Ways to Get Involved
Whether you want to further conservation, learn more about nature, or share your love of the outdoors, you’ve come to the right place. Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge provides many opportunities for you to help foster stewardship in your community by doing what you love. Partner up with volunteers, youth groups, landowners, neighbors and residents of local communities to make a lasting difference. Find out how you can help make Hagerman lands and nearby communities stronger while doing something personally satisfying. See how you can become a volunteer in the volunteering section!
Discover for yourself what tens of thousands of volunteers have learned: Volunteering for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is fun and rewarding in many ways. Master new skills. Meet new friends. Enjoy a sense of accomplishment from doing your part to further wildlife conservation and environmental stewardship for generations to follow.
Many opportunities await those who would like to try something new, give back, gain experience, develop skills, and meet new people with similar interests. Assist the public at the visitor center information desk, lead guided nature hikes or tram tours, help maintain the butterfly garden, remove litter from roadsides and picnic areas, monitor bluebird nest boxes, or assist with mowing. There is truly something for everyone! You can find out more at the visitor center, by checking out the Friends of Hagerman https://friendsofhagerman.com/Volunteer, or by calling the refuge at 903-786-2826.
Nature does not recognize human-made boundaries. In order to conserve our natural and cultural resources effectively, we must work with others to bridge these boundaries. Partnerships strive to foster creative solutions to challenging situations.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has a great partnership that provides excellent support for Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge. Established in 2005, Friends of Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge Foundation (Friends) is a 501(c)(3) corporation created with the goal of instilling reverence, respect, and conservation of the refuge’s wild creatures and habitats. As an organization, they focus on supporting environmental education, recreational activities, and programs at Hagerman NWR.
With this mission in mind, the Friends work together with refuge staff to host educational programs for individuals, school and scout groups, and civic organizations. They provide free monthly nature programs for adults and youths, offer guided electric tram tours of the refuge to share the history and purpose of the refuge, and help participants identify birds and wildlife they see along the way. Bird and butterfly walks led by experts help educate visitors about these incredible creatures and the importance of environmental conservation to their survival. The Friends also help develop and distribute educational handouts for visitors. To learn more, please visit www.friendsofhagerman.com
Outreach programs include volunteer opportunities, bluebird box monitoring, bird surveys, and butterfly counts. The refuge hosts and assists with Texas Master Naturalist training programs each year to gain ambassadors to help share conservation education programs throughout our community.