WWF volunteer. Photo courtesy of Mandy Corso.

WWF Volunteers


Our volunteers are a very active, dedicated and hard-working group of individuals who partcipate and assist with many of the Foundation's activities.  These individuals work with us to create and lead education and outreach programs, maintain native plant gardens, keep our trails clear of brush and other vegetation, monitor wildlife, and assist with office and collections duties in addition to many other activities. The Foundation greatly appreciates all their hard work and dedication to our mission. 

Volunteers may sign up at any time during the year. We generally have several volunteer training programs during the year, often held in conjunction with a pot-luck luncheon or some other sort of fun-filled activity. This is a good time to meet and get to know other WWF volunteers and staff. If you are interested in becoming a Welder Volunteer, please contact our volunteer coordinator, Michelle Batey by email or at 361-364-2643.

Volunteer News


A dedicated core group of Welder Wildlife Foundation Volunteers have put in more than 200 hours into development and construction of the new Grass and CONE Gardens at the Foundation's headquarters. These teams led by Russ and Marilee Bell not only built the gardens, but also found grant funding to support the work. Partners in this effort include the Aransas/San Patricio Master Gardeners, San Patricio Municipal Water District, Mid-Coast Texas Master Naturalists, and South Texas Natives. The garden will exhibit 28 different grass species that are native to the region. In addition, the garden is a rainwater harvesting demonstration site.

The volunteers have also tackled the building of the CONE garden which hosts flowering plants native to the Welder Wildlife Refuge that are attractants to birds and pollinator insects. The garden is just one part the Collaborative Observatories for Natural Environments (CONE) project which includes a telerobotic camera you may access online to view the garden and associated wildlife feeding stations. Log into the CONE website to watch wildlife as it wanders through the viewing area.