Upcoming Events

Click Here for Refuge COVID-19 Info.  Many events will be postponed or cancelled.

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 2020 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 18, 2020

Youth Photo Contest Awards Ceremony

Entries Due October 9.

Click here to go to the Just for Kids page on the refuge website to find links to

(1) a contest flyer with more details

(2) a photo release form,

(3) tips and tricks for young photographers.

Photo by Jana Harrer.

Please reload

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.


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.

January 14, 2021

Annual Meeting

All members are invited to the annual meeting where we discuss the accomplishments and plans for both the refuge as a whole and the Friends. This will be a Zoom/Conference Call meeting this year - stay tuned for details.

Image by Mary Carlson

Photo by: Randy Baum



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



  • Facebook - White Circle
  • YouTube - White Circle

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.

© 2006-2020 Friends of Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge.
All rights reserved.