Clubs and Organizations

Friends of Hagerman

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W. Va. — Cathy Van Bebber, the educational chairwoman of the Friends of Hagerman, was among 23 national wildlife refuge Friends volunteers from across the United States attending the recent Friends Academy 5 in Shepherdstown, West Virginia. There are more than 220 Friends organizations supporting national wildlife refuges nationwide.

The academy was sponsored by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service National Wildlife Refuge System and was held at the service’s National Conservation Training Center. Attendees gained skills and knowledge in refuge planning and land acquisition, communication with their local communities, building a diverse group of volunteers and more. In a joint session between the Friends representatives and refuge managers, the groups shared information and concerns and discussed the best way to serve their respective refuges.

The Friends of Hagerman was established in 2005 and has 181 individual or family memberships. The group sponsors monthly programs for adults and children, as well as special events throughout the year. In addition, the group operates a book and gift shop at the refuge, mans the information desk, maintains and monitors three bluebird nesting trails at the refuge, and sponsors the Nature Photography Club.

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