National Wildlife Refuge System

New at Trinity River Refuge

The new headquarters for Trinity River National Wildlife Refuge opened in March in Liberty, Texas.
The new headquarters for Trinity River National Wildlife Refuge opened in March in Liberty, Texas.
Credit: USFWS

After 18 years of dreams, hard work and waiting, say the Friends of Trinity River Refuge, the refuge finally has a new headquarters in Liberty, Texas.

Trinity River National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1994 to protect the bottomland hardwood forest ecosystem along the Trinity River. It is also highly valuable for a diversity of waterfowl species. This type of habitat is used during migration or nesting by nearly 50 percent of the neotropical migratory bird species listed by the Service.

During its first five years, the refuge office and maintenance shop were in the refuge manager’s house. For the next dozen years, they were located in a dilapidated storefront in town.  The new facility was dedicated in January before a crowd of more than 125 people; staff moved in March 1. The new headquarters includes several offices, a small conference area and a lobby with space for displays.  An open house is planned in May and the refuge has a full calendar of public activities.

April 21 Earth Day 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Friends of Trinity River Refuge will host outdoor activities at Champion Lake: canoeing, kayaking, bird and butterfly viewing, hike the levee trail, dip netting and fishing lessons.

June 2 National Fishing and Boating Week  9:00 am – 11:00 am
Free Family Fishing Day -  Champion Lake
It is the one day in the state of Texas when anyone may fish or crab without a license on public waters. All ages are invited.

September 29 National Public Lands Day  9:00 – 11:00 am
Trash cleanup along Highway 105 Trinity River Bridge
The cleanup event is part of a national effort for National Public Lands Day. Aluminum cans and metal will be recycled. Bring gloves if you have them and we will supply the plastic bags.

October 7  Butterfly Count 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
13th Annual Trinity River Butterfly Count in northern Liberty County. Areas to be counted include the Trinity River National Wildlife Refuge, Tarkington Prairie, and Gaylor Lake area. Meet at 9:00 am at the Valero Gas station located at the intersection of Hwy 105 and Hwy 321, six miles south of Cleveland. Some folks will butterfly the "bottoms" so be sure to bring a sack lunch, rubber knee boots and other appropriate outdoor clothing. Butterfly enthusiasts of all levels are welcome.

Oct 14  The Big Sit!  7:00 am – 7:00 am the next day (more or less!)
In conjunction with National Wildlife Refuge Week, Trinity River National Wildlife Refuge will be hosting “The Big Sit” event. The rules could not be easier: refuge volunteers, Friends and/or local birders sit in a 17-foot diameter circle and identify all the birds they see or hear during a 24-hour (or less) period. We will start at 7:00 am at the Champion Lake pier and count til sunset.

Questions? Contact Stuart_Marcus@fws.gov.

Last updated: March 26, 2012