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

                                                                             October 2017

Debra Sorenson
Mathew Finn
Bradley Johnson
Carol VanHeel (Treasurer)
Myrna Krueger (President)
Elizabeth Thorson
Dean Kleinhans (Vice President)
Susan Bialka (Secretary)
Lee Johnson
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 newsletter of the Friends is sent out as email or hard copy in mail to current Friends members.  Past newsletters are offered here for the last year for review. 


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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


Prairie Restorations, Inc. -

Princeton, MN


Medtronic Foundation






Bernick Family Foundation

supported by Cental Minnesota Community Foundation

Waite Park, MN



MidwestOne Bank Foundation -

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

National Fish and Wildlife Foundation


Becker True Value Hardware -

Becker MN


Big Lake/Becker Knights of Columbus


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

Bank of Elk River -

Elk River, MN


Connexus Energy

Ramsay, MN


Minnesota Deer Hunters Association -

Sherburne County Swampbucks Chapter






Crystal Cabinet Works -

Princeton, MN



Elk River Lions Club -





Howard Homes, Inc -

Princeton, MN


Northstar Canoes -

Princeton, MN


Princeton Auto Center -

Princeton MN


SRW Products -

Princeton, MN



Blandings Turtle Level: $500 - $999


Vela Strategy -


Great River Energy -

Maple Grove, MN


Metal Craft Machine and Engineering -

Elk River, MN


Big Lake Lions Club -


Princeton Lions Club -





Anoka Game Fair -


Wetlands Professionals Association Inc. -

Roseville, MN



Brad Johnson recognized for 2 years service as Friends of Sherburne NWR president at 2017 Annual Meeting by newly elected president Myrna Krueger and Be Wild Campaign manager Susan Hix

2017 Annual Meeting held at Oak Savanna Learning Center January 17

Monarch Butterfly Level: $100 - $499

Bremer Bank - Princeton, MN


McManus Babcock CPA's


Diamond City Bakery


Sherburne State Bank


101 Market


Adventure Publications


Jim's Market, Zimmerman