With flood waters receding, the Visitor Center at Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge is set to reopen this Friday, just in time for Saturday’s Youth FIRST program. At present, visitors can only access the center from SH 289 via Refuge Road and all refuge activities for August will be held at the center as the refuge’s interior roadways and trails are still closed to the public.

With flood waters receding, the Visitor Center at Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge is set to reopen this Friday, just in time for Saturday’s Youth FIRST program. At present, visitors can only access the center from SH 289 via Refuge Road and all refuge activities for August will be held at the center as the refuge’s interior roadways and trails are still closed to the public.


Saturday’s program, entitled "The Clean Green Algae Machine," is free to children ages 4 to 12 and will run from 10 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. Youngsters from 4 to 7 must be accompanied by parents or other responsible adults. Children must also be pre-registered no later than 4 p.m. on Thursday. To register, call the refuge at 903-786-2826. Information is also available at www.friendsofhagerman.com. Anyone who registers and then learns they will not be attending the program are asked to call the refuge during normal working hours or send an email via the above website. Do not leave a phone message after hours.


The refuge’s Second Saturday program will be from 10 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. on Aug. 8 at the Visitors Center. Bringing the program entitled "Waders at Hagerman" will be Dr. Wayne Meyer, associate professor of biology at Austin College. The program is free to attend and no reservations are required.


Learn about the refuge’s butterfly garden on Aug. 15 during special tours of the butterfly garden located near the Visitor Center. The interpretative tours will run from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m.


Senior and Access National Park Passes will once again be available for sale at the Visitor Center beginning July 31 or on any non-holiday weekday after Aug. 3. Passes are available from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.


The refuge has been closed to the public since May 24 due to flooding. Though the Visitor Center will be open, the refuge’s roadways and trails remain closed. The refuge waterways are also closed to all powerboats due to fully and partially submerged oil pump jacks and large, floating debris. For questions relating to these closures, call the refuge at 903-786-2826.