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.

Photo by Bill Shreve

Springtime in the Wichita Mountains

Spring is the perfect time to get outdoors. The animals are active ...
Jed Tower. Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge. Photo courtesy of Larry Smith.

Interpretive Tours to begin in March

March is not only the month that officially ushers in spring, it ...
Government Shutdown: Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge

Update: Government Shutdown

The Federal government shutdown is still in progress, but the US Fish ...


Checkout our Facebook events page for a current listing of upcoming tours and programs.

Mt Scott Closed

The Mt. Scott Roadway has re-opened to bicycle and pedestrian traffic, but remains closed to all vehicle traffic. he preliminary work on repairing the Mt. Scott road is progressing well, but the actual completion of those repairs is still months away. >> Full update fws.gov.

Photo of Mt Scott Closure Sign - Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge

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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