We Teach

so they can know

We Study

so we can know

We Conserve

so they can have





Peer Review

The Rob and Bessie Welder Wildlife Foundation undergoes a peer review every 5–10 years. A thorough examination of its programs, staff, physical plant, and fiscal operations is conducted by an outside group of professionals in the field of wildlife conservation and management. The review group's final report is analyzed by staff and trustees and recommendations are implemented as deemed appropriate.

Rob and Bessie Welder Wildlife Foundation


The Foundation's mission as set forth in Robert H. Welder's will is to conduct research and education in wildlife management and conservation.



The Foundation provides free tours to the public every Thursday afternoon, except on holidays. "No Tour" dates are listed on our calendar. Please call our office (361-364-2643) at least one day in advance if you plan to attend a tour. Visitors must wait at our main gate and the tour guide will meet you there at 3:00 p.m.



Wildflower Workshop: Apr 6, 2018

Join us for our annual Wildflower Workshop and spend the day with past director of the Welder Wildlife Foundation, Dr. Lynn Drawe, to learn more about flora native to south Texas. Dr. Drawe is a renowned authority in Texas rangeland plants and habitats, so you won't want to miss this unique opportunity. Contact the Foundation for more information.


Wildlife Conservation Camp: July 23-27, 2018

The Texas Chapter of The Wildlife Society will host their Wildlife Conservation Camp for high school students at the H.E. Sproul Ranch in Ft. Davis, Texas. To learn more visit the camp website.


Rangelands - Home on the Range Workshops

Rangelands: A Conservation Education Guide and Home on the Range teacher workshops are focused on K-5th grade science and educate teachers and youth about the importance of rangelands and the ecosystem services they provide. 2018 workshop dates and locations.


Upcoming programs

The Welder Wildlife Foundation will be offering an array of programs for landowners, K-12 and university students, teachers, conservation and informal science educators and Master Naturalists this fall.  For more information on these programs see our Opportunities page.


Welder Fellowship Proposal Deadlines

The deadline for submission of proposals for Welder Wildlife Foundation Fellowships is October 1 of each year. Please send proposals to Dr. Terry Blankenship, P.O. Box 1400, Sinton, Texas 78387.