Be Wild, Stay Wild at Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge!
Help us connect children to nature! Before they become wired, over-scheduled, and focused on material things, young children have a natural attraction to and curiosity about the world around them. Students who visit the refuge for hands-on, standards-based lessons learn about nature by using their senses to explore, asking questions, and making discoveries. The behaviors they practice and the skills they gain as young naturalists are behaviors and skills they can use for a lifetime. The sense of wonder they experience in nature, whether at school, at home, or at the refuge, gives them, as one teacher put it, "something that will change and enrich their lives forever."
Please consider making a gift to support the refuge's education program, provide free family-friendly events, offer "bus money" to schools for student visits, and fund other projects--like trails, spotting scopes, and habitat restoration--that benefit wildlife and enhance a visitor's experience. It will ensure that the refuge remains a special wild place where you can experience nature and "a sense of wonder" that goes far beyond what's available in the typical backyard or schoolyard.
Your tax-deductible year-end gift will also qualify for the dollar-for-dollar match pledged through December 31 by a generous group of Friends. THANKS TO GIVE TO THE MAX DAY AND OTHER RECENT DONORS, WE ARE MORE THAN 40% OF THE WAY TOWARD MAKING THAT MATCH, BUT WE'RE NOT THERE YET. Make your gift by December 31 and help us reach--or exceed--our goal. Thank you!
ABOUT THE REFUGE & ITS FRIENDS
Be inspired by Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge--30,700 acres of unspoiled open space within 50 miles of the Twin Cities "where wildlife comes first" but human visitors are welcome. This expanse of federal land features a diverse biological community characteristic of the transition zone between tallgrass prairie and forest. Established to protect and restore the special habitats associated with the St. Francis River Valley for migratory birds and other wildlife, the refuge is known for its globally significant acres of existing oak savanna, with additional acres being restored on a grand scale.
Visit the refuge to enjoy these FREE activities:
- Participate in a refuge event or program at the Oak Savanna Learning Center.
- Take advantage of the fall waterfowl and deer hunts.
- Bring your friends, family, scout troop, or school class to enjoy a nature hike.
- Marvel at the sight and sound of bald eagles, sandhill cranes, and trumpeter swans.
- Cruise the Wildlife Drive to spot river otters popping their heads in and out of the water or a loon parent feeding its fuzzy chick.
- Capture a sunset with your camera.
- Add to your birding life list.
- Enjoy the constantly changing palette of wildflowers and grasses.
- Explore the Blue Hill and Mahnomen Trails on skis or snowshoes.
- Support the development of hands-on, standards-based nature education programs.
- Enhance refuge festivals and events and offer them free to the public.
- Provide funds for equipment and supplies used by participants in educational activities.
- Help defray bus transportation costs so more student groups can visit.
- Contribute to interpretive signs, spotting scopes, brochures, and other visitor amenities.
- Help us build our endowment fund to provide ongoing support for refuge programs.
- Support refuge conservation projects.
We are an all-volunteer organization, so your membership dues or other contribution will go directly to promote the refuge and support projects such as those just mentioned.
MEMBERSHIP: Members receive a quarterly newsletter, 10% discount at the Friends of Sherburne Eagle's Nest Nature Store, and notification about special events.