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! 

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.

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.

Thursday January 13, 2021

6:30 PM

Friends of Sherburne
Annual Meeting

All members are invited to the annual remote (Zoom) meeting where the Friends[ group and Refuge staff discuss 2020 accomplishments and 2021 plans and budget.

See "At the Refuge" for the Annual Report.

Image by Bruce Ellingson

Photo by: Randy Baum