Training Center Overview
Texas Game Wardens are widely recognized as the best-trained corps of conservation officers in the country.
The many demands of modern conservation law enforcement training have outgrown the small Austin facility. It is hemmed in on all sides by neighborhood development and there has been discussion since the early 90's about the need to move the Academy to a location that would better serve its needs.
Help Us Give Them a New Home
In 2005, the Police Activities League approached TPWD about donating more than 200 acres of the ranch it owns in Hamilton County as a potential future home of the Texas Game Warden Training Center. The development of a modern training center will be a multi-year, multi-million dollar project. Private donations and corporate sponsorships will be a critical factor in realizing the vision of a world-class facility.
The Texas Game Warden Training Center has required road construction, water and electric improvements and expansion, upgrades to existing facilities, security fencing, walkways, site signage and other infrastructure enhancements.
Building estimates are based on unit costs established by the R.S. Means Facility Construction Costs Data 2006 Edition applied to square footages determined by TPWD staff, working in conjunction with Law Enforcement Division representatives.
All buildings and facilities at the Texas Game Warden Training Center have been designed according to LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) principles. LEED standards promote design and construction practices that increase profitability and efficiency, while reducing the negative environmental impacts of buildings and improving occupant health and well-being.
Future Operating Costs
One goal of the current capital campaign is to create an endowment fund sufficient to satisfy operating costs over and above those presently incurred by the Austin training facility. TPWD Law Enforcement and Infrastructure Divisions anticipate that operating costs for the new Texas Game Warden Training Center will be reflective of the energy efficiencies designed into the entire complex.