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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; programs are geared to the interest level age 12 - adult.  Presenters are experts in the presentation topic and are drawn from area colleges, nature organizations and professionals in the field of wildlife/biology.

Click here for a list of all Second Saturday programs held from the beginning, April, 2007, through December, 2017, and a huge thank you to all these volunteer presenters through the years!

NOTE!!  Second Saturday for Youth, begun in 2009, has morphed into The Refuge Rocks, meeting on the THIRD Saturday of each month, January through November. Please see Hagerman Youth for more info.

Events » May 2017
10:00am – 11:30am
Learn more about Dragonflies, with speaker, Laurie Sheppard. Visitors welcome. Garden docents meet monthly for training and planning; docents volunteer for garden tours and walks. View Details
8:00am – 9:30am
Join Texas Master Naturalist Jack Chiles for a guided birding walk on one of the trails at HNWR, Meet at the Visitor Center, bring binoculars or borrow ours. Return in time for Second Saturday... View Details
9:00am – 10:00am
Let's Buzz with the Bees!  Meet at 9 am on May 13, before Second Saturday, or at Noon, after Second Saturday, in the Butterfly Garden to photograph Pollinators, the May sharing theme. See... View Details
10:00am – 11:30am
North Texas experiences both weather extremes and rapidly changing weather - or as they say about Texas weather - if you don't like it, just wait awhile...or how about lightning never strikes twice... View Details
12:00pm – 1:00pm
Let's Buzz with the Bees!  Meet at 9 am on May 13, before Second Saturday, or at Noon, after Second Saturday, in the Butterfly Garden to photograph Pollinators, the May sharing theme. See... View Details
3:00pm – 5:00pm
Families are invited to bring Mom out to HNWR for a stroll through the Butterfly Garden. Garden docents will be on hand to help you learn about the native Texas plants and visiting butterflies, or... View Details
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... View Details
10:00am – 11:30am
What if you could carry your house around on your back, wherever you go? Turtles, the original "mobile home" do this! Learn about tortoises, terrapins, and turtles, and which kinds can we see at the... View Details
10:00am – 12:00pm
Enjoy a stroll through the Butterfly Garden at HNWR, with docents on hand to help you identify the butterflies, native Texas plants, and the connections between them! Free, come and go or come and... View Details
1:00pm – 3:00pm
Program topic for May - Wildlife Photography in Africa, presented by Jimmy Thomas. The sharing theme will be Pollinators. Club meetings are open to all interested in nature photography, regardless of... View Details
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 10 am on Saturdays, weather permitting.  Call 903 786 2826 for reservations since seating is limited.  Standbys are accepted, if space permits.  Tours are recommended for age 6 - adult.  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 are allowed on board the tram.


Hagerman Youth

 Check out nature activities for youth at Hagerman Youth.

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.

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.

Seasons of Wildlife at Hagerman NWR

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

Slide Show Photo Credits

Photos are selected entries from the 2017 HNWR Nature Photography Contest

Liftoff, by Alan Daniel

Sunrise Song, by Jeff Gladden

Encounter with Wildlife, by Carl Hill

Showing My Colors, by Mike Sweatt

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