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.

See the PDF 2022 Events Calendar and the Refuge Calendar for more detail on Refuge-hosted events. FREE and open to the public! 


In addition to supporting refuge events, Friends of Sherburne hosts a variety of our own events. 

Click Here for the latest Refuge COVID-19 Info.  

Friends' History

In 2018 the Friends organization celebrated 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.


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


Friends of Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge is founded.


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


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

The quest for a learning center begins.


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



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.


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

Wildflower Tour
Travis Bonovsky June19.JPG

Saturday June 11 10:00am-Noon

Registration is required for this event. Register by emailing sherburne@fws.gov or calling (763) 389-3323


Meet at Oak Savanna Learning Center


Join us for a tour to see wildflowers and native grasses whose colors and textures decorate the summer landscape. Led by Volunteers Robin DeLong and Mitch Elness

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is committed to providing access to these events for all participants. Please direct all requests for special accommodation to Refuge Headquarters: 763‐389‐3323, sherburne@fws.gov, or TTY 800‐877‐8339 at least two weeks prior to the event.

Photo Credit: Travis Bonovsky

Friends of Sherburne
Annual Meeting
Singing Sparrow at Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge

Thursday January 13, 2022

6:30 PM

All members are invited to the annual remote (Zoom) meeting where the Friends[ group and Refuge staff discuss 2021 accomplishments and 2022 plans and budget.  The meeting will start with a brief social time at 6:30pm and convene at 6:45pm.

Zoom Meeting


Call in only: 1 (408) 638 0968 

Meeting ID: 284 300 6080

Participant number, press #

Passcode: 816213

Recording of the 2022 Annual Meeting


2021 Approved Meeting MInutes

2021 Annual Report

2021 Refuge Report

2021 Actual Vs. Budget

2022 Budget

Image by Bruce Ellingson

Flying Sandhill Cranes at Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge

Photo by: Randy Baum