About Us

CONSERVATION LEADERS IN EVERY COMMUNITY.

Texas Brigades’ mission is to educate and empower youths with leadership skills and knowledge in wildlife, fisheries, and land stewardship to become conservation ambassadors for a sustained natural resource legacy.
Texas Brigades provides a combination of educational programs, including eight summer camps: Bobwhite Brigade (quail), Buckskin Brigade (deer), Bass Brigade,  Waterfowl Brigade (ducks and geese), Ranch Brigade (cattle), and Coastal Brigade (marine life). Other Texas Brigades programs include Wildlife Intensive Leadership Development (W.I.L.D.) and Texas Brigades Experiences. An understanding of the importance of this organization is represented by its cooperating partners, including Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, Texas Wildlife Association, Texas Wildlife Association Foundation, USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service, and Texas Parks & Wildlife Department. Texas Brigades is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

History

Dr. Dale Rollins, Extension Wildlife Specialist with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, came up with the idea for Texas Brigades as a way to expand Extension’s educational efforts by developing wildlife ambassadors. His idea came to life in 1993 with the formation of Bobwhite Brigade (known today as Rolling Plains Bobwhite Brigade).
As the saying goes, “imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.” To that end, Bobwhite Brigade has been cloned in five other states through collaborations with Quail Unlimited. Buckskin Brigade was used as the base model for Pennsylvania Bucktails. The Texas Chapter of The Wildlife Society models its own summer camp (initiated in 1996) after Texas Brigades.

Today

In Texas, Bobwhite Brigade expanded from its original camp in the Rolling Plains to East Texas Feathered Forces, formed in 1996, and finally to South Texas Bobwhite Brigade, formed in 1998.
South Texas Buckskin Brigade, an offshoot of Bobwhite Brigade, fledged in 2000; North Texas Buckskin Brigade held its first Battalion in 2002. Bass Brigade (2004), Waterfowl Brigade (2012), and Coastal Brigade (2016) added focus on aquatic, waterfowl, & marine species and management. Ranch Brigade, which launched its first Battalion in 2013, focuses on sustainable beef production from conception to consumer.
Each camp is 4 ½ days of intense, interactive, fun learning from top wildlife and natural resource professionals in Texas.  Subjects covered include everything from biology, habitat management, watersheds, population dynamics, ecology, and botany, to photography, journalism, firearm safety, fishing, communication, critical thinking, team building, and leadership.

Our Board of Directors & Camp Coordinators

Jon Taggart Board President Burgundy Pasture Beef
Kassi Scheffer Board Vice President Texas Wildlife Association
Bryan Jones Board Secretary/Treasurer Texas Wildlife Association
Steven Bardin Board Director Texas Pro Lake Management
Blaise Korzekwa Board Director Texas Parks & Wildlife Department
Charriss York Board Director Texas A&M Agrilife Extension
Whitney Klenzendorf Board Director Whit’s Wilderness
Anson Howard Board Director
Phil McKinney Board Director
Matthew Reidy South Texas Bobwhite Brigade Coordinator Texas Parks & Wildlife Department
Matthew Coffman North Texas Buckskin Brigade Coordinator USDA – Natural Resource Conservation Service
Chase Currie South Texas Buckskin Brigade Coordinator San Pedro Ranch
Steven Bardin Bass Brigade Coordinator Texas Pro Lake Management
Chris Farley Ranch Brigade Coordinator Texas Christian University-Ranch Management
Dale Rollins Rolling Plains Bobwhite Brigade Coordinator Texas A&M Agrilife Extension
Derek York Coastal Brigade Coordinator Texas Parks & Wildlife

Our Past Presidents

Mike Petter Immediate Past President Resource & Land Management
Larry Pierce Past President Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service
Rory Burroughs Past President Comprehensive Land Management
Ken Cearley Past President Texas Agriculture Land Trust
Dr. Bill Eikenhorst Past President Creekside Veterinary Service
Dr. Dale Rollins Past President Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service

Our Staff

Natalie Wolff Executive Director
McKenzie Mull Program Manager