Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice
Although most refuge lands and outdoor spaces have remained open for the public to enjoy, we encourage you to:

  • Check local conditions on this website and call ahead for current information
  • Follow current CDC safe practices by maintaining a safe distance between yourself and other groups
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze
  • Most importantly, stay home if you feel sick


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    Wildflower Program

    Join us from 10 - 10:30 am on Thursday, June 11 for a virtual program highlighting wildflowers blooming out on the refuge!

    Event Details

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    Get Outside this Summer!

    Check out the Just for Kids page for scavenger hunts and other activities for your backyard or the refuge.

    Just For Kids

  • Wildlife Drive

    Wildlife Drive Open

    Come drive, bike or hike and enjoy the views along the 7.3 mile loop 1/2 hour before sunrise to 1/2 hour after sunset!

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    The Monarchs Have Arrived

    The northern states started logging reports of adult monarchs in late May. Watch you milkweeds for caterpillars & report your sightings!

    Report Your Milkweed, Monarch, Egg, and Caterpillar Sightings

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    Friends of Sherburne NWR

    The National Wildlife Refuge System owes its existence to committed citizens. See what Sherburne's dedicated Friends are up to!

    Learn More

Refuge Updates

Refuge Trails and Drive

Hiking trails and Wildlife Drive remain open 1/2 hour before sunrise to 1/2 hour after sunset daily. Get outdoors and enjoy the fresh air while maintaining social distancing! Please visit only if you are feeling healthy. We ask you to stay home if you're feeling sick.

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Recent Sightings and Guides

Are you wondering what you will see while visiting Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge? Check our Recent Sightings and Guides page to see sightings recorded by staff and visitors using eBird or iNaturalist. Electronic field guides specific to the refuge can also be found here.

Recent Sightings and Guides

Not Issuing Passes

Senior Pass

In-person sales of America the Beautiful Passes are suspended while Refuge Headquarters is closed to the public. These federal lands passes include the Senior Annual and Lifetime, Annual, Military, Access and Every Kid Outdoors passes.

More Information and To Order Online
Refuge Map, Trails & Regulations

Refuge Regulations and Map

The refuge offers a variety of recreational opportunities. The Prairie's Edge Wildlife Drive is open for the season! Brande Road is closed to vehicle traffic for the season and will reopen on September 1st. Reference the brochure for important information to know before you visit.

Public Use Regulations & Map Brochure

Hunting Regulations & Map

Hunting Regulations & Map

The refuge offers waterfowl, small game and deer hunting during state seasons. Brande Rd. off Sherburne County Road 9 is open Sept. 1 until winter closure.

Hunting Regulations & Map Brochure

About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System


The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America's fish, wildlife, and plants.

Learn more about the NWRS