Watch as bald eagles hunt for fish or witness a bison calf’s first steps. Experience the Refuge with a local naturalist on a guided bus or hiking tour steeped in history and grounded in science.

The Friends of the Wichitas lead over 50 guided tours each year that cover topics and sights ranging from winter eagles to spring flowers, and from bugling elk to Wilderness walks.

The Friends of the Wichitas is a non-profit organization committed to promoting environmental education opportunities for the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge.  The Friends bring a lifetime of experience, education, and passion to the tours - you’re guaranteed of seeing and hearing something new on each trip.  Things to know about the Friends’ Tours

Check the calendar for a full listing of topics and tour dates.

Note the opening date for reservations.  Call (580) 429-2197 from 9am to 5pm to book tour seats.  Some tours book quickly.

Tours are intended for individuals and families so reservations are limited to 6 people per reservation.

Children must be at least 8 years old.

There are no restroom facilities on the tours.

Wheelchair access is available if requested at the time of reservation. 

Reservations are retained until 10 minutes before departure time after which empty seats are filled with stand-by passengers.