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.

To learn more about Robert H. Welder, the 501(c)(3) Rob & Bessie Welder Wildlife Foundation, and its new charitable sister foundation, the Rob & Bessie Welder Wildlife Conservation Foundation, visit our History page.



Conservation Across Boundaries®

CAB will be held June 20-27, 2014.  This place-based educator program takes a systems-based approach of understanding wildlife, their habitats and the conservation issues associated with each.  The course will be held this year at the Welder Wildlife Foundation near Sinton, Texas.  Application deadline is May 15, 2014.  For more information visit our Education page or download the CAB-Texas brochure. Our electronic application may be accessed 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.  This year it will be held at the Welder Wildlife Foundation, near Sinton, Texas.  Please visit the Wildlife Conservation Camp website to learn more about the camp or contact Camp Director, Meg Streich at 361-364-2643.


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.