Check out our Hagerman Youth page! In addition to monthly events, you will find nature-related activities to do at home and links to great info for youngsters and their families.
New year, new ways! Starting in January, 2017, the monthly youth nature program is set for the THIRD Saturday, January through November. The Refuge Rocks is the name for the new program, with a different topic each month, geared to two ages levels, ages 4 - 7 and 8 - 12.
Children in the younger group are to be accompanied by a parent or other responsible adult, and parents are invited to attend with older children.
Making reservations for this free program is optional; we know many folks have to plan at the last minute, but it helps us assure sufficient materials for each child. You may register online or by calling the Refuge, 903 786 2826. (For those who have participated previously, check out our streamlined registration!)
(Photo by Cindy Steele)
Can you identify an animal by its tracks? Download and print this puzzle page to test your skill - identify animals found at national wildlife refuges! Page 2 has the answers, but don't peek!
This video from Cornell Lab of Ornithology gives a good overview of bird migration.
Click here to view file with wingspan of various birds - spread your arms and ask someone to measure your "wingspan". Which bird's wingspan are you closest to?
Wild places are fun - but they are wild! Be safe - always go with a grownup who knows the dangers in your area - whether sunburn, ticks, or snakes...Some other safety tips are:
Do not touch wild animals. A wild animal that allows you to get close enough to touch may be sick ro injured and may bite.
Do not touch or pick up baby animals and birds; their parents are watching and may become angry.
Don't eat wild berries and plants unless an expert says it is ok.
Nests and animal scats may hold germs and insects; avoid touching with bare hands, and if you do, wash well!
Check out these tips for watching wildlife from Texas Parks & Wildlife.