Volunteers provide their skills and energy in a variety of ways, working with refuge staff and other volunteers as part of a team. You'll gain knowledge about the refuge, our purpose and projects, as well as the many wildlife species that make their homes here.
Volunteers at Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge can participate in a wide variety of visitor services and biological programs. Some of our activities include prairie seed collection, wildflower gardening, wildlife surveys, environmental education, interpretive programs, planning and hosting events, greeting and assisting visitors at our headquarters reception desk, trail maintenance and litter pickup. If you are interested in volunteering, please complete and send us an application. If you have questions, or wish to speak with the staff, call the refuge at 763-389-3323.
Complete this application and send it to the Volunteer Coordinator by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or regular mail: Sherburne NWR, 17076 293rd Ave, Zimmerman, MN 55398. We'll be in touch with you to schedule a time when you can come for an interview to discuss work that interests you, and how best to match your skills and talents to our programs.
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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.