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The Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge

The Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge is one of over 550 units of the National Wildlife Refuge System operated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Visitation at the refuge has steadily increased to 1.5 million annually. Interested citizens formed this local independent association to provide additional services to the refuge and this ever growing number of visitors. Association members take pride in their outstanding public resources and believe all citizens should share in the responsibilities of caring for their lands.

Flood Disaster Relief

This past Memorial Day Weekend the Wichita Mountains and the surrounding area experienced historic flooding. Many families have been adversely affected.

Seven of those families are staff at the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge. Their losses go from some personal and property damage to a few families losing everything.

The Friends of the Wichitas is standing with the rest of the staff at the Refuge in doing whatever we can to help our friends and coworkers that have suffered loss.

The Friends group has already stepped in and provided help with some immediate needs. But there is a lot more we can and will do.

If like a lot of us, the Refuge is a cornerstone that brings peace and enjoyment to your hectic lives, please consider making a donation for our friends in their time of need.




Who are The Friends of the Wichitas?

Friends of the Wichitas LogoThe 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.

Interested in becoming a member? Join today!

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.

Latest News

April 2, 2015
The WMWR & the Friends of the Wichitas unveil the new Geology Hike/Tour this...
December 31, 2014
    “In Search of Eagles” tours are Jan 4, 10, 11, 17, 18,...
September 1, 2014
    Call (580) 429-2151 weekdays from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm to make...
July 10, 2014
Under Cover of Darkness Tours begin this weekend.  A chance to use all of...

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