With the recent snowfall the refuge is on winter footing.   The Prairies Edge Wildlife Drive is closed for the season. Enjoy this time for snowshoeing, birding, photography and (soon) cross country skiing.   


The latest Friends newsletter can be found here.


The annual meeting was held January 14 - see the note and short slideshow on the "At the Refuge" page.

Photo by Randy Baum.  More Photos...

A New Way

to Give!

The Bank of Elk River is the nation’s first bank to give customers an easy way to donate earned interest to local charities, and ours is one of those charities!

If you're a Bank of Elk River customer, click here to see how you can donate interest to the Friends through Interest for Others!

Prairie Trail Vignette

Robin DeLong, Roving Interpreter on the Prairie's Edge Wildlife Drive, highlights the spring Lupine bloom along the Refuge's Prairie Trail. Each year, the bloom occurs beginning about the end of May, depending upon spring weather conditions. 

Photo by Sheila Skogen

Photo by: Bruce Ellingson

Family Friendly Nature Events
See the Upcoming Events Page or the Refuge website for information on Winter events.

"On any given visit, nature surprises and delights me."

- Dean Kleinhans, volunteer

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Photo by: Bruce Ellingson



The Friends of Sherburne nurture an appreciation for and the conservation of the Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge through education, volunteerism and philanthropy.

17076 293rd Avenue NW

Zimmerman, MN 55398


Since 1993, the Friends of Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge (a 501c(3) nonprofit organization) has been a proud partner of the Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge.


The refuge is a part of the National Wildlife Refuge System. Within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, each refuge manages their designated tract of lands and waters that have been set aside to conserve America's fish, wildlife, and plants.

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