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, upcoming programs and events have been modified, postponed or cancelled.

For more information visit our COVID-19 Information page, email sherburne@fws.gov or call 763-260-3078.

  • Youth Photography Contest DUE OCT 9

    Now - October 9, 2020

    K-12 students are encouraged to submit one photo that they've taken on the refuge! Examples of photos accepted for the contest include recreation, landscape and scenery and wild plants and animals. Visit the Just for Kids page for tips and tricks to getting the perfect photo.

    Entries are due by October 9, 2020 and winners will be announced on Wednesday, November 18. Prizes are awarded to the top three photos and to honorable mentions.

    Youth Photography Contest Flyer and Entry Form

  • Sherburne NWR Photography Club

    Monthly meetings, Second Wednesday (Next meeting on September 16)
    6:30 pm social, 7 pm meeting
    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!

  • Virtual Fall Wildflower Program

    Thursday, September 24
    10 am
    Virtual (See Friends Facebook Page

    Join us for a program 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 previously scheduled Wildflower Tour has been modified to a virtual program, conducted through Facebook Live. 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.

  • Refuge Service Roads Open to Vehicle Traffic

    Saturday, September 26
    10 am - 3 pm
    Refuge Service Roads

    In honor of National Public Lands Day and Urban National Wildlife Refuge Day, refuge service roads will be open to vehicle traffic on September 26.

    Gates will open at 10 am and close at 3 pm, with maps will being available at the link below and at the kiosk outside of Refuge Headquarters in mid-September! Take advantage of this once-a-year opportunity to drive behind the gates.

    Service Road Map

  • Virtual Live Animal Program

    Saturday, September 26
    1 pm
    Virtual (See Friends Facebook Page)

    Want to see Spike the porcupine, a red-tailed hawk, bull snake and tiger salamander up close? Osprey Wilds Environmental Learning Center will be streaming a live program to the Friends of Sherburne Facebook page using Facebook live. Tune in on National Public Lands Day to learn more about these native critters!

  • Wildlife Festival

    Saturday, September 26 Cancelled
    10 am - 3 pm
    Oak Savanna Learning Center

    Join us for a fun-filed, family-friendly day full of activities, including presentations and booths with live animals, horse-drawn wagon rides and nature crafts. Food available for purchase.

  • Virtual Live Animal Program

    Saturday, October 17
    1 pm
    Virtual (See Friends Facebook Page)

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

  • Sandhill Crane Tours*

    October 17, 22, 24, 28
    6:30 am - 9 am
    Oak Savanna Learning Center

    Behind the gates tour with the potential to see thousands of staging sandhill cranes. Spotting scope and binoculars available.

    *Reservations required and open on October 5th. Email sherburne@fws.gov with the desired date(s), the names of all the members in your party and best phone number and email to reach you at.

  • Virtual: 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.

  • Virtual: 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!

  • Virtual 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.