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.

Wildflowers in full bloom late spring - Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge - by Teri Simonton

FOW Presidential Ponderings

The COVID-19 pandemic has drastically changed the way we live our lives. Work has changed, school has changed, social interactions ...
Hiking Trails - Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge

Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge Campgrounds and Other Services Remain Suspended

Oklahoma - The US Fish and Wildlife Service announced the temporary suspension of campground operations and other visitor services at ...
U.S. Department of the Interior and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge to Temporarily Close Charon’s Garden Wilderness Area and the Narrows Area

Oklahoma - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today announced the temporary closure of two areas within Wichita Mountains Wildlife ...
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Important Message From The National Wildlife Refuge Association – Response to COVID-19

Sunrise over a calm Mississippi river with a large flock of geese in the distance in Port Louisa NWR by ...


Visitors Center Closed

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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