Welcome to the Friends of Hagerman
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of wildlife, nature, and the Refuge.

Anytime is a great time to visit Hagerman NWR...

Especially Springtime!  Enjoy newly green fields and trees, early wildflowers, migratory birds on their spring passage - from Yellow-headed Blackbirds to American White Pelicans!  Look for the resident Bald Eagles, taking time off the nest to catch a fish or two. Enjoy cool spring days before summer blasts into North Texoma!  See you at the Refuge!

Butterfly Garden Walks at HNWR

Butterfly Garden Walks are set for the first, third and fifth (if applicable) Saturdays, through October.  During June - September the hours will be 9:30 - 11:30 am.  These walks are free - come and go or come and stay.  Family friendly - bring your camera, too! Garden docents will be on hand to help you identify the native Texas plants and visiting butterflies, and we have close focus binoculars you can borrow to take a really good look at the bugs and butterflies!  Free butterfly garden literature is available also. What's not to like?. (Photo, Monarch, by Nancy Miller)

Tram Tours at Refuge

Observe wildlife at Hagerman NWR aboard our open air, all-electric Carlos and Eulalia Cardinal Express Tram!  Tours are set for 2 pm each Saturday and Sunday, weather and lake level permitting. Your driver/guide points out and identifies wildlife along the Wildlife Drive during the 90-minute tour, making frequent stops for photo taking.

Tram tours are recommended for age 6 - adult. For information and to make reservations, please call the Refuge, 903 786 2826 during Nature Nook hours, 9 am - 4 pm, Monday - Saturday and 1 - 5 pm on Sundays. Please do not leave voicemail messages as volunteers cannot retrieve them.

Tram tours are free of charge; however,  donations are accepted for the maintenance fund.

Service dogs are allowed on the tram; no other animals are allowed.

Special tours may be arranged for groups of up to 12 individuals.  Call the Refuge and leave a contact message for the Friends, for details.


Friends Projects

Want to get involved?

Friends maintain and monitor the three Bluebird trails at the Refuge.

Friends operate the Nature Nook book and gift shop in the Visitor Center.  The Friends of Hagerman Nature Nook, offering books and gifts, is located in the Visitor Center at the Refuge; hours for the Nature Nook are 9 am -  4 pm, Monday - Saturday, and 1 - 5 pm Sunday. Closed Thanksgiving day and Christmas day. Field guides, nature-themed T's,  hats and caps, jewelry, bird houses, collectibles, activities and gifts for children, coffee mugs and more! Shown below, children's books - wonderful way to continue learning about nature after you get back home!

Friends maintain the Butterfly Garden.  Please visit the garden, across the parking lot from the Visitor Center.  See Butterfly Garden for details and how you can help! 

Friends organize Second Saturdays, The Refuge Rocks, Nature Photography Club, Spring Break at HNWR as well as volunteers for talks, activities and programs for all ages.

Friends coordinate the Outdoor Crew with Refuge staff, recruting volunteers who keep trails tidy, restore habitat and make Refuge improvements.

Volunteers are always welcome!  Just let us know your interests.


Hagerman Youth

Check out our page for youngsters!  Schedule of events, ideas for nature fun at home, and more! See Hagerman Youth.

Latest News

For the latest news on Friends activities at Hagerman NWR, please see News.

Become a Friend

Membership in the non-profit Friends of Hagerman NWR is open to individuals and families. We would love to have you join us!

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Events » July 2018
All Day
The Refuge Office and Visitor Center at Hagerman NWR will be closed on Wed., July 4, 2018. Regular hours resume July 5. Refuge lands are open daily from sunrise to sunset. View Details
12:00pm – 1:30pm
Garden Docents meet monthly to train fro identifying butterflies and native Texas plants, as well as plan for tours and other garden events. the program for July will be the video, Sex, Lies and... View Details
10:00am – 11:30am
According to National Geographic, the prehistoric-looking alligator snapping turtle is the largest freshwater turtle in North America and among the largest in the world. With its spiked shell... View Details
10:00am – 11:30am
What has six legs, compound eyes, three body parts and loves to sing, dance and fly? You guessed it...BUGS! Join us on Saturday, July 21 to learn about these amazing creatures. Refuge Rocks is a free... View Details
10:00am – 11:30am
What has six legs, compound eyes, three body parts and loves to sing, dance and fly? You guessed it...BUGS! Join us on Saturday, July 21 to learn about these amazing creatures. Refuge Rocks is a free... View Details
1:00pm – 3:00pm
Chris Jackson, the owner of the web site Urban Wildlife will be our speaker for the July meeting. The presentation will be about places in the DFW Metroplex 10-county area covered on his web site... View Details
8:00am – 10:00am
Spend the morning with your children and grandchildren improving the wildlife habitats along the hiking trails at Hagerman NWR by removing refuse. Cans, bottles, fishing line and other debris along... View Details
10:00am – 4:00pm
Walt's next workshop will focus on wildflowers, with a morning of sketching and afternoon spent with watercolors. See instructor bio, attached; supply list will be emailed to those who register. As... View Details
Friends of Hagerman
6465 Refuge Road
Sherman, TX 75092
(903) 786-2826