Events » October 2015
10:00am – 11:30am
Did you know that bats are natural pest controllers? Nature activities for children ages 4 - 12; learning through fun! Crafts, games, stories, films and more. children are divided into two age... View Details
10:00am – 11:30am
Did you know that bats are our only flying mammal?? Nature activities for children ages 4 - 12; learning through fun! Crafts, games, stories, films and more. children are divided into two age groups... View Details
8:00am – 9:30am
Join Texas Master Naturalist Jack Chiles for a guided birding walk on one of the trails at Hagerman NWR. Meet at Visitor Center by 8 am, return in time for Second Saturday presentation. Bring... View Details
10:00am – 11:30am
Learn fascinating insect facts of “six-legged science” and about several aspects of insect biology, including life cycle, predators and prey, predator avoidance, sex and violence, and social... View Details
3:00pm – 4:00pm
The public is invited to celebrate the grand opening of the Butterfly Garden at Hagerman NWR. Enjoy a garden stroll to view butterflies and blooms! Refreshments will be served. Learn to make an... View Details
10:00am – 12:00pm
Learn to recognize clues and signs that animal leave behind and go out on the trail to test your tracking skills! Program in Visitor Center with a craft, followed by a hike, weather permitting. View Details
10:00am – 12:00pm
Learn the important role of wildflowers on the prairie, a nectar source for pollinators and more. There will be a talk, in the Visitor Center, followed by a walk in the butterfly garden, weather... View Details
10:00am – 12:00pm
Take a hike!! Walk Harris Creek trail with a guide - learn trail safety and the history of Hagerman NWR. Meet guide at the Visitor Center. View Details
10:00am – 12:00pm
Join us in the release of Monarchs for the Fall migration to Mexico. Attend this program about Monarch butterfly and migration; there will be a butterfly release at the end of the program! View Details
10:00am – 11:00am
Meet with a docent at 10 am in the butterfly garden at the Refuge; walk through as the guide interprets the garden and identifies any visiting butterflies. Free. Weather permitting! View Details
9:00am – 11:00am
Take a hike with SCA Intern Courtney Anderson! Courtney is a certified interpretive hike leader and will add another dimension to your hiking experience, helping you explore along one of the trails... View Details
Coming in October


Federal Holidays

The Visitor Center and Refuge Office are closed on federal holidays, and no official business is conducted; please note that Senior and Access Passes are not available on these dates.   Refuge lands are open daily from sunrise - sunset unless otherwise posted..

Federal Holiday Calendar

  • Holiday
    Official Date
  • New Year's Day
    January 1
  • Inauguration Day
    January 20* (Every 4 years, only in DC, MD, VA)
  • Martin Luther King’s Birthday
    Third Monday in January
  • George Washington's Birthday
    Third Monday in February
  • Memorial Day
    Last Monday in May
  • Independence Day
    July 4
  • Labor Day
    First Monday in September
  • Columbus Day
    Second Monday in October
  • Veterans Day
    November 11
  • Thanksgiving Day
    4th Thursday in November
  • Christmas Day
    December 25


Hagerman NWR is a good place to bring the family, or a group.


Second Saturday Programs

 Second Saturdays  are free nature programs held at the Refuge and are open to the public.  The format is a talk, accompanied by slides, and may include a brief field trip on the Refuge, depending on topic.  Presenters are experts in the presentation topic and are drawn from area colleges, nature organizations and professionals in the field of wildlife/biology.


Second Saturdays at Hagerman NWR evolved after the second Red River Valley Birding and Nature Festival,  held in December, 2006.  A group of speakers had been identifed to serve as faculty for the first two festivals, giving the program committee a good starting point.  Click here for a list of all Second Saturday programs held from the beginning, April, 2007, through December, 2014, and a huge thank you to all these volunteer presenters through the years!

NOTE!!  Second Saturday for Youth has been discontinued in favor of Youth FIRST, meeting the first Saturday, February - June, and August - December, 2014.

Geese At Hagerman NWR

November - February - Trips to Hagerman NWR to see the huge flock of wintering geese are an annual holiday tradition for many visitors. Please stop by the Visitor Center for information and visitor services such as maps,  free wildlife guides and binoculars-for-loan.

Shorebird Migration at Hagerman NWR

Mid-March - mid-May and mid-August - late October are times to view the Central Flyway shorebird migration at the Refuge.  Each spring many thousands of shorebirds pass through,  on their way to breeding grounds in the northern US, Canada or the high Arctic.  They are back again in the fall, on their way to the tropics or even South America, to spend the winter.  The Refuge offers wetlands for resting and re-fueling.  Shorebirds can be a challenge to identify; literature and field guides are available at the Visitor Center.

Seasons of Wildlife at Hagerman NWR

 Click for more on the seasons of wildlife at the Refuge, 

Friends of Hagerman
6465 Refuge Road
Sherman, TX 75092
(903) 786-2826