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The Refuge Rocks! 

Programs for Children, Scouts and School Groups

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The Refuge Rocks! Upcoming Programs

    • August 20, 2022
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • The Visitor Center
    • 12

    You've probably heard that possums like to play dead, and your mom may call it “playing possum” when you just lay there without moving.  Is this really what possums are like?  Do possums really like to play dead?  Are they called possums or opossums?  Maybe you’re walking through the woods at dusk when you see an odd creature shuffling along. As it passes, you are struck by the thick, naked tail, the pointed snout, coarse fur, and weirdly long fingers. It's a Virginia Opossum!  It’s a familiar and common creature in many parts of North America. Some find them creepy. Some find them cute. But, when you see one up close, you can’t help but be struck by just how utterly amazing it is. It has a prehensile tail. It has a thumb. It doesn’t look like anything else you see in field or forest.  Come to our Refuge Rocks program to learn lots of interesting facts about the opossum.  This free nature activity program is for youth ages 5-10.

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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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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Special thanks to Nancy Miller for the amazing photo of the Visitor Center 

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