Support the Refuge's "Expedition" for Nature Education!
This is "old news," but in case you haven't heard, we have reached our BE WILD goal! By year-end 2016 we had raised more than $250,000 for enhancing the Oak Savanna Learning Center and its outside learning spaces! THANK YOU to the many individuals, families, businesses, and foundations that helped us achieve this goal. We appreciate your support! Meanwhile, funds are still needed to support the refuge's education program and to help schools defray transportation costs to bring their students for hands-on nature lessons at the refuge.
Be inspired by Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge--30,700 acres of unspoiled open space within 50 miles of the Twin Cities "where wildlife comes first" but human visitors are welcome. This expanse of federal land features a diverse biological community characteristic of the transition zone between tallgrass prairie and forest. Established to protect and restore the special habitats associated with the St. Francis River Valley for migratory birds and other wildlife, the refuge is known for its globally significant acres of existing oak savanna, with additional acres being restored on a grand scale.
Visit the refuge to enjoy these FREE activities:
- Participate in a refuge event or program at the Oak Savanna Learning Center.
- Take advantage of the fall waterfowl and deer hunts.
- Bring your friends, family, scout troop, or school class to enjoy a nature hike.
- Marvel at the sight and sound of bald eagles, sandhill cranes, and trumpeter swans.
- Cruise the Wildlife Drive to spot river otters popping their heads in and out of the water or a loon parent feeding its fuzzy chick.
- Capture a sunset with your camera.
- Enjoy the constantly changing palette of wildflowers and grasses.
- Explore the Blue Hill and Mahnomen Trails on skis or snowshoes.
- Support the development of hands-on, standards-based nature education programs.
- Enhance refuge festivals and events and offer them free to the public.
- Provide funds for equipment and supplies used by participants in educational activities.
- Help defray bus transportation costs so more student groups can visit.
- Contribute to interpretive signs, spotting scopes, brochures, and other visitor amenities.
- Help us build our endowment fund to provide ongoing support for refuge nature education programs.
We are an all-volunteer organization, so your membership dues or other contribution will go directly to promote the refuge and support projects such as those just mentioned.
MEMBERSHIP: Members receive a quarterly newsletter, 10% discount at the Friends of Sherburne Eagle's Nest Nature Store, notification about special events, and the opportunity to provide active support for wildlife, nature education, and habitat conservation. Membership dues and donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.
WANT TO JOIN OR DONATE? Click in the appropriate donation box. If you would like your donation to include a membership, please join at the appropriate level and provide:
- Name, address, city, state, zip
- Phone number, email address
- Let us know whether you would like to receive your newsletter (1) by USPS mail or (2) electronically via a link sent by email. The email version is in color. (Please note that receiving the newsletter on your computer stretches our budget, saves trees, and reduces pollution.)
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