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About the Refuge

On national wildlife refuges, wildlife comes first. The establishment purpose of the Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge is to provide and manage habitat for migratory birds, wildlife, and plants native to this area, and to provide opportunity for outdoor recreation that is compatible. The refuge offers wildlife-dependent recreational opportunities, including wildlife observation and photography, fishing, hunting, and hiking, and educational programs.

More About the Refuge and its History

About the Friends

Our 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. 

With this mission in mind, the Friends work together with refuge staff to host educational programs for individuals, church and school groups, and scouts as well as monthly nature programs for adults.  They offer recreational tram tours of the refuge while educating participants about  the history and purpose of the refuge and the wildlife they see along the way.  They hold guided bird walks and butterfly walks to educate the public about these incredible creatures and the importance of environmental conservation for their survival. The Friends also help develop and distribute educational handouts for every visitor.  

Friends of Hagerman NWR Bylaws

The Nature Nook

The Friends of Hagerman Nature Nook offers field guides, books and other nature related items for sale, to enhance visitors' enjoyment of the Refuge and encourage further study about nature-related topics.  The shop is managed and staffed by volunteers, with proceeds going to fund Friends' projects at the Refuge.

Friends of the Year Awards

In 2013 the Friends of Hagerman received the very first Southwest Region Friends of the Year Award, given by the US Fish & Wildlife Service Southwest Region.  In 2018 they were awarded the honor a second time.

Service Opportunities

Do you love spending time at Hagerman NWR?  Are you interested in "giving back" to the Refuge?  Do you like to meet new people and have an interest in nature conservation?  If so, please contact us about joining a working committee of the Friends of Hagerman.

Come and join a dynamic group of go-getters and support your refuge!  You'll get way more out of the experience and the refuge the more time and effort you put in!

The Board of Directors

Meetings of the Board of Directors are held in the Visitor Center at the Refuge once every month except December.

Photo by Kenneth Myers

Teaching Children About Fish

Playing a Game About Nature

The Nature Nook Proceeds going to fund projects at the Refuge.

The Friends Host Periodic Fundraisers--A Fun Time For All

Annual meetings of the general membership of the Friends of Hagerman NWR are held at the Refuge in March.  The agenda for the annual meeting includes annual reports, a state of the Refuge report,  and election of Directors.

The 2024 - 2025 Board of Directors

Margaret Avard

Bryon Clark

Pat Crone

Bert Garcia

Jean Jones

Dr. Wayne Meyer

Derek Miller

Donna Rogers

Laurie Sheppard

Cindy Steele

Kim Tingle

Cathy Van Bebber

Judy Wilkins

Lisa Wilkins

    • March 16, 2025
    • 2:00 PM (CST)
    • Friends of Hagerman NWR Visitor Center

    The public is invited to attend The Friends of Hagerman annual meeting. The Board of Directors will present their activities and accomplishments of the past year, and board members beginning new terms will be elected.

    Date subject to change.

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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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