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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 to the Refuge

The 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 couples (24-hours each person) and 4-days a week for individuals (32-hours), 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 Propagation Fall & Spring 
Propagation Study in the Greenhouse 

OPPORTUNITIES FOR VOLUNTEERS
Environmental Education Programs Activity Leader
Greeter/Docent
Birding Walks/Talks Programs Guide for Fall & Spring
Volunteer 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)
EE Program Training for Going Buggy & Bridges to Birding Programs, October 4 & 6, 2016 (9am -1130am)
Refuge Week day celebrationOctober 15, 2016 (8am-12pm)

Awards Luncheon & FOB Annual Meeting, Saturday, November 19, 2016 

  • Lunch is provided. You must register at www.friendsofbalcones.org  

Volunteer Orientation – Refuge Headquarters, November 7, 2016  

  • 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. 

Balcones Christmas Bird Count Monday, December 19, 2016 (6am – 6pm)  

Sparrowfest 2017 – Flying X Ranch 8936 S FM 1174, Bertram 78605, Saturday, February 4, 2017

  • Sparrow identification workshop celebrates its 13th 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. 
  • Registration opens in October 2016.  Check www.friendsofbalcones.org website to register.

Balcones Songbird Festival, April 21 – 23, 2017

  •  REGISTRATION OPENS FEBRUARY 13, 2017! All manner of volunteers are needed to make this festival the best in town. Email the friends@friendsofbalcones.org or call (512) 965-2473 to volunteer.  


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.     

 


 

The 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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Last Updated: Oct 21, 2016
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