Latest Happenings for Friends of Sherburne NWR

Friends of Sherburne Strategic Planning Process

2017 Strategic Planning process helped us redefine how our organization can best serve the mission of FWS at Sherburne station and our stakeholders in the communities.  The four Pillars and Objectives shown below served as basis for formation of committees which worked through the year to establish objectives, tactics, timelines and costs to go forward with our plan.  In December 2017 the four committees presented action plans, timelines and funding needs to the board of directors for review. More information is provided in 2018 Annual Report on the ABOUT US page. If you are interested in joining in on helping the Friends of Sherburne support the refuge activities,  contact any of the Friends of Sherburne Board of Directors for more information.  You can reach us at

Fall Wildlife Festival 2017 was a special event at Oak Savanna Learning Center on Sherburne NWR as the Friends of Sherburne presented to the public a series of paintings by local artist Gary Moss. Gary grew up around Sherburne Refuge, and in his career has received national recognition for his waterfowl paintings. He formed a special partnership with the Friends and Sherburne NWR staff to create this amazing representation of the refuge throughout the seasons. You are welcome to visit and view this art in the lobby of Oak Savanna Learning Center whenever it is open for public events.  Gary presented information on his career and the process of creating this artwork during the afternoon of our Fall Festival.

In fall of 2017 we completed laying pavers recognizing donors at a lifetime level of support for the Friends of Sherburne NWR. In front of Oak Savanna Learning Center donor recognition area are two recently installed benches that were given to recognize two long time refuge volunteers/Friends.

Candlelight Hike Event February 2

The Friends of Sherburne sponsored the refuge annual winter evening event on Friday February 2. With temperatures in single digits and a persistent breeze it was a chilly night, needing a campfire to warm the spirits. Even though once again there was neither the full moon or adequate snow for XC Skiing, all the visitors and volunteers/staff had a fun time hiking the trails around the OSLC, chatting around the campfire, and enjoying refreshments, treats and displays in the Oak Savanna Learning Center.                        

                                                                                                                                                                                       Thanks to Kala Kolkind and Sherburne Photography Club for photo.


November 2017 a photo taken by Jill Peterson just off the northwest edge of Sherburne NWR showed one crane wearing a band.  This photo was supplied to International Crane Foundation and the following report was received on history of this crane.  Thanks Jill for providing the photo and the story. 

Vision: An intergenerational community of active stewards who conserve, protect and support the unique natural resources at Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge and the Refuge System.

Mission: The Friends of Sherburne nuture an appreciation for and the conservation of the Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge through education, volunteerism and philanthropy.