Coming in December



Events » November 2015
10:00am – 11:30am
Children will learn to recognize art in nature - color, texture, shape and more! and create their own Nature Art. Hands-on nature activities for ages 4 -7; parents must accompany this age group... View Details
10:00am – 11:30am
Discover art in nature - it is all around us! Color, texture, shape and more! Then create your own nature art! Leader - Ginger Mynatt. For ages 8 - 12. Please register each child separately and... View Details
8:00am – 9:30am
Meet Dr. Wayne Meyer at the Refuge Visitor Center BY 8 am for a guided birding walk; Wayne will speak on sparrows at 10 am so watch for them especially! Walk will be cancelled in case of rain. Bring... View Details
10:00am – 11:30am
Dr. Wayne Meyer, Associate Professor of Biology at Austin College will help you learn to recognize the many different species of these small passerine birds that can be found at HNWR at various times... View Details
3:00pm – 4:00pm
The Bluestem Chapter, Texas Master Naturalists present Bonnie Bradshaw, founder of 911 Wildlife, in this free program, open to the public. Visitor Center Meeting room. View Details
10:00am – 12:00pm
Meeting will be held in the Visitors Center Meeting Room, at 10 am. Those who want to come early to get in some photography field work before the meeting begins, meet at 8 am in the Visitors Center... View Details
4:30pm – 8:00pm
Pulled pork BBQ and all the trimmings!! 6th Annual Friend-and-Fund-Raiser at HNWR. Proceeds go to activities and projects at the Refuge. Serving from 4:30 - 8 pm. Come to the Visitor Center for... View Details
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


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