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.
Volunteer: Get Up & Get Out to 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. PROJECTS (open to volunteers)Invasive Plant Eradication Fall Invasive Plant Eradication Spring Milkweed Seed Collection (rare TX milkweed) – July/August Monarch Butterflies in schools - Fall and Spring OPPORTUNITIES FOR VOLUNTEERS Environmental Education Programs Activity Leader Greeter/Docent Birding Walks/Talks Programs Guide for Fall & SpringVolunteer Coordinator EVENTS TO ATTEND AS A VOLUNTEER Swift Fest @ City of Jonestown Saturday, August 27, 2016 (430-10pm)National Public Lands Day, Saturday, September 24, 2016 (730am-3pm)Refuge EE Program Training for Going Buggy & Bridges to Birding Programs, October 4 & 6, 2016 (9am -1130am)Refuge Week day celebration: Fledgling Fest, October 15, 2016 (9am-1pm)Awards Luncheon & FOB Annual Meeting, Sunday, November 6, 2016
Volunteer Orientation – Refuge Headquarters Monday, November 7, 2016
Balcones Christmas Bird Count Monday, December 12, 2016 (6am – 6pm) Sparrowfest 2017 – Flying X Ranch 8936 S FM 1174, Bertram 78605, Saturday, February 4, 2017
Balcones Songbird Festival, April 21 – 23, 2017
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES IN THE WORKS Artist in Residence Virtual Geocache Course First Saturday Hikes Orienteering course for kids Seasonal Guided Plant Tours Nature Photography Wildlife Drawing
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.
Join the 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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