From its start in 1903, the National Wildlife Refuge System has owed its very existence to concerned citizens eager to protect America's natural resources.
More than 200 nonprofit Refuge Friends organizations support national wildlife refuges and approximately 42,000 people volunteer their time and ideas each year to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Whether they work on the land, in a visitor center or with youth, they contribute to the conservation mission that reaches back more than a century.
Volunteer: Get Up & Get Out at the RefugeThe refuge is looking for volunteers interested in helping to protect and enhance the Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge! We are in need of every kind of volunteer, including those who can help lead nature tours; conduct wildlife and plant surveys; maintain nature trails; do construction and maintenance projects; assist with environmental education programs; greet visitors; and much more!
The refuge has volunteer opportunities for RVers that for three days a week per person, the refuge provides sites with full hookup, utilities, washer-dryer and a gathering area set within the refuge. A minimum of three months and no longer than six months commitment is required.
Volunteers are welcomed all year around and there are many activities you can participate in that match your skills, talents and abilities.
Invasive Plant Eradication Fall
Invasive Plant Eradication Spring
Milkweed Seed Collection (rare TX milkweed) – July/August
Monarch Butterflies in schools - Fall and Spring
Environmental Education Assistant
EE Activity Leaders
Awards Luncheon & FOB Annual Meeting – Flying X
Ranch 8936 S FM 1174 Bertram 78605
November 8, 2015
Lunch is provided. You must register at www.friendsofbalcones.org
Volunteer Orientation – Refuge Headquarters 24518 FM
1431 Marble Falls 78654
November 9, 2015
Receive an introduction to refuge staff,
the friends group, tour the facilities, instructions on forms, how to report
volunteer hours, a safety briefing, and a quick certification on refuge mowers
and some hand power tools. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes as some of this
will be outside. Bring a lunch.
Friends Workshop – Learn to be a Leader: Doeskin Ranch
10645 S FM 1174 Bertram 78605
November 14, 2015 – 9:30am – 12:30pm
Be equipped to lead tours at the
Refuge. Your instructor is retired
refuge manager Deborah Holle. Trails will be hiked so wear adequate shoes or
boots, dress in layers, bring a jacket, rain coat and hat. Bring your binoculars, snacks, water and
Balcones Christmas Bird Count
December 14, 2015 – 6:00am – 6:00pm
Sparrowfest 2016 – Flying X Ranch 8936 S FM 1174,
February 6, 2016
Sparrow identification workshop celebrates its 12th
year! Birders of all levels will meet before dawn for a light breakfast then
break into groups for a workshop or disperse to usually off-limit areas of the
Refuge with experienced leaders.
Birders will meet back at "the X" for lunch and a talk
by Dr Byron Stone, President of the Texas Ornithological Society. The afternoon
will be another series of workshops and field trips. The day will end
with dinner at the Flying X while birders exchange their day's experiences.
Discounted overnight accommodations are available at the Marble Falls
Best Western at a
rate of $69/night. Tell them you are there for the SparrowFest Event.
Balcones Songbird Festival
22 – 24, 2016
REGISTRATION OPENS FEBRUARY 15,
2016! All manner of volunteers are
needed to make this festival the best in town.
Email the email@example.com or call (512) 965-2473 to volunteer.
Bridges to Birding Environmental
Education Programs – Doeskin Ranch 10645 S FM 1174 Bertram 78605
18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 2016 and May 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 2016 – 8:00am – 12:30pm each
Use the information, crafts and props to
teach students about the wonders of birds.
Contact Jane Brunclik at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (512) 466-8313.
Going Buggy Environmental Education Programs – Doeskin
Ranch 10645 S FM 1174 Bertram 78605
25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 2016 and May 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 2016 – 8:30am – 12:30pm
There really are good insects that are vital
to the various habitats around us including the pollination of food we
eat! Use the information, crafts and
props to teach students about insects.
You can sign up by emailing Jane Brunclik at email@example.com or by calling (512) 466-8313.
IN THE WORKS
Artist in Residence
Virtual Geocache Course
First Saturday Hikes
Orienteering course for kids
Seasonal Guided Plant Tours
For more information about volunteering for the Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge contact the volunteer coordinator at 512-339-9432 x 70 or visit www.volunteer.gov for volunteer opportunities on federal lands.
Friends of Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife RefugeThe Friends is a non-profit organization whose mission is to support, complete, and enhance the refuge and to promote its use for recreational, educational, and scientific purposes. This dynamic group of volunteers dedicates their time helping sponsor special events, leading nature tours, conducting environmental education and supporting habitat protection efforts. Learn more about the Friends of Balcones Canyonlands Refuge and become involved!
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