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Learn about nature while making a nature craft with Puddles!

Much more than detailed craft instructions, these activities include information about the creature being made, supply lists and pictures of every step! 

By Cindy Steele  (Bio)

Nothing compares to the quality time experienced while completing a nature craft with a child.


Legend has it that seeing or catching a ladybug is a sign of good luck! If you ever come across this peaceful insect, you can gently catch it but then make a wish and let it go. But, even if you do believe in this tale, you don’t want to bring this insect inside your home or any building, as they can multiply or reproduce and overtake structures. It’s fun to go on a flower safari…looking and taking pictures of beautiful flowers and hunting for bugs like ladybugs but be aware of private land. Don’t walk on private property and don’t pick flowers on private land.

Ladybugs are not just delightful and charming garden residents! They are also nature's tiny guardians, silently working to protect your plants from harmful pests. Also known as ladybirds or lady beetles, ladybugs are predators with a mighty appetite for plant-eating insects. Their favorite snacks are aphids, mealybugs, mites, and scale insects - all common pests that can wreak havoc in your garden!

There are about 5,000 different species of ladybugs in the world. They come in many different colors and patterns, but the most familiar in the US is the seven-spot ladybird, which has a shiny, red-and-black body. Most people like ladybugs because they are pretty, graceful, and harmless to humans. But farmers love them because they eat aphids and other plant...

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Earth Day 2024

It’s that time of year to celebrate our home – the Earth! We live on this great big, wonderful planet, so it’s time to celebrate our home and think about ways to keep the Earth healthy and happy! Earth Day is celebrated each year in April. This year’s Earth Day celebration will be on Monday, April 22, 2024.

Our planet is a wonderful place to live, but it needs our help to thrive! That’s why each year on April 22, more than a billion people celebrate Earth Day to protect the planet from things like pollution and deforestation. By taking part in activities like picking up litter and planting trees, we’re making our world a happier, healthier place to live.

Earth Day is a great time to think about all the ways the Earth takes care of us and think of ways that we can take care of it! From the soil that helps to grow the food we eat to the water and air that give us life, we have so much to thank Mother Earth for. Earth Day is a good opportunity to get back in touch with nature and give back in ways that make the Earth a better place for all of us to live.

Celebrating Earth Day With Kids

Getting kids involved in taking care of the planet when they’re young encourages them to continue these habits as they grow older. It’s important to teach kids to be good stewards of the Earth and encourages them to love and respect their planet and nature. There are so many fun and engaging ways you can celebrate Earth Day with kids and family while being conscious of taking care of it and making it a safe and wonderful place to live! Here are some great ideas to do with kids and the family!

1. Go On A Nature Scavenger Hunt

It’s always fun to go on a nature hike and it’s even more fun to make the hike a scavenger hunt! Make a list of natural things that you want to hunt for while going on your hike. You can find lots of nature scavenger hunt ideas and forms online. There are also...

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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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