Huisache Daisy. Photo courtesy of B.C. Glasscock

Conservation Educators


Our educators have B.S., M.Sc. or Ph.D. degrees in wildlife biology or a related field making them knowledgeable about the scientific method and the fundamentals of various science fields. In addition, they are well-versed in contemporary issues related to wildlife biology, wildlife and range management and natural resource conservation. Often they are students in the Welder Wildlife Foundation graduate fellowship program. For more information on our education programs please contact our educators.



Michelle Batey

Conservation Education and Volunteer Program Coordinator

Michelle Batey joined us in October of 2015 as our new Conservation Education and Volunteer Program Coordinator.  Michelle obtained her B.S. in Agricultural Services and Development  and M.S. in Agricultural Education from Tarleton State University.  Michelle was employed by the Natural Resources Conservation Service as a Soil Conservationist and District Conservationist from 2004 to 2013 working in La Grange, Hereford, and Vega, TX.  She is the proud mother of a 3-year-old daughter who loves animals and playing outside.  Michelle is passionate about agriculture and our natural resources and educating our younger generations on the importance of conserving our water, soil, vegetation and wildlife.



Mikayla House

Conservation Educator

Mikayla House recently graduated from Texas A&M University with a B.S. in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences and a minor in Ecosystems Management. She enjoys teaching youth the value of wildlife and the importance of conserving it.  In the past she has worked with the wildlife education and outreach programs of several different organizations and is excited to continue those efforts at the Welder. While at the Welder, she will coordinate the education programs available for K-12 students. After this internship she hopes to complete a master degree that focuses on wildlife education and will allow her to pursue a career in wildlife education and outreach.