We Teach

so they can know

We Study

so we can know

We Conserve

so they can have

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.



Rangelands - Home on the Range Workshops

The Welder Wildlife Foundation's Rangelands: A Conservation Education Guide and associated Home on the Range workshops are designed to educate Texas teachers and youth about the importance of rangelands and the ecosystem services they provide. Rangelands is a K-5th grade science- and conservation-based curriculum which emphasizes the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for elementary science education. Dates and locations of the 2017 workshops may be found here.


Wildlife Conservation Camp

Each summer The Texas Chapter of The Wildlife Conservation Camp hosts its 1-week Wildlife Conservation Camp for high school students.  In 2017 it will be held in South Texas at the Welder Wildlife Foundation.  Please visit the Wildlife Conservation Camp website to learn more about the camp.


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.


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.