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 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.

2019 Friends of Hagerman Photo Contest

The 2019 Nature Photography Contest opens on August 1, 2019 and closes on August 31, 2019.  Send in your entries on CD, DVD, thumb drive or upload them to WeTransfer.com.  You can even email them to us!  Pay for entries in our shop, or in person at the Refuge.  FOH Photo Club members pay $1/entry and non-members pay $2/entry.

Dig through your photos!  Anything taken at the Refuge in the last five years is accepted.  Encourage your children to participate.  We even have a youth award.

To review the rules, click here!

To pay for entries, click here!

Latest News

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

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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 » August 2019
1
Thu
10:00am – 12:00pm
Garden Docents monthly meeting; visitors are welcome to come and learn more about volunteering in this enjoyable program! The agenda includes reports on past activities, educational topics, and... View Details
3
Sat
9:00am – 11:00am
Enjoy a stroll through the Butterfly Garden at Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge. Come on your own or bring the family. Garden docents will be on hand to help you identify the Texas native plants and... View Details
10
Sat
10:00am – 12:00pm
Dr. Ian Thompson, Registered Professional Archaeologist, will be presenting a talk on Ethnobotany. Dr. Thompson and his wife Amy manage the Nan Awaya Heritage Homestead, a bison ranch dedicated to... View Details
11:00am – 1:00pm
Immediately following the Second Saturday program, Wil House will be demonstrating a method of making arrowheads from flint. It will be done outside the Visitor Center so audience will need to dress... View Details
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Sun
2:00pm – 4:00pm
"The Biology, Behaviors, and Integrated Pest Management of the Emerald Ash Borer" presented by David Parsons. The Emerald Ash Borer is one of the most significant invasive insects since the... View Details
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Sat
10:00am – 11:30am
"Busy as a Beaver and Overworking Otters" Even though beavers and river otters live in the same sort of habitats, they are completely different animals. They have very different bodies, different... View Details
10:00am – 11:30am
"Busy as a Beaver and Overworking Otters" Even though beavers and river otters live in the same sort of habitats, they are completely different animals. They have very different bodies, different... View Details
Friends of Hagerman
6465 Refuge Road
Sherman, TX 75092
(903) 786-2826