Activities
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, 2016, and a huge thank you to all these volunteer presenters through the years!

NOTE!!  Second Saturday for Youth, begun in 2009, was discontinued in 2013, in  favor of Youth FIRST, which, by meeting the first Saturday, February - June, and August - December, through 2016 allowed the use of two separate meeting rooms for the two age groups.  In 2017 a new nature series for youth will be launched, The Refuge Rocks, meeting on the THIRD Saturday of each month, January through November. Please see Hagerman Youth for more info.

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The Refuge Rocks - Turtles at HNWR - For Ages 8 - 12
Saturday, May 20, 2017, 10:00am – 11:30am
The more than 293 species of turtles alive today inhabit a variety of habitats including marine, freshwater and terrestrial regions throughout the temperate and tropical regions of the world. Turtles are best known for the hard shell (also called a carapace). Learn top turtle facts and which species are found at the Refuge at this free nature program! Please register each child separately, online or by phoning the Refuge, 903 786 2826, and note deadline for signing up, May 18. Parents may accompany youngsters in this age group (optional).
Tram Tours

All aboard the all-electric Carlos and Eulalia Cardinal Express for a 60 - 90 minute tour along Wildlife Drive at the Refuge.  Free (donations accepted). Guided tours offered  at 2 pm on Saturdays and Sundays,  weather permitting.  Call 903 786 2826 for reservations, limited seating.  Standbys accepted on weekends if space permits.  Please note - volunteers cannot access messages on Refuge phone system, to make a reservation or to cancel,  please speak to a volunteer 9 am - 4 pm Monday - Saturday or 1 - 5 pm on Sundays, thank you. And sorry, no dogs other than service animals allowed on board the tram.

 

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.

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