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! 

September 02, 2020

Off the Beaten Path - Recorded Program

Looking for some places on the refuge to explore that are off the beaten path? We’ve got you covered. Look at this map for some hidden gems.

 

September 1st to February 28th foot travel is allowed throughout the refuge excluding the closed areas! Bicycles are welcome on service roads but please keep them on the road and off designated hiking trails.

 

When visiting these areas be careful to not block the gates! For more information on the areas highlighted on the map watch this recorded program: https://bit.ly/2EWwp96

September 26, 2020

CANCELLED - 2020 Wildlife Festival

To be replaced by one or more virtual events.  Stay tuned. Photo by Bruce Ellingson.

September 26, 2020

Live Animal Presentation - Osprey Wilds

1:00 pm - Details TBD

Image by Mary Carlson

October 09, 2020

2020 Youth Photo Contest Entries Due

Any student from kindergarten through grade 12 may enter the 6th Annual Refuge Youth Photography Contest. Kids can submit one photo, taken on the refuge (during daylight hours and in an area open to the public), and be eligible to win prizes. Photos are due on October 9 with winners announced at a special awards ceremony on November 18. 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.

Good luck, kids!   

Photo: Diana Doherty

October 17, 2020

Live Bat Program - North Lakeland Discovery Center

1:00 pm - Details TBD

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.

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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.

January 14, 2021

Save the Date - 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. 

Image by Mary Carlson

Photo by: Randy Baum

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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

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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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