Upcoming Events

Whether it's a sandhill crane tour, moonlight ski, wildflower tour, or a kids photography workshop there's something for everyone at the refuge.

Refuge sponsored events can be found on the 2019 event calendar. All events hosted by the refuge are FREE and open to the public! 

 

In addition to supporting refuge events, Friends of Sherburne hosts a variety of our own events. The following are the annual events that we organize and host. Save the dates! 

November 13, 2019

Sherburne Photography Club

6:30 pm social time and 7:00 pm meeting. 

Members share a common interest in nature and photography at Sherburne NWR and nearby natural areas. This is a volunteer-led, member-driven club. We’ll discuss our interests, plan field trips, educational programs and more. We meet the second Wednesday of every month at the Oak Savanna Learning Center to share our latest photos and learn and discuss photography techniques. Kids are welcome with adults. No dues required.

Photo by David Halgrimson.

November 14, 2019

Give to the Max Day

DGive to the Max (GTTM) Day is the beginning of the season of giving in Minnesota. Join the Friends, renew your membership, or just make an online gift to the Friends (minimum $5) and qualify to win $1,000 or more for the Friends! "Early giving" begins on November 1 and continues through the 13th. Whether you give on the 14th or one of the previous days in November, your gift is eligible to win for the Friends. Prize or no prize, know that your gift supports the refuge's nature education program, free public events, Wildlife Drive enhancements, and much more. Click here to give via the Friends page at GiveMN.org.

November 19, 2019

K-12 Photography Contest Award Ceremony

6:30 - 7:15 pm Oak Savanna Learning Center

Photo by Mary Carlson

December 07, 2019

Eagle's Nest Nature Store Open for Holiday Shopping

Find your Christmas gifts from 11 am to 2 pm at the Oak Savanna Learning Center (16797 289th Ave NW Zimmerman.)

December 14, 2019

Eagle's Nest Nature Store Open for Holiday Shopping

Find your Christmas gifts from 11 am to 2 pm at the Oak Savanna Learning Center (16797 289th Ave NW Zimmerman.)

January 14, 2020

2020 Annual Meeting

Schedule for the Evening
6:15 PM – Dessert Bar and Social Time
• Activities & Prize Drawings!
• The Eagle’s Nest Nature Store will be
open!
7 PM – Business Meeting
• 2019 Friends Accomplishments & Other
Reports
• What’s Coming in 2020
• Vote to Approve 2020 Budget
• Refuge Update
• Election of Board Members

February 22, 2020

Afternoon Snowshoe/Hike

1-4 pm at the Oak Savanna Learning Center (16797 289th Ave NW, Zimmerman.)  Snowshoes are provided - event to be cancelled if inadequate snow.  

Photo by Mary Carlson.

February 22, 2020

Friends Read - The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben

6:30-8:00 pm at the Oak Savanna Learning Center (16797 289th Ave NW, Zimmerman.) 

May 09, 2020

Bird Hike

Join us at the Mahnomen Trail parking lot for a family-friendly bird hike .  Meet at 8:00 am and we'll try to finish around 10:00.  Photo by Ran Taube

June 13, 2020

Wildflower Tour

10 am - 12 pm meet at the Oak Savanna Learning Center (16797 289th Ave NW, Zimmerman.)  

Photo by John Alexander Kay.

May 16, 2020

Spring Celebration & Friends Plant Sale

From 10:00 am to 1:00 pm at the Oak Savanna Learning Center (16797 289th Ave NW
Zimmerman).  Photo by Bruce Ellingson.

May 16, 2020

Bird Hike

Join us at the Blue Hill Trail parking lot for a family-friendly bird hike .  Meet at 8:00 am and we'll try to finish around 10:00..  Photo by Pamela Walz.

May 23, 2020

Photograhy Tour

10 am - 12 pm meet at the Wildlife Drive Welcome Station (the rest stop).

Photo by Jennifer Schmidt.

June 13, 2020

Photograhy Tour

10 am - 12 pm meet at the Wildlife Drive Welcome Station (the rest stop).

Photo by Lance Matka

September 26, 2020

2020 Wildlife Festival

10 am - 3 pm at the Oak Savanna Learning Center (16797 289th Ave NW Zimmerman.) Photo by Bruce Ellingson.

November 19, 2020

Youth Photo Contest Awards Ceremony

Entries Due October 9. Photo by Jana Harrer.

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Time to Celebrate!

In 2018 the Friends organization is celebrating its 25th anniversary!

 

Since our founding in 1993, the Friends have been working to develop an appreciation for and the conservation of the Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge.

 

From our early days of supporting Environmental Education Days and providing visitor enhancements on Wildlife Drive to the opening of the Oak Savanna Learning Center, we’ve remained focused on providing nature education for youth and adults.

1965

Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge is established through vision of local sportsmen.

1993

Friends of Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge is founded.

1998

Environmental Education Days student curriculum (developed at the Refuge) attracts national attention.

1999

Friends fund educational signage, observation decks and informational kiosks on the Wildlife Drive.

The quest for a learning center begins.

2013

After years of advocacy, a learning center is green-lighted by the USFWS.

2014

2016

Ground is broken for the Oak Savanna Learning Center.

Friends achieve the fundraising goal to furnish the learning center and the opening of the Oak Savanna Learning Center is celebrated by all.

2017

Over 2,100 student visitors and nearly 6,000 total visitors pass through the doors of the Oak Savanna Learning Center.

Photo by: Randy Baum

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OUR MISSION

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

763.389.3323

FriendsofSherburne@gmail.com

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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