Family Land, Water & Wildlife Expeditions

Water is essential to sustaining Texas lands, ecosystems, and wildlife populations, as well as ranching and agricultural interests that sustain both urban and rural communities across the state. TWA provides programs and resources that advocate for a pragmatic, balanced approach to wetlands management and water use, marked by a stewardship that promotes accountable conservation of this vital resource.

Land, Water & Wildlife Expeditions - Participant FAQ

What kind of experience can we expect from attending a TWA Expedition?

Participants can expected a 1-to-3-day field day experience with a group of mentors and natural resource experts on private land. Each expedition will be themed. For example you might apply for an expedition that is focused on ornithology and birding, water ecology and angler education, photography in nature, entomology, herpetology, and more.

How much does it cost to attend an event?

The pricing for events are as follows:

1-Day Expedition: $50 per youth/adult pair

2-Day Expedition: $100 per youth/adult pair

3-Day Expedition: $150 per youth/adult pair

How are participants selected?

Participants must be 11-17 years of age. Top priority will be given to youth who have never participated in outdoor programming or activities. Second priority will go to youth who have never attended a Land, Water & Wildlife Expedition. Third priority will go to youth who have participated in fewer Land, Water & Wildlife Expeditions. Lastly, priority will be given to youth who are about to turn 18 years old, but will not displace a youth who has never participated in a Land, Water & Wildlife Expedition. 

Where do we apply for an expedition?

See the “Forms” section above and complete an application.

When will we be notified if we’ve been selected for an event?

Participants will be notified approximately one month prior to the event that they have been selected.

How can I increase my chances of being selected?

Applying for multiple expeditions, and being flexible on travel distance is the best way to improve your chances of being selected.

Can our whole family attend?

Each expedition will have limited space available, however we would love to provide opportunities to families to experience these events together. Each additional family member will require an additional $50 fee in order to attend if there is space available at an event.

Do we have to stay for the entire event?

In order to appreciate the full experience of a Land, Water & Wildlife Expedition, we do require that families stay for the entirety of the event.

Will I get a refund if I cancel?

Refunds will be issued if a participant cancels one week or more prior to the event.

What do I need for an event?

Participant will need to bring the following:

Final & Unconditional Release (Must be signed by a parent or legal guardian)

Health History (One per participant)

COVID-19 Release

What to Bring

Do I need to bring food?

All meals and drinks will be provided. You are always welcome to bring additional food and drinks to accommodate yourself as needed. We encourage families to bring a reusable mug and water bottle to use throughout the event.

Where will we sleep during an event?

The majority of our expeditions will require participants to tent camp. If the landowner has lodging facilities available and is willing to let us use them, we will make use of them when and where we can.

How can I become a volunteer?

If you are looking for an opportunity to get involved with Land, Water & Wildlife Expeditions, please contact Chad Timmons: ctimmons@texas-wildlife.org

Likewise, look for Mentor Trainings as they become available and become certified to run a Land, Water & Wildlife Expedition.

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