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Featuring 11,000 acres of outdoor recreation opportunities, Hagerman NWR is an excellent destination for BirdingWildlife Viewing,

HikingFishing, Boating, and regulated Hunting.  In addition, the Friends of Hagerman offer many activities, Events, Seminars, Volunteer Opportunities for individuals, and learning opportunities for school and church groups as well.

  • Drive on any road unless gated
  • Park anywhere: please take care not to block gates.
  • Admission to the refuge, parking, tram tours and other events/activities are free, funded by donations.
  • Leashed dogs and non-motorized bikes are welcome.

Refuge lands are open from sunrise to sunset every day of the year.  

Visitor Center Hours:

  • Monday Through Saturday: 9am to 4pm
  • Sunday: 1pm to 5pm
The Visitor Center is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Day

Visit our FAQ page or see More on Refuge Rules

Questions? Contact Us

    Summer Tanager (top) and Indigo Bunting photo by Donnie Simmons

    New! For Educators!

    Apply for your school field trip for the fall semester today!  First come, first served.

    Click for details

    Refuge Update:

    Need an outing?  Enjoy the Audio Auto Tour from the comfort of your air conditioned vehicle, and check out all of the new kid's educational items in the Nature Nook!

    2023 Hunt Dates   Hunt Areas and Application Link

    Painted Bunting photo by Donnie Simmons


    What's Going On?

    Check Out Our Calendar of Events

    Recent Sightings:  

    Scissor-tailed Flycatcher by Brenda Kay Edwards

    Tricolored Heron by Jack Chiles

    Bluestem Master Naturalists to Offer Landowner Program

    Sept 17, 2022, 9:00 am to 4:30 pm, Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center

    One of the Bluestem Chapter’s current initiatives is to educate landowners about ways in which they can preserve open space, increase habitat for wildlife, and get a property tax break at the same time. That option is a Wildlife Special Valuation.

    If you have land under an agriculture exemption, you may qualify for a Wildlife Special Valuation, a tax status that provides the same tax rate as agricultural exemptions while allowing the landowner to focus on improving habitat for wildlife, as opposed to traditional farming.

    This seminar will show you how to do both.

    ·       The morning session will cover the qualifications for Wildlife Special Valuations, how to apply for one, and guidelines for managing your land for wildlife.

    ·       The afternoon session will include speakers on wildlife management practices such as habitat improvement, providing supplemental food and water, and removal of undesirable and invasive plants.

    In between, enjoy touring the Butterfly Garden at Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge, where the program will be held. Please bring a sack lunch, as there are limited eating establishments nearby.

    You can reserve your place through the following link:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/landowner-education-program-managing-your-land-for-wildlife-tickets-378079926237

    For more information about the program, download the Factsheet.  

    Questions?  Contact landownerseries@gmai.com

    US Fish and Wildlife Service Mission

    We work with others to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people.

    Friends Organizations are crucial to the collective mission of the Refuge System to conserve and protect the wildlife of this great nation and help millions of Americans understand that their actions today determine the legacy we leave for tomorrow.

    Lunar Eclipse at the Refuge, May 15, 2022

    By Jeff Gladden

    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.

    Catch of the Day! Little Blue Heron by Pam Rendall-Bass

    Southern Dogface on Rock Rose by Laurie Sheppard

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    Friends of Hagerman NWR

    The refuge is open from sunrise to sunset every day of the year, drive on any road unless gated.

    Admission to the refuge, parking and most events/activities are funded by donations and powered by volunteers. 

    6465 Refuge Road

    Sherman, TX 75092

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    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 

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