Refuge seeks funds for nature education

The Friends of Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge is kicking off a campaign to support nature education.

Submitted photo The Oak Savanna Learning Center is under construction at the Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge near Zimmerman. A fund drive is underway to furnish the building.
Submitted photo
The Oak Savanna Learning Center is under construction at the Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge near Zimmerman. A fund drive is underway to furnish the building.

The Friends is a nonprofit that supports education programs and conservation efforts of the refuge, which is located near Zimmerman. The group will announce the campaign at a free event open to the public. The Be Wild Show-and-Tell à la Mode will be from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 4, at the refuge. The specific location is Schoolhouse Road, south side of Sherburne County Road 9, 5.5 miles west of Highway 169, or 2 miles east of Sherburne County Road 5. Look for signs.

The campaign seeks $250,000 to furnish the refuge’s Oak Savanna Learning Center, which is under construction, and provide outside learning spaces nearby. Visitors will have a chance to see how construction is progressing and ask questions about the project. A variety of kid-friendly activities will be offered, and everyone will be invited to enjoy make-your-own sundaes.

The Friends group is nearly halfway to its goal; these early donors will also be recognized at the event.

For more information about the campaign and this event, see the Friends of Sherburne Facebook page, or go to www.ExploreSherburne.org.