Events Calendar

Crane Tours

Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge and the Friends of Sherburne host free events and programs that throughout the year that are open to the public. 

In response to CDC and local guidance for COVID-19, our traditional programming has been shifted to mainly virtual programming.

For more information visit our COVID-19 Information page, email sherburne@fws.gov or call 763-389-3323.

  • Sherburne NWR Photography Club

    Monthly meetings, Second Wednesday (Next meeting on November 10)
    7 pm
    Virtual (See Photography Club Facebook Page for Details)

    They welcome and encourage new members to attend and all experience levels are welcome. They also schedule field trips, educational programs and other opportunities as they arise. Check out their flyer, brochure, or Facebook page for more information!

  • Sandhill Crane Tours

    October 16, 21, 23, 27 *Tours full, waitlist registration list closed*
    7 am to 9:30 am
    Oak Savanna Learning Center

    By the middle of October, the refuge typically hosts thousands of sandhill cranes that roost overnight in refuge wetlands and then fly out to area croplands to feed for the day. Join us for a free guided tour of their roosting area on the refuge!

    Reservations required and the tours are now full, with the waitlist registration list closed.

    These tours meet at the Oak Savanna Learning Center (16797 289th Ave NW, Zimmerman, MN) to check in, use the outdoor flush restrooms and wait outdoors or in your own vehicle. By 7:10 sharp, participants will caravan in their own vehicles, following staff out to the viewing location on the refuge.

  • Planting for Pollinators

    Virtual (See Friends Facebook Page for recording of the live program from April 1)

    Spring is here! It's time to think ahead and start planning for any native plantings you're looking to add to your yard or garden. Naturalist Jenny highlighted a variety of factors to keep in mind throughout that planning process to get you started.

  • Winter Bird Feeding

    Virtual (See Friends Facebook page for recording of the live program from Feb. 25)

    Feeding your backyard birds can be a win-win, as Minnesota's long winters can be tough on birds and humans alike. A busy feeding station brings color and activity to your yard!

    Join us to learn how to best attract a variety of species using different types of seeds and feeders.

  • Winter Tree Identification

    Virtual (See Friends Facebook page for recording of the live program from Feb. 19)

    Looking to sharpen your tree identification skills? Tired of waiting until summer to identify trees when the leaves are attached?

    Wait no longer! Join Naturalist Jenny as we explore the ways trees are identified in the winter months. We will discuss parts of the tree that aid in species identification, as well as focus on species commonly found at the refuge.

  • Tracks, Scat and All That

    Virtual (See Friends Facebook Page for recording of the live program from Jan. 21)

    Join us for a program focused on the signs that animals leave behind! Winter is a great time to spot these signs, as the snow provides a great canvas.

  • Winter Wildife Survival

    Virtual (See Friends Facebook page for recording of the live program from Dec. 3)

    Brrr! It's getting chilly outside. Have you ever wondered what animals do to survive these cold temperatures? This family-friendly program delves into the secrets of how wildlife and plans endure a long Minnesota winter.

    For teachers: This program can be used as a teaching resource in the classroom.

  • Awards Ceremony for Youth Photography Contest

    Virtual (See Friends Facebook Page for recording of the live program from Nov. 18)

    This year marked the 6th Annual Youth Photography Contest! We had 19 entries from K-12 participants and highlighted the top three photos and top three honorable mentions during our virtual award ceremony. There was one honorable mention per age category, with the categories being K - 2nd, 3rd - 4th and 5th - 12th this year.

  • Sandhills at Sherburne: From Colt to Crane

    Virtual (See Friends Facebook Page for recording of the live program from Oct. 29)

    Did you know that sandhill cranes live about 20 years? Watch this recorded program for a deep dive into the lives of sandhill cranes from colt to crane. We will talk about the history of the species, how they make their unique k-arr-r-r-o-o call, migration patterns and more!

  • Sandhills at Sherburne: A Fall Phenomenon

    Virtual (See Friends Facebook Page for recording of the live program from Oct. 22)

    During October there's an annual influx of sandhill cranes staging on the refuge. With more than 10,000 cranes staging at peak, it's a fall phenomenon in central Minnesota!

    Have you ever asked yourself:

    • Why do so many cranes gather at the refuge?
    • How does a crane's daily routine compare to mine?
    • Where and when can I view sandhills at or near the refuge?
    • How do staff come up with the weekly crane counts?

     

    If so, this recorded program is for you!

  • Secret Lives of Bats

    Virtual (See Friends Facebook Page for recording of the live program from Oct. 17)

    As Halloween approaches, we're all getting a little batty! To celebrate National Wildlife Refuge Week and this spooky season, North Lakeland Discovery Center streamed a live bat program to the Friends of Sherburne Facebook page using Facebook Live.

  • Live Animal Program

    Virtual (See Friends Facebook Page for recording of the live program from Sept. 26)

    Watch the recording to see two raptors and a snake up close and (virtually) personal! To help celebrate National Public Lands Day, Osprey Wilds Environmental Learning Center streamed a live program of their animal ambassadors.

  • Fall Wildflower Program

    Virtual (See Friends Facebook Page for the recording of the live program from Sept. 26) 

    Watch the recording to learn about wildflowers and grasses whose colors and textures decorate the fall landscape! In September, a handful of blooms still dot the landscape, with many plants having gone to seed. We'll appreciate the fall colors that these plants present and take a closer look at seed pods and the wildlife that relies upon these as a food source. This program will provide you with information and stops along the Prairie's Edge Wildlife Drive to facilitate a self-guided tour.

    Led by Friends Contractor Jenny Hengel.

  • Fall Bird Program

    Virtual (See Friends Facebook Page for recording of the live program from Sept. 17)

    A variety of habitat hot spots to find fall migrants were highlighted during this program, giving you a glimpse of where to focus your time birding at the refuge.

    This previously scheduled Bird Tour was modified to a virtual program.

    Led by Ranger Kris.

  • Beginner's Tips and Tricks for Photography

    Virtual (See Friends Facebook Page for recording of the live program from Sept. 12)

    Watch the recording to learn tips and tricks for nature photography and to give you a leg up for this year's Annual Youth Photography Contest!

  • Off the Beaten Path

    Virtual (See Friends Facebook Page for recording of the live program from Sept. 3)

    With Wildlife Sanctuary lifting, there are increased recreational opportunities as more of the refuge opens to the public. Watch the recording to learn more about the less visited locations and hidden gems of the refuge!

    This program provided insider information and new areas to explore this fall, especially as many visitors are looking to spread out and get off the beaten path.