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The Refuge Rocks! 

Programs for Children, Scouts and School Groups

FREE and open to the public; powered by Donations and Volunteers.

The Refuge Rocks! Upcoming Programs

    • May 21, 2022
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • The Visitor Center

    Have you ever found a bird’s nest while exploring outside?  They are absolutely amazing.  What makes it even more incredible is that these little creatures do it all with no hands!  Bird nests can be made of twigs, grass, plants, mud, spider silk, moss, and almost any other materials birds can get their beaks on.  Some birds, like eagles, build their nests high in the trees to keep them safe from predators. Other birds build their nests on the ground or in low shrubs. There are as many types of bird nests as there are types of birds!  Come join us  for a fun challenge…can you build a nest using natural materials just like real birds do? NO GLUE OR TAPE ALLOWED!!! This “Make A Bird’s Nest” project is a fun way to test out our creative building ideas and problem solving!   This free nature activity program is for youth ages 5-10. 

    • June 04, 2022
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • First Pond on Refuge Road

    Let's celebrate Texas Free Fishing Day by coming out to the refuge to fish with us.  This special Refuge Rocks event for ages 4-16 will be head on Saturday, June 4 at 10:00-12:00.  Come to the first pond on Refuge Road - look for the sign.  We provide poles and bait or you may bring your own.  We will also have some fishy craft fun!  Parent or other responsible adult must accompany children.  Sturdy shoes, hats, sunscreen and insect repellent recommended, as well as lawn chairs.  You may bring a picnic lunch and non alcoholic beverages...no glass containers please!  There is no advanced registration needed for this event.  This program will be cancelled in case of bad weather.


Puddles' Craft Corner 

Fun nature crafts for kids with all the instructions you need!

Individual, Self-Paced Activities:

The Junior Ranger Fishing Program

No matter who you are or where you live, fishing is a great way to spend time outdoors with friends and family. For safe and enjoyable fishing trips, visit national fish hatcheries, national parks and national wildlife refuges. It you’re ready to learn, explore and have fun, fishing is for you.

Print out the activity book in the link above, or pick one up in the visitor center.  Show your completed book to the volunteer at the information desk to receive your badge.

Cindy Steele

Cindy Steele, Chairperson of Children's Activities of the Hagerman NWR Board of Directors, is from Whitewright, Texas and has lived in Sherman for 39 years.  She was a teacher for 31 years and retired in 2012.  She taught 3rd grade for most of that time, but also taught preschool, 5th grade, middle school theater arts/speech, and high school theater arts.  She received her Bachelor of Arts and Masters of Arts degrees from Austin College.  Cindy is married and has one son. 

Cindy began volunteering with the Friends of Hagerman after she retired from teaching in 2012 and has been enjoying working with the youth activities and butterfly garden docent program since.  She is a member of the Hagerman NWR Board of Directors and a Certified Texas Master Naturalist having completed the initial training in the fall of 2018.

Fun Links for Kids

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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