There are many ways to enjoy your time at Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge. From hiking to student field trips, archery to wildlife watching, we offer a variety of ways to connect with nature.
Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge is northwest of Austin, Texas. It was established in 1992 to conserve habitat for two songbirds – the golden-cheeked warbler and black-capped vireo – and to maintain habitat for numerous other wildlife species native to the area. The refuge features...
Archery demonstrations and lessons may be a part of local site programming. Some refuges and hatcheries permit bow-hunting with other hunting. This activity is typically limited. Check locally for how to apply.
From bald eagles to spoonbills, from condors to puffins, birds abound on national wildlife refuges. Refuges provide places for birds to nest, rest, feed and breed making them world-renown for their birding opportunities.
Take your pick of 2,100 miles of refreshing trails and boardwalks. Whether you want a short, easy walk or a challenging hike, you’re likely to find what you want. Some trails are paved and universally accessible. Some trails include displays on visual arts, local history and culture or environmental education.
Whether you wield a smartphone or a zoom lens, you’ll find photo-worthy subjects at national wildlife refuges and national fish hatcheries. Wildlife photography is a priority public use on national wildlife refuges, so you’ll find wildlife drives and blinds and overlooks to help you get the images you’re after.
Rangers lead wildlife walks, tours and educational programs at many sites. Events may focus on wildflowers or birds or on seasonal spectacles, such as elk bugling or sea turtle nesting. Some programs may be limited in size or require advance registration. See individual websites for details.
Many refuges champion wildlife viewing as a key recreational activity.
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