Oak Savanna Learning Center

Photo by: Alaina Larkin

The refuge’s Oak Savanna Learning Center, which first welcomed students in 2016, is an impressive facility in its own right. To the Friends of Sherburne, though, it is much more. It is the gateway to a unique experience with nature and a symbol of our passion for providing that experience to people of all ages.

A dream of both the Friends and refuge staff since the late 1990’s, the Learning Center exists because of hard work by the Friends, the generosity of Friends and community members, the support of our U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) partners, and the unwavering dedication of everyone involved. When the USFWS agreed to fund the building in 2013, the Friends in turn agreed to furnish the classrooms and enhance the adjacent learning spaces. Through the Be Wild Campaign for Youth Nature Education, the Friends raised funds to provide tables and chairs, A/V system, education equipment and materials, ADA-compliant trails, native landscaping, wetlands education dock, interpretive signage, and much more.

 

The Learning Center classrooms and trails now host thousands annually, including…

  • Partner school students who come for hands-on, standards-based lessons

  • Home-school students, scout and 4-H groups, families coming to explore

  • Teacher workshops

  • Attendees of refuge events like the fall Wildlife Festival and Spring Celebration

  • Refuge Photography Club monthly meetings and events

  • Conservation organization meetings and training sessions

  • Shoppers at the Eagle’s Nest Nature Store

  • Folks who just want some time to themselves in a natural setting

 

We invite you to come see for yourself!

For more information about the refuge’s nature education program, click here.

The Oak Savanna Learning Center is located at 16797 289th Ave NW, Zimmerman, MN 55398. (Enter from County Road 9.) the Oak Savanna Learning Center is open only for refuge events and nature education classes.

Photo by: Bruce Ellingson

Did you know?

Over 5,900 visitors passed through the OSLC doors in 2017!

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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

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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