Goose Creek students on a field trip to Big Lake.

"Every farm woodland, in addition to yielding lumber, fuel, and posts, should provide its owner a liberal education.  This crop of wisdom never fails, but it is not always harvested."

- Aldo Leopold

Education Program Goal


The goal of the Foundation’s Conservation Education Program is to enhance the public’s knowledge, appreciation, enjoyment, and desire to conserve our wildlife and natural resources. The Foundation’s concern that multiple generations of Texans are losing their connection to the land is underscored by the fact that over 80% of our state's population now consists of urban dwellers. For more than 50 years, the Rob and Bessie Welder Wildlife Foundation and Refuge has provided access to and education about native wildlife and their habitats to visitors from throughout the world. Our programs have grown immensely in recent years, allowing us to reach more of the public than ever before, thereby creating a stewardship legacy for the future.

Rob Welder envisioned that the Welder Wildlife Foundation would become an icon of conservation education, as well as wildlife research. Fifty years after its establishment, the Foundation is renowned for its heritage of providing exemplary programs to school and public groups from throughout the country. We have reached approximately 55,000 individuals through our programs between the years 1994 and 2009.

Our educators have B.S. degrees in wildlife biology related fields and are skilled in designing programs that are tailored to meet the needs of the different groups that we reach. Our K-12 programs are designed to reinforce the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) standards, a critical attribute for most teachers and administrators. Our programs are also focused around the North American Conservation Education Strategy Core Concepts that have been developed by the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies. To learn more about our educators and each of our programs please visit the following pages:


K-12  Student Programs

University Student Programs

Teacher Programs

Workshops and Field Days