"I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in."
May 3, 2016 was first day ever for welcoming students to the Oak Savanna Learning Center Classrooms
With the building just getting completed and handed over to Fish and Wildlife Service in April little time has been lost in putting it to good use. Over 175 school children have been introduced to the classsroom and patio area in preparation for their outdoor learning experience on the refuge trails nearby. Princeton first graders visited April 15 and preschool children from Elk River visited on May 3rd and 4th. See STUDENT VISITS TO REFUGE page and the Friends Facebook page for more pictures and stories on these visits. There have also been several meetings held at the building for Fish and Wildlife Service and Friends of Sherburne business.
There are still many areas of the project that need to be completed as Friends of Sherburne could not contribute their portion of the project until building became FWS property. The landscaping, welcome kiosk, outdoor learning spaces including the trails, wetland education station and the patio/sitting wall are having work planned for next several weeks.
Please keep watching for press release on the Grand Opening/Ribbon Cutting Event planned for June 7, 2016. Call the refuge headquarters for more information at 763-389-3323, ext. 18.
You can make the difference! Click below to donate online to the Be Wild Campaign for Youth Nature Education and help outfit the Oak Savanna Learning Center.
Click here to download the BE WILD campaign brochure with more information and a donor/pledge form.
The Friends of Sherburne believe that the Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge is a unique natural resource and that we can help the community develop a deeper appreciation and understanding of the Refuge and its mission.
Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge consists of 30,700 acres of Federal land that represents a diverse biological community characteristic of the transition zone between tallgrass prairie and forest. The refuge was established to protect and restore the habitats associated with the St. Francis River Valley for migratory birds and other wildlife purposes. The focus of the Refuge is on the restoration of oak savanna , wetland, and big woods habitats.
The Refuge is located approximately 9 miles northwest of Zimmerman, Minnesota and roughly 50 miles northwest of the Minneapolis/St. Paul metropolitan area.
Please reference Fish and Wildlife Service website for Sherburne Refuge at http://www.fws.gov/refuge/sherburne/ for an up-to-date list of events on Refuge and general information on Refuge facilities and resources.