Refuge will host Winterfest on Feb. 5

Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge, located near Zimmerman, will have its annual Winterfest celebration Saturday, Feb. 5 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

This free family event offers outdoor activities celebrating winter and focusing on how both wildlife and people manage to thrive in Minnesota’s months of snow and cold temperatures.

Activities include horse-drawn sleigh rides and snowshoeing for both children and adults from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., guided cross-country ski treks at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., an on-going scavenger hunt and nature crafts for kids, exhibits on wildlife, animal tracks, winter survival and winter bird feeding.

Inside the Presentation Tent, there will be a talk on “Raptors by Family,” featuring a live owl, hawk and falcon, at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., provided by staff from the Audubon Center of the North Woods.

New this year is a Nature Photography Workshop with Dave Zosel, presented at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. in the conference room at refuge headquarters.

You must pre-register for these classes by calling Betsy Beneke at 763-389-3323, ext. 13.

Hot chocolate, hot cider and coffee will be available for purchase all day in the Main Tent and a brat and hot dog lunch will be available from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Friends of Sherburne Gift Shop will be open all day at refuge headquarters, and a few children’s items will also be for cash-only sale at the Main Tent. The Friends will host a silent auction fund raiser, with proceeds supporting refuge programs.

Winterfest parking and event tents will be located south of the Old School House, off Sherburne County Road 9, 5.5 miles west of Highway 169. Watch for signs. A poster with complete details for the event can be found on the refuge Web site at www.fws.gov/midwest/sherburne.

For more information or special accommodations, call the refuge at 763-389-3323 ext. 13. TTY Federal Relay Service: 1-800-877-8339.

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