Membership FAQs

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 non-profit funding partner of TPWD, raising private philanthropy to fund transformational projects. Since its inception, TPWF has raised over $100 million to ensure every Texan can be inspired by the incredible wild things and wild places in Texas.

2. Are there different membership levels?

Currently, we offer memberships ranging from $35 – $1,000 with a variety of benefits.

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3. What’s the difference between TPWF membership, We Will Not Be Tamed membership and Stewards of the Wild?

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 21-45 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.

The membership levels are the same for TPWF membership and We Will Not Be Tamed membership; however, the benefits differ slightly.

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. As a member, your support helps TPWF conserve everything you love about Texas, from the Hill Country’s beautiful rivers to our abundant coastal resources, recreational opportunities in over 90 state parks, and the many unique habitats that support our most iconic wildlife species. Find out more about TPWF membership.

“We Will Not Be Tamed” is a public awareness campaign by Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation (TPWF) to raise awareness and encourage all Texans to get involved in conserving the wild things and wild places of our state. We Will Not Be Tamed calls you to appreciate the wildness of Texas, the vastness of our Texas spirit and why we should be inspired to conserve it. When you join We Will Not Be Tamed, 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.

4. When does my membership expire?

Your membership expires 12 months from the date of your initial transaction.

5. What are my benefits?

As a member of TPWF, your benefits include exclusive members-only news and updates; invitations to special events; a hunter, angler, or state parks decal. If you choose a $100 membership, you will also receive a one-year subscription to Texas Parks & Wildlife Magazine. Find out more about benefits.

6. What does my membership gift support?

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

7. When will I receive my membership card and sticker?

If your membership level includes a membership card and welcome gift, you should receive them within 5 to 7 business days.

8. How many membership cards will I receive?

You will receive one membership card per membership. To receive a second card, please sign up for an additional TPWF membership.

9. I lost my membership card. Can I get a replacement?

Yes. Please contact Natalie Rosado at 214-720-1478 or nrosado@tpwf.org to obtain a replacement card.

10. Is my membership contribution tax-deductible?

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.

11. My company has a matching gifts program. Is TPWF eligible to receive matching funds?

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.

12. How do I update my contact information or edit my email preferences?

Log in to the MyProfile page with your email address and your password (if you can’t remember your password or need a new one, you can have it reset here). To edit your contact information, click on “Edit Your Profile” and make sure to save your changes. To edit your email preferences, click on “Email Preferences;” here, you can select topics you’re interested in or opt out of all emails.

13. How do I remove myself from your mailing list?

Log in to the MyProfile page and click “Edit Your Profile.” Scroll down to the Address fields and uncheck the box that says “Yes, I would like to receive postal mail from Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation.”

14. I didn’t get a receipt for my transaction. Who do I contact?

Please contact Natalie Rosado at 214-720-1478 or nrosado@tpwf.org if you did not receive a receipt via email after making your membership gift.

15. How can I get more involved with TPWF?

To get more involved with TPWF, follow us on Facebook,Twitter, and Instagram; share our social posts and emails with your friends, family, and colleagues; and encourage your network to support TPWF. View our Support Us webpage to learn more.

16. I still can’t find an answer to my question. Who can I contact?

Please contact Natalie Rosado at 214-720-1478 or nrosado@tpwf.org with any questions that aren’t answered here.

17. How does TPWF define membership?

TPWF considers “members” synonymous with “donors;” it does not have members as defined by the Texas Business Organizations Code.