Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge is located in east central Minnesota, approximately 50 miles northwest of the Minneapolis/St. Paul metropolitan area and 30 miles southeast of St. Cloud. We do not have a visitor center, but information is available at Refuge Headquarters.
17076 293rd AvenueZimmerman, Minnesota 55398 Phone: 763-389-3323 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Visitors may stop at Refuge Headquarters on Sherburne County Road 9 to pick up information for their visit, get updates on current wildlife sightings and visit the Friends of Sherburne's Eagle's Nest Nest Nature Store. Hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. We are closed on weekends and federal holidays. The nearby Blue Hill and Mahnomen Trails offer great scenery and wildlife watching and are open year round. The Prairie’s Edge Wildlife Drive is open from late April through October and features four wildlife observation decks, the quarter-mile Oak Savanna Trail, the half-mile Prairie Trail and half-mile Woodland Trail. Interpretive signs and abundant wildlife help to make your visit both educational and memorable. The refuge is open during daylight hours.
Insect repellent is recommended if you are visiting in warm months, especially June through mid-August. In spring and early summer, wood ticks are common and it is recommended that you check yourself thoroughly after a visit to remove any unwanted hitchhikers. Bring drinking water and sunscreen for your spring, summer and early fall visits.
Take a look at our Nature's Calendar brochure to see what wildlife you may encounter during your next visit, or use it to plan your next visit around that certain species you wish to see!
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Refuge wetlands provide habitat for up to 40 pairs of breeding sandhill cranes each year. The unison call of these tall, stately birds is a treat to hear in spring, and by mid-summer, an observant visitor may be treated to the sight of one or two rusty-colored ‘colts,’ following their parents and learning to forage on insects and other invertebrates.