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Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation

Wild Things and Wild Places

When a herd of pronghorn dart across the West Texas horizon, when a birder spots a whooping crane along the Gulf, when acres of native prairie are buzzing with pollinators–the impact of our work is evident. 

The Scope of Our Efforts

For more than 30 years, Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation has played a vital role in conserving the lands, waters, and wildlife of Texas by engaging philanthropy. We’ve helped permanently protect more than 200,000 acres, an area larger than some countries. We’ve helped enhance and expand the Texas State Parks system, supporting land acquisition and delivering amenities for new sites, like Palo Pinto Mountains State Park. We work to restore and conserve fragile ecosystems, including over 83,000 acres of native grassland habitat and more than 6,700 acres of coastal barrier along Matagorda Peninsula.

With the support of our donors, our work has led to the restoration of dynamic habitats from the waters off the Gulf Coast to the wild expanses of the Chihuahuan desert. We’ve helped stock millions of fingerlings, benefitting sportfishing. Our investment in transformative, science-based efforts to restore and sustain native species has improved populations of pronghorn, quail, redfish, monarch butterflies, and many other species.

We develop these strategies to be responsible stewards of our lands and waters, conserving the wild things and wild places Texans love. This means helping to ensure vanishing habitats will be conserved and not developed, when possible. It also means specialized projects for critical species, threatened ecosystems, or fragile watersheds. In all we do, our goal is to lead the collective Texas community in ensuring Texas stays wild for generations to come.

Texas is vast, and vast is our scope. With your support we can do huge things, like bringing back native populations of pronghorn and quail. We can protect vast tracts of land permanently. We can strengthen fragile habitats and much much more. We engineer our efforts to meet each specific goal, but one thing remains constant: Philanthropy keeps Texas wild.

The Work of the Wild


invested to expand and improve Texas State Parks


cents of every dollar donated has a direct impact


raised for equipment for Texas Game Wardens


acres of pristine barrier habitat
on Matagorda Peninsula protected


invested in hatcheries and cutting-edge research facilities


engaged in outdoor activities every year

Explore our work


Palo Pinto Mountains State Park

When it opens, Palo Pinto Mountains will be the first new state park in North Texas in over 25 years. It’s
a result of the work of TPWF and the philanthropic support of our donors.

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Borderlands Research Institute

TPWF partners with the Borderlands Research Institute at Sul Ross State University on research to better understand what the wild things in our state need to flourish.

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Gear Up For Game Wardens

TPWF’s S. Reed Morian Gear Up For Game Wardens program keeps Texas Game Wardens the best trained conservation officers in the nation.

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