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:
–Conserving sensitive coastal habitats… TPWF is permanently conserving tidal flats, seagrass beds and oyster reefs through the acquisition of over 6,100 acres on Matagorda Peninsula.
–Restoring vanishing grassland habitat… Within the last year, TPWF has restored over 10,000 acres of Texas’ vanishing grassland habitat for quail and other species.
–Helping bring Palo Pinto Mountains State Park to life… TPWF is raising up to $9 million to support the opening of Palo Pinto Mountains State Park. Located on nearly 5,000 acres just west of DFW, Palo Pinto will be the first new state park in North Texas in 25 years.
–Advancing the capabilities of Texas Game Wardens… TPWF has invested more than $2 million in specialty equipment for Texas Game Wardens, ranging from night vision to swift-water. rescue boats through the Gear Up for Game Wardens program
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.