1. What’s the difference between Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) and Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation (TPWF)?
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) is the state agency that oversees more than 1.4 million acres of untamed Texas, including state parks, historic sites, wildlife management areas, streams, rivers, lakes, shoreline, and much more. Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation (TPWF) is the official non-profit partner of TPWD, raising private philanthropy to fund transformational projects. Since its inception, TPWF has raised more than $215 million to ensure every Texan can be inspired by the incredible wild things and wild places in Texas.
Stewards of the Wild is a young professionals program with member-led chapters in major cities throughout the state. Stewards of the Wild chapters engage 21- to 45-year-old outdoor enthusiasts by hosting exclusive events to raise awareness of conservation issues facing future generations. Find out more about Stewards of the Wild.
TPWF members are an essential part of our work to ensure the future of Texas’ wild things and wild places. Without you, projects like the restoration of pronghorn in the Trans-Pecos, the enhancement of grasslands that support quail and monarch butterflies, and land acquisitions that provide public access and conserve vital habitats would be impossible. Find out more about TPWF membership.
When you join TPWF, you are joining The Untamed, a group of remarkable Texas outdoorsmen and women who stand together and tell their stories about the place that has given so much. Find out more about We Will Not Be Tamed.
Your membership expires 12 months from the date of your initial transaction.
As a member of TPWF, you receive members-only news and updates, and your membership can include We Will Not Be Tamed hats, stickers and koozies. Find out more about membership levels and benefits here.
Your membership supports projects and programs that enable Texans of all ages to enjoy and be inspired by the wild things and wild places in our state. Here are just a few examples of what your gift helps make possible:
-Projects that are ensuring the future of the Hill Country’s beautiful rivers, including on-the-ground conservation efforts and programs that provide access to anglers and paddlers
-Restoration of pronghorn populations in the Trans-Pecos, so this iconic Texas species can continue to roam the desert grasslands of West Texas for generations to come
-The enhancement of tens of thousands of acres of grasslands across Texas that support a variety of key species, from quail to monarch butterflies
-Land acquisitions like the 17,351-acre Powderhorn Ranch on Matagorda Bay, which will become a state park and wildlife management area, providing public access and conserving vital coastal resources
Yes. TPWF is a nonprofit organization and is eligible to receive your company’s matching gift. Simply fill out the matching gift form provided to you by your company. Matching gifts can be applied at any time during the 12 months of your membership.
TPWF considers “members” synonymous with “donors;” it does not have members as defined by the Texas Business Organizations Code.