The Friends of Sherburne NWR is working to become a truly inclusive organization that rejects racism in all its forms and embraces cultural and economic diversity. We want all to feel welcome and safe to visit the refuge. 


We all need the beauty and peace that nature and wildlife provide. It is imperative that people of all colors and ethnicity, regardless of religion, gender or ability, are aware of this sanctuary and feel comfortable visiting and connecting with nature.


We understand we need to commit to examining all activities and directing our outreach through a diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) perspective. Going forward we pledge to listen and learn what changes we should make so that we reflect, welcome and serve our entire community. We invite your ideas.


New!  Naturalist Backpacks


Curbside pickup of Naturalist Backpacks - acrtivities for young and young at heart..  Go here for more detail.


For daily bird sightings as recorded in eBird,  check out .


The outdoor-accessible restrooms are open, but other facilities, including Refute HQ,  remain closed.


For event updates, please consult the following resources:

We urge to do your part when visiting and to follow CDC guidance to prevent the spread of infectious diseases by maintaining a safe distance between yourself and other groups. As long as these practices are observed, visiting the refuge can be a great way to get outdoors, enjoy the weather and avoid cabin fever.

Click here for Refuge COVID-19 info.

Photo by: David Halgrimson

Photo by: Jill Beim

Prairie Trail Vignette

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

Video by: Bruce Ellingson

Photo by: Bruce Ellingson

See the Upcoming Events Page for information on postponed or cancelled activities.

"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


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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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