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Facilities

The Game Warden Training Center facility is now a 200-acre complex located in rural Hamilton County. The first cadet class graduated there in 2009. This page describes both the completed facilities and planned areas. This is still an active and growing training complex.  The center had previously been located at the Texas A&M campus (1946-1975) and central Austin (1975-2008).

Completed Facilities

Outside view of the Administration Building

Administration Building

The Administration Building serves as the hub of the Texas Game Warden Training Center. It features a high-ceiling stone lobby area, office space, conference rooms, records storage area, and other essentials for the administration of a modern training facility.

 

Inside view of main classroom

Education Building

The classrooms in this facility are used for both cadet training and in-service classes for commissioned peace officers. State-of-the-art presentation technologies are included in the lecture hall, which seats up to 100 people. A computer area provides space for continuing education materials, in-service publications, cadet training, and online testing. This facility features the Firearms Training Simulator. It provides critical training for decision-making skills via instructor-controlled video scenarios. Storage is also there for the wide variety of wildlife mounts used for cadet training, continuing education, and public outreach.

 

Cadets dining inside dining hall

Dining Hall

The completed hall accommodates 120 cadets, staff, and visitors of the Texas Game Warden Training Center.  The recently remodeled kitchen is world-class, equipped with modern energy-efficient commercial appliances.

 

View of the porch side of the staff residence

Staff Residence

One on-site residence serves the housing needs of staff Director and their family permanently stationed at the Texas Game Warden Training Center.

 

Firing range with bleacher area

Outdoor Firing Range

The firing range is a fundamental component of any law enforcement training program.  The Texas Game Warden Training Center range includes a 25-yard handgun range, 50-yard rifle range, and a covered area to shelter shooters and range equipment.

 

Front entrance roadside view

Front Entrance Gate

The entrance gate to the Texas Game Warden Training Center provides security for the center grounds.  The structure is constructed of iron and stone and includes landscaping, lighting and an automatic gate with phone system interlink. Designed in the old Texas fort style, it is stylistically consistent with the other buildings in the complex.

 

Cadet walking into a dormitory entrance

Cadet Dormitories (Two)

New cadet quarters have been built to meet the needs of trainees living at the Game Warden Training Center for over a six-month period.  They use an efficient and sensible pod design, allowing groups of rooms to be heated/cooled only when necessary during a training period.  Each pod also has laundry facilities for the cadets to utilize.

 

Cadets working out inside gymnasium

Gymnasium and Fitness Center

Physical conditioning is an essential component of cadet training. The gymnasium houses fitness and weight training equipment, a dedicated area for defensive tactics skills training, and recreation areas for team development. This facility includes showers and locker rooms for men and women.

 

Maintenance Building viewed from the outside

Maintenance Building

This facility supports the ongoing maintenance of the entire Game Warden Training Center, including its buildings, facilities, infrastructure and equipment.  The building consists of a repair and fabrication shop for general maintenance needs, as well as auto and marine equipment repair.  Vehicle and equipment storage is also a part of this structure.

 

Planned Buildings Include

Line drawing of water rescue facility design

Water Rescue Facility

Game Wardens routinely patrol Texas lakes and rivers, commercial ports, and the entire Texas coast.  This world-class facility will house a 25-meter pool and the necessary equipment for the rigorous swimming, aquatic survival, and water-rescue training required of cadets and licensed game wardens.  Approximate planned square footage: 5,900-6,100

 

Line drawing of plan for infirmary building

Infirmary / Call to Quarters Building

An existing building adjacent to the kitchen facility will be renovated as a multi-use facility.  A portion of the building will be dedicated to an on-site infirmary, providing the necessary space and equipment to respond to the minor medical needs of the cadets and staff.  The rest of the building will house the on on duty call to quarters team.  Approximate planned square footage: 1,600

 

Line drawing of planned Instructor Dorm

Instructor Dorm

The current guest facility will be rebuilt to house both agency and guest instructors.  Space is required for a minimum of ten instructors.  Two rooms will be modified for double occupancy, and the remaining rooms will be single occupancy. A common area will also be provided.  Approximate planned square footage: 2,400

 

Numerous cadets on monkey bars of obstacle course

Track and Obstacle Course

Physical conditioning is an essential component of the Texas Game Warden Training Center. The jogging track will be a standard 1/4-mile, multi-lane track. The obstacle course is designed to develop the leadership and technical skills needed by personnel to perform tasks in a realistic outdoor environment. It provides intensive physical training and builds teamwork.  Approximate acreage: 5-6.