Stewards of the Wild

New generation of young professionals from Houston's leading families step up to support Texas' great outdoors

New generation of young professionals support Texas' great outdoors

News, Shelby Stewards of the Wild, May 2015,  Mallory Maxson, Kendall Carew
Mallory Maxson, left, and Kendall Carew. Courtesy of Texas Parks & Wildlife Foundation
News, Shelby Stewards of the Wild, May 2015, Brian Hayes, Kate Thompson, Caroline Wagner, Sara Cain
Brian Hayes, from left, Kate Thompson, Caroline Wagner and Sara Cain.  Courtesy of Texas Parks & Wildlife Foundation
News, Shelby Stewards of the Wild, May 2015,  Austin Fatjo, Ally Wickman
Austin Fatjo and Ally Wickman. Courtesy of Texas Parks & Wildlife Foundation
News, Shelby Stewards of the Wild, May 2015, Chris Attar, Eileen Attar, James Lloyd
Chris Attar, from left, Eileen Attar and James Lloyd. Courtesy of Texas Parks & Wildlife Foundation
News, Shelby Stewards of the Wild, May 2015,  Texas Parks & Wildlife Foundation Chair Kelly Thompson
Texas Parks & Wildlife Foundation chair Kelly Thompson. Courtesy of Texas Parks & Wildlife Foundation
News, Shelby Stewards of the Wild, May 2015,  Stephen Reckling, Holly Blalock, Douglas Schnitzer, Ashton Perley, Griffin Guthneck, Jack Burgher, David Wheless, Peter Alonso
Stephen Reckling, from left, Holly Blalock, Douglas Schnitzer, Ashton Perley, Griffin Guthneck, Jack Burgher, David Wheless and Peter Alonso. Courtesy of Texas Parks & Wildlife Foundation
News, Shelby Stewards of the Wild, May 2015,  Mallory Maxson, Kendall Carew
News, Shelby Stewards of the Wild, May 2015, Brian Hayes, Kate Thompson, Caroline Wagner, Sara Cain
News, Shelby Stewards of the Wild, May 2015,  Austin Fatjo, Ally Wickman
News, Shelby Stewards of the Wild, May 2015, Chris Attar, Eileen Attar, James Lloyd
News, Shelby Stewards of the Wild, May 2015,  Texas Parks & Wildlife Foundation Chair Kelly Thompson
News, Shelby Stewards of the Wild, May 2015,  Stephen Reckling, Holly Blalock, Douglas Schnitzer, Ashton Perley, Griffin Guthneck, Jack Burgher, David Wheless, Peter Alonso

When the Texas Parks & Wildlife Foundation launched the Houston chapter of its young professional group, Stewards of the Wild, organizers were successful in tapping into the up-and-coming generation of old guard families as well as into the well of new blood infusing the city.

Name tags revealed Recklings, Wickmans, Fatjos and Whelesses in the mix that gathered at the Houston Museum of Natural Science for the inaugural gathering. That meant paydirt for the organization that was represented on this night by Kelly Thompson, chair of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation, Justin Rhodes of the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department and Texas Game Warden Major William Skeen.

The goal of Stewards of the Wild: "Connecting a new generation of Texans to outdoor experiences and engaging them in statewide conservation projects."

Caroline Wagner leads the Houston Advisory Council of Stewards of the Wild, which will work to engage their YP peers through service and shared experiences in nature.  Stewards of the Wild is planning upcoming events with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Houston and a camping trip for members to Texas Parks and Wildlife’s newly-acquired 17,000-acre Powderhorn Ranch on the Gulf Coast.

More than 120 turned out for the cocktail reception held amid the museum's wildlife exhibits including Chris Attar, Stephen Reckling, Douglas Schnitzer, Lauren Farmer, Mallory Shary, Jenna Walter, David Wheless, Ally Wickman, Austin Fatjo, Sara Cain and Kate Thompson.

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