Stewards of the Wild, Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation’s conservation leadership program, equips emerging leaders aged 21 to 45 with opportunities to actively participate in the stewardship of Texas’ wild things and wild places by providing education, networking, and outdoor experiences.

Engage your generation in conservation

With member-led chapters in major cities throughout the state, Stewards of the Wild chapters engage 21- to 45-year-old outdoor enthusiasts from diverse backgrounds by providing opportunities to participate in outdoor experiences such as camping, hiking, fishing and hunting; increase knowledge about public land access; interact with conservation professionals; and actively participate in the conservation of our wild things and wild places.

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Become a Steward of the Wild

Select your chapter to join

$100 Single Membership

  • Service Opportunities
  • Invitations to special events
  • Invitations for one to exclusive monthly outdoor, social or educational events.

$180 Co-Membership

  • Service Opportunities
  • Invitations to special events
  • Invitations for two to exclusive monthly outdoor, social or educational events.

Upcoming Events

Don’t see your city? Join the Statewide chapter and enjoy the benefits of a Stewards of the Wild membership. We believe location should not be a barrier to conservation involvement and resources. Gain access to all chapter and statewide events, and opportunities to network with SOTW members and TPWD experts across the state. Join the Statewide chapter today!

Mentored Hunting and Fishing Programs

Stewards of the Wild members who are first time or novice hunters or fishermen have the opportunity to participate in mentored hunts and fishing trips throughout the year. It’s an unforgettable experience, supporting wildlife conservation, celebrating our hunting heritage and learning how to process and cook wild game. Become a Stewards of the Wild member and join us in the field this season! Applications for the 2023-2024 season are closed. Questions? Contact Katie Spurgin at

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Texas Wildlife Association (TWA) Partnership

Texas Wildlife Association’s mission is to serve Texas wildlife and its habitat, while protecting property rights, hunting heritage, and the conservation efforts of those who value and steward wildlife resources. New and renewing Stewards can purchase a TWA membership when they sign up or renew on our website.

By partnering with TWA, Stewards of the Wild members have access to additional meetings, socials, events and communications centered on conservation education, wildlife stewardship, hunting heritage and private landowner rights. This partnership will expand the ability for Stewards to be engaged in protecting the wild things and wild places of Texas.

About the Partnership

The Friend of TWA Memberships will be offered to Stewards of the Wild members at a discounted rate of $15 (valued at $35).

This membership includes:

  • An electronic subscription to the Texas Wildlife monthly magazine
  • TWA E-Newsletters including the weekly Wildlife Wire
  • TWA membership card
  • TWA Member Discount Program – offering member discounts at participating retailers
  • TWA membership decal
  • Invitations to member meetings, social and events
  • Volunteer opportunism in TWA’s Conservation Legacy (youth and adult education) and Texas Youth Hunting Programs.

Stewards of the Wild thanks statewide sponsor Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute for its gracious support.

The Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute at Texas A&M University-Kingsville is the leading wildlife research organization in Texas and one of the finest in the nation. Its mission is to provide science-based information for enhancing the conservation and management of wildlife in South Texas and related environments.