Events Calendar

Crane Tours

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

2019 Events Calendar • 2019 Events Calendar Handout

Pre-registration is suggested: email sherburne@fws.gov or call (763) 389-3323 

  • Sherburne NWR Photography Club Meetings

    Monthly meetings, Second Wednesday
    6:30 pm social, 7 pm meeting
    Oak Savanna Learning Center

    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!  

  • Youth Photography Contest

    Now - October 11, 2019

    K-12 students are encouraged to submit one photo that they’ve taken on the refuge! Examples of photos accepted for the contest include landscape and scenery, snapshots of wild plants and animals, and photos capturing recreation on the refuge. Entries are due by October 11, 2019 and winners will be announced on November 19, 2019 at the Awards Ceremony at the Oak Savanna Learning Center. Prizes are awarded to the top three photos and to honorable mentions.

    Youth Photography Contest Flyer and Entry Form

    Photo Release Form (for recreation photos containing recognizable minors)

  • Wildlife Festival

    Saturday, September 28
    10 am –3 pm
    Oak Savanna Learning Center

    Join us for a fun-filled, family friendly day! Highlights include:

    • Hands-on Activities and Engaging Booths
    • Horse Drawn Wagon Rides
    • Wildlife Science Center Presentations at 11 am and 1 pm (Free tickets required, pick up from Welcome Booth on the day of the event)
    • Audubon Center of the North Woods Live Animal Booth
    • Food available for purchase from local food trucks


    Additionally, refuge service roads will be open to vehicle traffic on September 28th. Gates open at 8 am and close at 3 pm. Paper copies of the map will be available at the event!

    Sherburne County Road 9 will be under construction on the day of the festival. The road will be open to local traffic and access to the Oak Savanna Learning Center. For updated information about the road resurfacing project, please reference the Alerts page.

    Event Flyer - Refuge Service Roads Map

  • Sandhill Crane Tours

    October 17, 19, 23, 26
    6:30 am - 9 am
    Oak Savanna Learning Center

    Behind the gates tour with the potential to see thousands of staging Sandhill Cranes! As a group we will utilize a spotting scope to get a closer look at some of these magnificent birds. Binoculars are available to borrow. 

    Reservations begin on September 9th, 2019 and are required.