Join Us In Making A Difference!

The Friends of Laguna Atascosa NWR is made up of people like you who care about the Refuge and the incredible and unique diversity of plants and wildlife found here. We are conservationists, wildlife watchers, volunteers, birders, photographers, students, outdoor enthusiasts, ranchers, educators, nature lovers, anglers, hunters, business people and more.


Established in 1997 as a 501(3)c non-profit organization, our purpose is to protect, support and enhance the Refuge. The Friends of LANWR receive funding through memberships, grants, sponsorships, and donations, 100% of which goes toward wildlife conservation.


Please Join Us In Our Wildlife Conservation Efforts!


There are many ways to become a partner in our journey...


Becoming an Advocate demonstrates a commitment to the mission of the Friends organization. The annual membership fee is only $35. 


Advocates have the option to receive a $10 annual refuge pass for a carload of your family or friends to Laguna Atascosa and Santa Ana NWR.


Advocates are eligible to vote in board elections, participate on a committee and run for a position on the board of directors. Advocates also are invited to member-only events and activities and receive a 15% discount on merchandise purchased at the store (must show card).


Sign up now by clicking the button below to become an Advocate. Your membership fee supports wildlife conservation.  

Shop at our Online Store

The Friends Nature Store @ Laguna Atascosa help support many of the programs though sales of t-shirts, books, unique pins and earrings, caps, snacks and drinks and a lot more. We are closed currently due to COVID-19, but we are now online. Check it out!

Make a Donation

Donations are critical to raising sufficient funds to address the many needs at the Refuge. Donations of any size are welcome. Donors may also select where they would like their donation to be allocated.  Please select this button to learn more.


There will always be a need for dedicated volunteers! Both the Friends and Refuge need your help. To learn more, click the button below.

Adopt-an-Ocelot Program

Symbolically adopting an Ocelot is a great way to support the Ocelot program and makes a great gift!

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  • Refuge open daily, sunrise to sunset. Entry fees are currently $3.00 per vehicle.

  • Steve Thompson Wildlife Drive (formerly, Bayside Drive), the refuge's 14 mile auto tour loop, is CLOSED to private vehicle traffic, bicycles, and pedestrians to protect endangered ocelots.  

  • Buena Vista Road is open. THE SPEED LIMIT IS 25 MPH!

  • Refuge walking and biking trails are open 7 days a week, sunrise to sunset.

  • Visitor Center is closed. Call 956-244-2019 for information.

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