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! 

Events Calendar   Events Handout

Pre-registration is suggested: email or call (763) 389-3323 

  • Wildlife Festival

    Saturday, September 29
    10 am –3 pm
    Oak Savanna Learning Center

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

    • Hands-on Activities
    • Horse-drawn Wagon Rides
    • MN Zoo Presentations (11 am and 1 pm)
    • Raptor Center Booth with educational raptors, including a bald eagle (until 2 pm)
    • Food available for purchase from local food trucks.

    Additionally, refuge service roads will be open to vehicle traffic on September 29th with gates opening at 8 am and closing at 3 pm. Paper copies of the map will be available at the event! 

  • 4th Annual Kids' Photography Contest

    Now - October 6, 2018

    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, and snapshots of wild plants and animals. Entries are due by October 6, 2018 and winners will be announced on November 14, 2018. Prizes are awarded to the top three photos and to honorable mentions. 

    Kids' Photography Contest Flyer and Entry Form

  • 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 Facebook page for more information!  

  • Nighttime Exploration

    Saturday, October 13
    7 pm -9 pm
    Oak Savanna Learning Center

    Join refuge staff for a special night hike! Bring your observation skills and dress for the weather.

  • Sandhill Crane Tours

    October 18, 20, 24, 27
    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 4th, 2018 and are required.

    If you are unable to attend a tour, our Sandhill Crane Viewing Brochure highlights self-led options!