The Refuge Rocks — Who has seen the wind?

Saturday, June 17, 2017, 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., Ages 4 - 12

This is a free nature program for youth at Hagerman NWR. Guests will learn about wind — gusty, blustery, breezy — what makes the wind blow? Registration is optional but helps the staff have enough materials ready for each child who will attend. Please register each child using the new registration online at or by calling the Refuge at (903) 786-2826. There will be a new topic each month. Parent/responsible adult must accompany youngsters in the 4-7 age group, and are welcome to attend with children ages 8-12.

Butterfly Garden Walk

Saturday, June 17, and July 1, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Stroll through the Butterfly Garden at Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge. Guests can come on their own or bring the family. Garden docents will be on hand to help guests identify the Texas native plants and the butterflies in the garden. Close-focus butterfly binoculars will be available to help guests get a close look. Special activities for families available include: scavenger hunts, 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 during Refuge hours.

Outdoor crew work day

Saturday, June 24, 8:00 a.m.

Guests are invited to join the Outdoor Crew at Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge, to spruce up trails and trim and remove brush, trash and general cleanup. Volunteers will meet at the Visitor Center the first Tuesday and the fourth Saturday of each month. For more information, contact

Garden work day

Wednesdays, June – October: June 28, 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Individuals who enjoy gardening can spend time beautifying the butterfly garden at HNWR as part of a team that meets on Wednesday mornings through the growing season, weather permitting, for two hours. The team is organized on a come-when-you-can basis. Gardeners provide their own tool; snacks and water are provided for them. Gardeners get to take home extra plants. For more information, contact

Garden docents meet

Thursday, July 6, 2017, 10:00 a.m.

Individuals interesting in leading tours in the Butterfly Garden can come and learn how to participate. Training to identify butterflies and native plants is ongoing at HNWR’s monthly meetings, on the first Thursday, June - November. Docents give garden tours to the public and assist with programs approximately twice each month, June - October, plus an all-day event Oct. 14. Meet in the Visitor Center. For more information, contact

Free tram tours, Saturdays and Sundays

Guests are welcome to take a guided tour of the Refuge with an expert birder aboard the open air, all-electric Carlos and Eulalia Cardinal Express. Individuals can enjoy a trip along Wildlife Drive and some of the Pad roads at the Refuge, with frequent stops to view and photograph wildlife, especially birds; visitors will also learn about the history of the town of Hagerman and how the Refuge operates.

These 60-90 minute guided tours are offered at 2 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, weather permitting. Seating space is limited, so reservations are encouraged by calling 903-786-2826 between 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday thru Saturday, or from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays. Individuals must speak to a volunteer when making or cancelling a reservation, as volunteers are unable to access messages on the Refuge phone system. No dogs except service dogs are permitted on the tram. Tours are free of charge; however, donations to the tram maintenance fund are accepted.