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.

Mullein Adventure, Sat Mar 31st

On Saturday, March 31 we will be pulling the invasive plant mullein.  Meet at the Visitor Center at 9 and plan on being gone for 4 hours. Bring work gloves,water and a snack and be prepared to walk two or more miles over rough ground with boulders. Let Helen know at  volunteer@friendsofthewichitas.org if you will be coming so we will know how many vehicles to have available.
Overview of project: Bobby Williamson and Bobby Glass are heading up a team to pull mullein each Saturday.  Meet at the Visitor Center at 9:00 a.m. and bring snacks, water and work gloves.  Be prepared to walk about 2 miles on rough ground.  Project lasts at least four hours for transportation time and work.  Any Saturday you plan to come please let Helen  know at  volunteer@friendsofthewichitas.org.  That way we can be sure to have enough tools and trucks and we can let you know if we cancel because of weather or illness.
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Volunteer Opportunities

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!

Volunteer opportunities are updated weekly and sent via e-mail. Click here for more information.

Shutdown Update

  • Visitor Center - Open
    Mon - Friday  8am - 4pm
  • Nature Store - Open
    Mon - Friday  8am - 4pm
  • Camp Doris - Open
  • No Search & Rescue Operations call 911
  • Public use at own risk.

Mt Scott Closed

The Mt. Scott Roadway on Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge has re-opened to bicycle and pedestrian traffic, but remains closed to all vehicle traffic. Recent heavy rains have eroded parts of the foundation of the road making it unstable for the consistent weight of vehicles. >> 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.

Volunteer

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!

Donate

Support the FOW

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

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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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