We Teach

so they can know

We Study

so we can know

We Conserve

so they can have

Rob and Bessie Welder Wildlife Foundation


The Foundation's mission as set forth in Robert H. Welder's will is to conduct research and education in wildlife management and conservation.

Programs and Tours


Due to the current COVID-19 situation, and for the safety of all visiting the Foundation and Welder Staff, all scheduled groups have been postponed and or canceled until further notice. This includes Public Tour. As we progress through the situation, we will keep you updated on any changes we may make. If you have any questions please feel free to call our main office at (361) 364-2643, or check our Facebook page for more updates. Thank you for your understanding at this time. We hope you all will remain safe and healthy during this time, and we hope to see you all at the Refuge in the future.

-Welder Staff




Public Tour

Free public tours are listed on our Program Calendar. Please call our office (361-364-2643) at least one day in advance if you plan to attend a tour or you may register online here. Visitors must wait at outside of the main gate. The tour guide will meet arrive at 2:55 p.m and escort your party onto the property.





If you're interested in becoming a volunteer, you can apply here. For more details contact Angie Arredondo at (361) 364-2643 or visit the volunteer page here.



Upcoming programs

The Welder Wildlife Foundation will be offering an array of programs for a variety of audiences.  For more information on these programs see our calendar.


Educators teaching 7-12th grade, we are partnering with the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service to bring you Birds in the Classroom! Join us for our workshop on June 3-5, 2020. For more information and to apply, please visit the AgriLife and Extension Wildlife & Fisheries website here! We look forward to seeing you! 


Wildlife Conservation Camp: July 11-17, 2021

The Texas Chapter of The Wildlife Society will host their Wildlife Conservation Camp for high school students at the Welder Wildlife Foundation in Sinton, Texas. To learn more visit the camp website.



Wildflower Workshop: March 27, 2020

Join us for our annual Wildflower Workshop and spend the morning with past director of the Welder Wildlife Foundation, Dr. Lynn Drawe, and Welder Wildlife Foundation Staff to learn more about flora native to south Texas. Contact the Foundation for more information or register HERE!


Welder Fellowship Proposal Deadlines

The deadline for submission of proposals for Welder Wildlife Foundation Fellowships is October 1 of each year. Please send proposals to Dr. Terry Blankenship, P.O. Box 1400, Sinton, Texas 78387.