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All events are FREE and open to the public: funded by Donations and powered by Volunteers.

Monthly Events:

The Little Sit

Join Us for our Sunrise Bird Count

Come and learn how to identify the birds of North Texas while enjoying the beautiful sunrise over Lake Texoma! Modeled after Cornell's national "Big Sit" event, a group of dedicated birders invite you to join them at sunrise to conduct a bird count as multiple species fly to the water and the surrounding land to feed. Leaders will bring spotting scopes and will provide tips for identification of the many species you will see. The First Saturday of every month, beginning 30 minutes before sunrise.

Registration is optional.

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Butterfly Garden Walks

Enjoy a stroll through the Butterfly Garden at Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge. Come on your own or bring the family. On designated Saturdays, garden docents will be on hand to help you identify the Texas native plants and the butterflies in the garden. Use our close-focus butterfly binoculars to get a really CLOSE look. Special activities for families available: pictures with Monarch wings, meet the Metamorphosis Puppet, and more. Garden walks are Come and Go or Come and Stay. The garden is free of charge and open to the public from sunrise to sunset every day of the year. Registration for this event is not necessary.

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Early Bird Walk with Jack Chiles

Master Naturalist Jack Chiles will lead our Early Bird Walk, weather permitting. Meet at the Visitor Center for a slow-paced walk along Harris Creek Trail, and return in time for the Second Saturday program.  Bring binoculars or borrow ours. Registration is not necessary.

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Second Saturday

The Friends of Hagerman host a speaker for a nature presentation on the Second Saturday of each month.  Topics vary every month, but always have relevance for people who love the refuge. Registration is not necessary.

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The Refuge Rocks! 

Every month the refuge sponsors an 90 minute program for children.  Parents are welcome but not required to stay for the program. Children will learn about nature while doing crafts and other fun activities. 

Registration  (Required)

Take a Tour on the Wildlife Explorer!

Come join us for a ride on the Wildlife Explorer! Our new and beautiful tram is available for hour-and-a-half tours of Hagerman every Saturday and Sunday at 2:00 pm weather permitting. Our tours are as varied as our drivers. Each tram driver has her/his approach to the tour. and you may learn about wildlife, birds, history of the refuge, habitat, photography, you name it! To paraphrase, “a Wildlife Explorer tour at 

Hagerman is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re going to get.” But you know it’s going to be good! Come see us! 

Free, open to the public, powered by donations. Registration recommended, standbys welcome as space permits. 


Self-Guided Auto Tour

The Auto Tour Route takes you on an exciting journey through historic sites of the refuge.  Along the way you will visit the old town of Hagerman, wildlife food plots, managed wetlands, prairies, and scenic Lake Texoma.  At each stop our virtual interpreter will tell you about the history of Hagerman, wildlife, habitats, refuge management activities, and the work of many volunteers that help keep this refuge in tip top shape. 

Self-Guided Activity: Virtual Cache Hunting

What is a Cache?

Pronounced cash.  It is a hiding place/location for items.


Geocaching is a game that you can participate in to find a hidden box.  When found you can exchange an item in the box for your own.  Because of the potentially destructive nature of the game, parks and refuges do not allow physical caches on their lands.  To solve this problem, Hagerman is allowing virtual cache hunting.

What is a Virtual Cache?

Virtual caches are more like points of interest.  A location that may show a particular event, item, or interesting destination.

Created by Roberto Garza


Annual Nature Photo Contest 

Every year in September, the Friends of Hagerman Photo Club sponsor a nature-themed photo contest.  For a small fee per photo, photographers may enter as many photos as they wish. 

All photographers are invited to participate in the contest, regardless of age or skill level.  Divisions include Beginner and Intermediate/Advanced: all photographers, including youth, are welcome!

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Photo:  2022 Best In Show


by Murali Hanabe

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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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