Refuge will host Winterfest on Feb. 2

Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge near Zimmerman will host its annual Winterfest celebration from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2.  

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

Outdoor activities include a horse-drawn sleigh ride, snowshoeing, scavenger hunt and bonfire. Visit exhibits on wildlife adaptations for cold and winter survival, tracking, bird feeding and the Minnesota Junior Duck Stamp Program. Live owls will be on display and educators from the Audubon Center of the Northwoods will answer questions. Hot chocolate, cider, coffee and cookies will be available for purchase all day in the Main Tent and a brat and hot dog lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free anniversary cake will be served at 12:30 p.m.

The Eagle’s Nest Nature Store, operated by the Friends of Sherburne, will have clothing, hats, books, jewelry and kids’ items, as well as refuge patches and pins. They will also hold a silent auction fundraiser to help support refuge projects and programs.

All activities will be held at the event site south of the old school house located on Sherburne County Road 9, five miles west of Highway 169.

For more information, contact the refuge at 763-389-3323 or [email protected]