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October 2017 Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge activities
By Friends of Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge
Oct 12, 2017
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Super Saturday: Butterfly Day

Saturday, October 14, 10:00 a.m. 4:00 p.m.

Celebrate butterflies and especially the Monarch! Instead of Second Saturday there will be guided garden walks, Monarch butterfly tagging demonstrations, talks on gardening for butterflies, butterfly facts, butterflies at HNWR, and Monarch migration! Paint a plaster butterfly or fold an origami one; butterfly life cycle craft, butterfly finger puppet, and making wildflower seed balls. Learn how to grow all-important milkweed. Rock painting demo, plus a native plant sale and sidewalk chalk art for kids. Plenty of indoor activities in case of rain.  Visit for the event schedule of activities.


Bugging Out

Wednesday, October 18, 6:30pm

Learn to pin insects.


Garden Work Day

Wednesdays throughout the growing season: October 18, and 25 at 9:00 11:00am

Love to garden?  Enjoy spending 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


Butterfly Garden Walk

Saturday, October 21, 9:30 11:30am

Enjoy a stroll through the Butterfly Garden at Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge.  Come on your own or bring the family.  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: 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.


The Refuge Rocks BATS! For Ages 4 7

Saturday, October 21, 10:00 11:30am

Bats are the only flying mammal! And - despite superstitions, they are the farmers' friend! Learn more at The Refuge Rocks!  Registration is optional but helps us have enough materials ready for each child who will attend. Please register each child: try our new simple registration online at or call the Refuge, (903)786-2826. Watch for 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.


Walt Davis Nature Journaling Workshop

Saturday, October 28, 2017, 10:00am 4:00pm

Walt Davis will lead a nature journaling workshop focusing on sharpening observational skills and recording impressions and information in a personally useful format. The workshop will explore the supplies needed, some key observational techniques, several methods for capturing simple images and will practice making records of actual encounters with nature.  Drawing talent or skill are not required, and students who missed previous workshops will still benefit from this new and revised version.  The fee for the workshop is $35.00 and we are requesting advance registration. The class size will be limited to 25, first come first served. Bring a brown bag lunch; bottled water, coffee and cookies will be provided.  Visit for more information and registration.


Outdoor Crew Work Day

Saturday, October 28, 9:00 11:00am

Show your love for nature! Join the Outdoor Crew at Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge, sprucing up trails, trimming and removing brush, trash and general cleanup! Meet at the Visitor Center the first Tuesday and the fourth Saturday of each month. For more information, contact


Free Tram Tours, Saturdays & Sundays

Saturdays and Sundays at 2pm, Recommended for adults and children 6 years old and over.

Take a guided tour of the refuge with an expert birder aboard the open air, all-electric Carlos and Eulalia Cardinal Express!  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.  Learn about the history of the town of Hagerman and the operation of the refuge.


This 60-90-minute guided tour is offered on Saturdays and Sundays at 2 pm, weather permitting.  Seating space is limited; please call to reserve your seat: 903-786-2826 between 9am-4 pm Monday thru Saturday or from 1pm to 5 pm on Sundays.  Please speak to a volunteer when making or cancelling a reservation as volunteers are unable to access messages on the Refuge phone system.  Tours are free of charge; however, donations to the tram maintenance fund are appreciated.