Wildlife Conservation Camp
Since 1993 the Texas Chapter of The Wildlife Society’s Wildlife Conservation Camp has provided a fun and unique week-long experience teaching kids about nature, ecology, and wildlife. If you have a passion for the conservation and management of wildlife and habitat or are interested in pursuing a career in a wildlife or a natural resource related field then this is the summer camp for you!
Since 1993 the Texas Chapter of The Wildlife Society’s Wildlife Conservation Camp has provided has provided a fun and unique week-long experience teaching kids about nature, ecology, and wildlife. If you have a passion for the conservation and management of wildlife and habitat or are interested in pursuing a career in a wildlife or a natural resource related field then this is the summer camp for you!
Interested in volunteering for Camp? Serving as a Camp Volunteer is a rewarding experience that will teach you valuable leadership skills and provide countless opportunities for networking with fellow natural resource students and professionals.
All application deadlines: May 1, 2021
Returning Campers serve as team leaders for campers throughout the week of camp. Your valuable experience from previous camps will help guide your team throughout the week.
College graduate or undergraduate students are selected to serve as College Mentors for the week of Camp. Please check our eligibility requirements, we’d love to have you!
Love to teach? Interested in leading exciting, hands-on activities at Camp? We would love to have your help and hear any ideas you may have.
Meeting the professionals has been really amazing because I get to meet people who are actually in the fields I'm interested in so I'm getting a better idea of where I might want to go, things I might want to do to better prepare myself for my future career.
It's truly amazing because there are so many topics that we cover and you're just so exhausted because we do so much and you're 100% out in the woods constantly doing what I love to do, which is conservation and research of wildlife.
I've learned so much from the camp, I've learned so much about conserving wildlife and the habitat of animals and how important it is to maintain the world around us.
As a graduate student, I was looking for any opportunity to meet and make connections with other professionals. A couple of friends had told me about their experience at camp, so I decided to apply. I do not regret it. Wildlife and conservation professionals from around the state attend camp as instructors. As such, I was afforded many opportunities to make connections and learn from experts in their respective fields. Working with campers also allowed me to build my leadership skills and help introduce them to some of the fundamentals of conservation. Camp was an invaluable part of my development as a young professional and is an exceptional setting for anyone interested in connecting with their peers and learning about wildlife conservation.
I first attended camp in 2014, I had no idea what to expect, but it was one of the most educational and fun experiences of my life thus far! I’ve enjoyed coming back through the years. Students learn from professionals in the Natural Resource field, are mentored by college students from across the state, and are afforded many hands-on learning opportunities, and unbelievable networking opportunities as well. This camp is one that students will never forget!
Although I always enjoyed wildlife, the Wildlife Conservation Camp was my first exposure to many different aspects in the wildlife field. I remember being fascinated by "roadkill necropsies" and marveling at the crazy diversity of birds that I never seemed to notice before. For my career, it was important that I not only met many professionals working in the wildlife field with very different jobs, but that my parents were able to see wildlife as a viable career and know how to support my educational dreams much better as a result of our experiences with this camp.
Courtesy of the Texas Farm Bureau
Thank You to Our 2021 Sponsors
Rob and Bessie Welder Wildlife Foundation • Texas Chapter of The Wildlife Society • Texas Farm Bureau • McBride Conservation Fund Foundation • Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute • Forestry Suppliers • San Patricio Soil and Water Conservation District • Lavaca County Farm Bureau • Callahan-Shackleford Farm Bureau • Bee County Farm Bureau • Black Rifle Coffee Company • SWCA Environmental Consultants • Stephen Ross • Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Game Wardens • Texas Youth Hunting Program • Wildlife Alliance for Youth