• Getting Outside with a Little Help from the Friends of Sherburne NWR

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                                                                                 Friends of Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge
    Getting Outside with a Little Help from the Friends of Sherburne NWR
    August 25, 2020

    Looking to get your family out of the house? Look no further than Sherburne National Wildlife
    Refuge. The annual Youth Photography Contest is in full swing! This contest is free to enter
    and open to all kids in grades K-12. Photos must be taken at the refuge and should focus on
    landscapes, wildlife, or outdoor recreation. They need to be taken during daylight hours in
    areas open to the public and postmarked by the October 9, 2020 deadline.

    For extra motivation, the Grand Prize Winner will be awarded a $50 cash prize and their
    photograph will be framed and displayed for the following year! Additional prizes will be
    awarded through third place, including several honorable mentions. Winners will be announced
    in mid-November and entries will be displayed virtually or in-person at the Oak Savanna
    Learning Center.

    Entry forms can be found on the refuge website (fws.gov/refuge/sherburne), on the “Just for
    Kids” page, or look for the green entry form in the brochure box outside of Refuge
    Headquarters at 17076 293rd Ave NW in Zimmerman. Once a photo has been selected, mail
    an 8” x 10” print with the entry form and email a digital copy to sherburne@fws.gov. For more
    information, call Alaina Larkin, Visitor Services Manager, at 763-260-3078.

    Naturalist Backpacks Offered for Youth

    Here’s a way to captivate kids of all ages. New Naturalist Backpacks are being offered by
    Friends of Sherburne Eagle’s Nest Nature Store at the Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge!
    There are two unique packs, Naturalist in Training, designed with younger children in mind,
    and Junior Naturalist, designed for older kids. Both facilitate and enhance exploration in your
    own yard, nearby park, and even the refuge! They contain engaging items like critter
    containers, bug magnifiers, nature journals, and more. For more information and to arrange
    curbside pickup, email us at SherburneFriendsStore@gmail.com.

    Friends of Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that
    nurtures an appreciation for and the conservation of Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge
    through education, volunteerism and philanthropy.

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