Become a Friend

The power of a Friends group is its members. We represent a variety of interests, talents, and financial support allowing the Friends of Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge to meet and exceed its goals. Join us today!

Here is what we offer you:

  • Seasonal newsletters
  • Invitation to Friends-only events
  • Membership fee is tax deductible to the extent allowed by law
  • Annual member meeting
  • 10% discount at Friends nature shop
  • Active support for wildlife, nature education, and habitat conservation 
Mailed correspondence can always be sent to the following address:
Friends of Sherburne NWR
17076 293rd Avenue
Zimmerman, MN 55398

Friends of Sherburne Board of Directors

                                                                             January 2018

Debra Sorenson
Mathew Finn
Mike Brubaker
Carol VanHeel (Treasurer)
Myrna Krueger (President)
Elizabeth Thorson
Dean Kleinhans 
Susan Bialka 
Lee Johnson (Vice President)
Steve Chesney (Secretary)
Staff Liason: Steve Karel (USFWS Project Leader)

Information for donors:


The Friends of Sherburne are an active and talented group. Many of our members are already refuge volunteers as well as frequent refuge visitors. Have you ever thought of giving your time or using your skills to help with a Friends' project? Tasks come in all shapes, sizes, and levels of commitment.

Some ways you can become involved-


  • Tending a Friends' booth at a business expo, county fair, or refuge event.
  • Assisting with Eagle's Nest Nature Store duties, such as arranging merchandise, checking inventory, or placing orders.
  • Assisting with fundraising activites.
  • Serving on the Friends' Board.



Please volunteer your time and talents to the Friends of Sherburne by contacting us via emailing or using the mailing address provided above.





Friends of Sherburne NWR Seasonal Newsletters

The most recent newsletters of the Friends are offered here. 


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 Sponsors and Grantors

Please consider thanking the following sponsors for their generous support of our organization and events:


Bald Eagle Level:  $10,000 and above


White-tailed Deer Level: $5,000 - $9,999


Sandhill Crane Level: $1,000 - $4,999

Stoneworks Architectural Precast

Blandings Turtle Level: $500 - $999


Princeton Auto Center -

Princeton MN


Board of Director Nominees Beth Thorson, Mike Brubaker, Steve Chesney and Matt Finn introduced by Nominations committee member Susan Hix

2018 Annual Meeting held at Oak Savanna Learning Center January 16

Monarch Butterfly Level: $100 - $499

Princeton Lions


The Grandstand, Princeton


Ardy's on Main, Elk River


Diamond City Bakery, Elk River


Sherburne State Bank


Jim's Market, Zimmerman


United Health Group


Ace Solid Waste


Fronterra Pipe and Precast


Bluebird Level: $10 - $99

Lake Liquor


Goldeneye Framing and Gallery


Dunn Brothers Zimmerman


Total Image Salon




Cub Foods Elk River





Sherburne NWR Project Leader introduces 2017 staff additions Jessica Nelson and Alaina Larkin.  Moving on were Sally Zodrow and Michelle Bengson.