Attention Holiday Shoppers: Sherburne Friends’ Nature Store is Open
Are you gearing up for the Holidays? Instead of wandering enclosed malls with the rest of the crowds, why not make your holiday shopping experience both refreshing and meaningful? The Friends of Sherburne invite you to their Eagle’s Nest Nature Store located at the Oak Savanna Learning Center on Saturday, December 3, 10, or 17 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. This is a unique opportunity because the nature store at the Learning Center location is usually open only by appointment or for special events!
The nature store offers a diversity of items appropriate for a wide range of ages and interests. There are many gifts for kids such as kits to make butterfly magnets or paint by number, cuddly stuffed animals, and nature-themed children’s books. For adults, the store items include umbrellas, jewelry, field guides, clothing, and much more. Most of the merchandise sold at the Learning Center is different than the merchandise at the Refuge Headquarters location. Proceeds from the nature store go to support education and conservation at Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge.
After you’re done shopping, the refuge invites you to hike their recently established Learning Center trails! Just outside the Learning Center’s doors, there are .75 miles of gravel, looped trails. The trails meander through prairie openings, oak savanna, and wetland habitats, which offer many chances to see animals such as beavers, eagles, and chickadees. While hiking, don’t miss stopping at the wetland education dock, too, which was largely funded by the Friends of Sherburne “Be Wild” Capital Campaign!
If you come on Saturday, December 17, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., the refuge will also be hosting a FREE bird program for kids grades K-5 who are accompanied by a loving adult. To learn more about the event, please visit the refuge’s website at www.fws.gov/refuge/sherburne. The Oak Savanna Learning Center is located off of Cty. Rd. 9, four miles west of Hwy. 169 at 16797 289th Ave NW, Zimmerman.
We hope to see you for an uplifting shopping experience this December!