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Programs for Children, Scouts and School Groups

FREE and open to the public.

    • October 21, 2023
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Hagerman NWR Visitor Center
    • 19

    It's no wonder that one of our most popular superheroes is based on a man who has some of the best qualities of spiders.  They can do some awesome stuff!  Some fear them.  Others keep them as pets.  Either way, nobody can deny that spiders are some of the most intriguing animals around!  Almost anyone can identify a spider, but many people are confused about what really makes them different from other animals  The youth will learn some of the spider's major characteristics and interesting facts in this class about spiders.  They will learn why spiders are so important, what makes a spider a spider (8 legs or 6, 20 or 3 body parts, etc.), then make their own craft spiders and weave their own webs!  Come join us on October 21 for a free class to learn all about the amazing spider!  For ages 5-10.  Registration Required.

    • November 18, 2023
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Hagerman NWR Visitor Center
    • 22

    Did you know that Benjamin Franklin wanted the national bird to be a wild turkey rather than a bald eagle?  He did!  Ben voted for the turkey, but was outvoted, so our national bird is the regal bald eagle!  You might eat turkey at Thanksgiving, but did you know that lots of turkeys live in the wild.  In fact, they're commonly called wild turkeys and live all over the United States, including here at Hagerman NWR.  In our Talkin' Turkey class, the youth will discover what they real lives of wild turkeys are like.  They'll learn about hens, toms, caruncles, wattles, and snoods.  Children will even learn how to do the turkey strut and learn the turkey call!  Each child will make a terrific turkey craft to take home and have fun participating in turkey games and activities.  Come join us on November 18 for a free class to learn all about our resident wild turkeys!  For ages 5-10.  Registration Required. 

There will be no Refuge Rocks in December

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.

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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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