White-tailed Deer. Photo courtesy of B.C. Glasscock



The Foundations offers free public tours on dates listed on our Program Calendar. Visitors are met at the Foundation's main gate off HWY 77 by Foundation staff or WWF volunteers.

Reservations are required.

Thursday Tours (3:00-5:00 p.m.) and Saturday Tours (9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.)

Tours begin with a visit to the Foundation’s main headquarters and museum where visitors learn about the Foundation’s origin, mission, goals, and programs from a staff member or interpretive volunteer. The museum houses the Don Bowman Bird Collection and Francis Lee Jaques Art Collection. Next visitors take a 10-mile tour of the Welder Wildlife Refuge. The tour takes visitors through a variety of habitats ranging from upland mesquite-mixed-grass communities to freshwater wetland lakes. Many species of birds and wildlife are generally seen on these tours.

Please make reservations at least one day in advance. 


Private Tours

Private tours are similar to the Thursday tours, except visitors also have the opportunity to visit areas not normally seen by the public and to view our Natural History Collections and the Don Bowman Bird Collection.   

Private tours may be arranged for groups consisting of 10 or more members. Reservations must be made through the Foundation at 361-364-2643 or contact our Program Coordinator


Directions to the Welder Wildlife Refuge