Our Mission

To deepen appreciation for and support of the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge and the extraordinary landscape, wildlife and cultural resources the refuge protects.

Quanah Parker Lake Sunrise. Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge. Photo courtesy of Larry Smith.

Audubon Magazine Article Highlights Lack of Funding Impact on Wildlife Refuges

Full article available online at: https://www.audubon.org/magazine/fall-2020/overwhelmed-and-understaffed-our-national-wildlife

Refuge Joins the Bison Conservation Initiative, Ends Auction 

Earlier this year, Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt announced the 2020 Bison Conservation Initiative (BCI), and reaffirmed the Department of ...
U.S. Department of the Interior and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

Refuge Announces the Cancellation of Fall Interpretive Tours 

News Release: In keeping with guidance from the White House and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and acting ...
U.S. Department of the Interior and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

Heat Restrictions Lifted

FWS News Release: The Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge (Refuge) issued a Heat Advisory on July 9, 2020, as a result ...


Visitors Center Gift Shop now Open!!! 

Planned Refuge events and programs may not take place as scheduled. Refuge lands, including most nature trails and outdoor recreational activities, remain open and accessible to the public.

The mission of the FOW is to deepen appreciation of and support for the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge. Our non-profit was established to support the Refuge and provide outreach opportunities to the visiting public.

All donations received by the FOW are tax deductible and support the WMWR in areas federal funds cannot be allocated.

Who are The Friends of the Wichitas?

The Friends of the Wichitas is a non-profit organization committed to promoting environmental education opportunities for the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge. Volunteer members conduct interpretive tours and work in the visitor center.

What Does the Association Do?

Donate funds and equipment to the refuge to enhance visitor enjoyment of the visitor center and other refuge public use programs.

Publish a monthly newsletter containing helpful hints of wildlife viewing, announcing upcoming tours, and giving visitors an in-depth look at refuge wildlife.

Provide materials and training for volunteer programs interpreters.

Provide materials and training for volunteer programs interpreters.

Get involved!

Three ways to support the FOW...

Become a Member

Become a Member!

Support FOW in providing outreach opportunities to Refuge visitors. We assist the Refuge and assist the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in meeting its conservation mandates.


Be a volunteer!

Be a tour guide, work in the visitor center, help with trail maintenance and refuge projects. Volunteers even help with the longhorn and bison sales!


Support the FOW

Help support conservation programs by donating! We are a 501(c)3 organization and all donations are tax deductible.

Shop at The Nature Store

We are located in the Visitor Center of the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge.

The Nature Store at the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge.

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