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NOTICE: Weather permitting, the entire refuge will be CLOSED on Thursday, March 30, 2023, for an aerial feral hog control operation.


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, EventsSeminarsVolunteer 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.  

Sunrise by Pam Rendall-Bass

River Otter by Pam Rendall-Bass

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

    For more information, please visit our FAQ Page

    or see More on Refuge Rules

    Questions?   Contact Us

    Check out the latest Featherless Flyer Newsletter

    Lucy by JRolinc Photography 

    Refuge Update:

    Need an outing?  Enjoy the Audio Auto Tour from the comfort of your vehicle, and check out all of the new educational items in the Nature Nook.  The visitor center is open Monday through Saturday 9-4, Sunday 1-5.  It's a great time to visit the refuge!

    Bird Sighting:  Short Eared Owl

    This on a landscape mode with wider coverage of the habitat. As you can see he was seated right at the end of the water body and beginning of the bushes. On Plover Road, just after the burned patches on the right.  It was easy to miss them as a bark until you look closely and watch for movement.

    K.I.R.A.N Photography

    Recent Sightings:

    Above: Prescribed Burn by Mike Petrick

    Left: Cinnamon Teal by Pem Rendall-Bass

    There is A Lot Going On!


    Check Out Our 

    Calendar of Events

    The Butterfly Garden Docent Program is Back!

    Join Them Saturday, March 25, 2023, 9:45 – 11:30 a.m. in the Visitor Center

    Do you love butterflies and native plants? Do you enjoy being outdoors and meeting new people? If so, then consider joining a group of volunteers who serve as docents in the Butterfly Garden at Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge. This meeting for new and returning docents.

    Recommended Reading:

    ISBN: 9781800082076

    Publication: August 22, 2022


    Why, when so many people understand the severity of environmental problems, is progress so slow and sustainability such a distant goal? What gets in the way? Perhaps you have immediately thought of several barriers. In Obstacles to Environmental Progress, Peter Schulze identifies 18 practical obstacles that routinely and predictably hinder U.S. progress on existing environmental problems. The obstacles apply to problems small and large and, in most cases, regardless of whether an issue is controversial. Though the book focuses on the U.S., most of the obstacles pertain elsewhere as well.

    The obstacles fall into three categories: challenges to anticipating, detecting, and 

    understanding problems; political and economic factors that interfere with responding; and obstacles to effective responses. While all the obstacles are predictable and common, they have not been systematically studied as related phenomena, perhaps because they span a wide range of academic disciplines. In practice, they often arise as surprises that are then addressed in an ad hoc manner. Might they be better understood and thus more readily anticipated and overcome or avoided?

    The book seeks to hasten environmental progress by forewarning and thus forearming those who are striving or will soon be striving for environmental progress, and by drawing scholarly attention to the obstacles as a set of related phenomena to systematically understand and more quickly overcome.

    Praise for Obstacles to Environmental Progress

    ‘I have never come across another book that gives students such an accessible and helpful guide to the broad scope of the challenges facing an environmentally sound and sustainable future.’ 

    Al Wurth, Lehigh University

    ‘We’ve long needed something like this: a gazetteer for answering the endless series of objections and overcoming the repetitive obstacles that stand between us and the environmental progress we urgently require.’

    Bill McKibben, author of The End of Nature and founder of 350.org and Third Act

    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.

    Little Blue Heron by Pam Rendall-Bass

    Southern Dogface on Rock Rose by Laurie Sheppard

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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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