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Photos by Mayve Strong

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also view our BIrds of Hagerman List

Refuge Information

Featuring 11,000 acres of outdoor recreation opportunities, Hagerman NWR is the largest natural space in North Texas freely available to the public. It is an excellent destination for BirdingHiking,  Wildlife ViewingFishing, Boating and regulated Hunting.

Like many national wildlife refuges, Hagerman NWR has a very active Friends organization who offer a variety of nature-themed, family-friendly Events, Tram Tours of the refuge, Seminars and Field Trips for schools, scouts and other groups. In addition, the Photo Club hosts informative meetings, seminars and field trips.

  • Admission to the refuge and visitor center, parking and all events and activities are free (except where stated otherwise)
  • Drive on any road unless gated
  • Please take care not to block gates when stopping or parking.
  • Leashed dogs and bicycles (including e-bikes) are welcome.
  • Kayaks and other non-motorized boats are welcome with some restrictions.
  • Restrooms are located at the Visitor Center, Environmental Education Park, the Goode Picnic Area, Big Mineral Picnic Area and Sandy Day Use Area.
Refuge lands are open every day of the year, from sunrise until sunset.

Visitor Center Hours:

  • Monday Through Saturday: 9am to 4pm
  • Sunday: 1pm to 5pm
  • Open everyday except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years

Refuge Office Hours:

  • Monday Through Friday: 7:30am to 4pm
  • Closed for federal holidays

The speed limit is 20 mph throughout the refuge.  Exceeding the speed limit may result in a Federal ticket.

America The Beautiful Park Passes

Park Passes are sold by refuge staff. Ring the door-bell at the window inside the Visitor Center for staff assistance.   More information

Note: Nature Nook volunteers may not sell park passes

For more information, please visit our FAQ page or More on Refuge Rules.

Questions?  friendsofhagerman@gmail.com

Lucy by Mary Elford Hulshouser

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Left to Right: Mike Petrick, Nancy Riggs, Jack Chiles and Terry Goode

Every Tuesday Jack Chiles and his team of experienced birders perform a refuge-wide bird census.  View his full report, including field notes.

Weekly Bird Census:

Birding with Jack 

Enjoy a ninety minute tour of the refuge.  Learn about the town flooded to create Lake Texoma while enjoying the birds and other wildlife.

Tram Tours  Group Tram Request

With different nature-themed topics every month,  the kids will love our children's program: The Refuge Rocks!  Reservations are required.

The Refuge Rocks! 

For nature crafts you can do at home with detailed instructions, visit:

Puddles' Craft Corner

Refuge Update:

Need an outing?  Enjoy the Auto Tour from the comfort of your vehicle, and check out all of the new educational items in the Nature Nook. 

Refuge Update:

Wildlife Drive is open! Everything is open!  Enjoy!


Save the Date:  

This year's Refuge Roundup will be October 12, 2024

Upcoming events

    • July 13, 2024
    • 10:00 AM
    • Hagerman National Wildlife Visitor Center

    Little Blue Heron by Pam Rendall-Bass

    Hagerman NWR has a great number of water birds. In the winter they are mostly ducks and geese. In the spring and fall they are mostly sandpipers and plovers. In the summer, they are mostly waders, the herons and egrets. This month’s talk will discuss how waders are different from the others and will examine how to identify them.

    Dr. Wayne Meyer is Associate Professor of the Biology department at Austin College, where he has been teaching for 30 years. He started birding at 13 in Connecticut. In 1993 he finally achieved his life’s dream of being paid to look at birds when he joined the faculty of Austin College. He has birded both coasts of the U.S. extensively and now has spent a quarter century birding in Texas and Oklahoma. The proximity of Austin College to Hagerman NWR has made research on prairie birds easy and convenient and he has been studying song learning and singing in Painted Buntings for over a decade. Meyer is also a sought after speaker for Master Naturalist groups and a frequent speaker at the Friends of Hagerman NWR second Saturday programs.

    • July 20, 2024
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Hagerman NWR Visitor Center
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    The national bird of the United States featured on our quarters is the iconic bald eagle, found throughout the rest of North America as well. Learn about the migration and habitats of these majestic birds.  Discover the world of eagles and learn what they look like, where they live on the planet, the habitats they prefer, and other interesting facts.  We'll be learning about the bald eagle while participating in fun activities along with an eagle craft!   

    Come join us on July 20 for a free class for youth ages 5-10.  Registration Required.

    Photo of Lucy by Mary Elford Hulshouser

    Photo by Mary Elford Hulshouser

Other Events

All events are free and open to the public, some may require Membership

The 2024 Annual Free Fishing Event

2024 Nature'Ology: A Fun Day of Learning About Nature!

Don't miss our day camp for 10-12 year olds in June, 2025!

2024 Spring Festival: Choctaw Cultural Day

by Lea Watson, Thank You, Lea!

Enjoy: 2023 Favorite Clips Video: Hagerman Wildlife on Youtube

By Richard Barnes

Wilson's Snipe by Richard Barnes

Friends of Hagerman Mission

Friends of Hagerman NWR Foundation is a 501(c)(3) corporation whose mission is to instill reverence, respect, and conservation of our wild creatures and habitats through supporting environmental education, recreational activities, and programs of Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Bobcat by Brenda Kay Edwards

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Events and activities hosted by the Friends of Hagerman are funded by donations and powered solely by volunteers.  There are no fees for admission to the refuge or parking; the refuge is open from sunrise to sunset every day of the year, drive on any road unless gated.

6465 Refuge Road

Sherman, TX 75092


Kroger: Stop by the customer service desk at Kroger and link your Kroger Card to the Friends of Hagerman: the Friends will get rewards for every dollar you spend, at no cost to you.

Please add friendsofhagerman@gmail.com to your contacts to ensure delivery of registration confirmations, account information and the Featherless Flyer

Special thanks to Nancy Miller for the amazing photo of the Visitor Center 

See you at the refuge!

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