  • We bring the "Birds of Prey" to the Refuge Round Up
  • We maintain this website and the volunteer software
  • We fix gates, roofs and trails

This is just a small sample of how you helped us, Thank You!



Photo courtesy Melissa Cheatwood

Who Benefits

Here are a couple of examples of those who benefit from Balcones Canyonlands NWR

Claire's story-      “…scrolling through Facebook one afternoon, I came across a list of best places to hike in Central Texas, which included Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge. I decided on a whim that I would go explore it and so I geared up in my 2002 Subaru and old pair of tennis shoes.

When I got to the Refuge, I began to feel differently. It was quiet and for the most part, I was the only one hiking at Doeskin Ranch that day.

As I hiked up the hill that overlooks the hill country, I felt exhilarated, like I could do anything I put my mind to. I veered off the trail a bit so I could get a better view and was rewarded with a landscape filled with rolling hills for miles. It was so quiet, so peaceful, and I was completely in the moment, feeling the once debilitating anxiety release from my body.

My journeys at Balcones Canyonlands sparked my love and passion for the outdoors. …life in the outdoors is now a must and a potential career path for me. I want to continue to inspire others to find their peace among nature and continue to create a place that is accessible for anyone.”

Sophia tells us what a field trip to the Refuge meant to her- 

Claire & Sophia Thank You

How can you help this year?

  • Put a roof over the amphitheater
  • Bring out more kids to experience & enjoy nature
  • Your donation of $100 will bring 1 bus &100 students to the Refuge
  • Help us add more hiking trails
  • Add and update interpretive signs
  • Your donation of $100 will buy 1 directional sign
  • Hire an intern for our Urban Outreach program
  • Your donation of $100 will bring 4 city kids to the Refuge
  • Make the Refuge Round Up bigger & better
  • Your donation of $100 will help us bring in the "Birds of Prey" show

Thank You!



 


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Mail- Friends of Balcones

  PO Box 4678

Lago Vista TX 78645

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