Area Parks for family adventures

Sherburne County - Grams Regional Park on Lake Fremont

From Hwy 169 in Zimmerman, go east on Co Rd 4 for 3/4 mi, turn north on 120th St, go 1 mi, park entrance is on the right across from Fremont Lake.  Call Sherburne County Zoning Office for additional information  (763) 764-4450


City of Zimmerman - Lions Park

Located in the souther part of Zimmerman at the crossroads of 2nd E St & Main Street.  Call (763) 856-4666 for additional information


Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge

A great park just outside Zimmerman's back door at 17076 293rd Ave.  Call (763) 389-3323 for additional information or visit




Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge 17076 293rd AVE NW Zimmerman, MN 55398 763/389-3323 Email:



FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Date: 9-5-2018 Alaina Larkin 763/389-3323 ext. 113 Jessica Nelson 763/389-3323 ext. 104

25th Annual Wildlife Festival at Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge Saturday, September 29, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge and the Friends of Sherburne invite you to their FREE 25th Annual Wildlife Festival on Saturday, September 29, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., which honors National Wildlife Refuge Week (Oct. 14th-20th) and National Public Lands Day (Sept. 22nd). This year’s festival celebrates the past 25 years of programming and partnering with the Friends of Sherburne! Wildlife Festival is hosted at the refuge’s Oak Savanna Learning Center and the surrounding accessible trails. At 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m., staff from the MN Zoo will use live animals to present a program titled “Cool Animals of the North.” Within the building, the Eagle’s Nest Nature Store, Friends’ Silent Auction, Field Notes: A Photo Story, and Gary Moss’ murals will be available to browse. The artist will be available for a Q & A session in the entryway from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. At the festival, you can enjoy multiple wildlife booths set along the packed granite trails! Make sure to check out the engaging, hands-on activities at each booth; try your hand at an air-rifle, become a bat biologist, take a horse-drawn wagon ride, learn about Native American culture, or investigate aquatic invertebrates at the dip-netting booth. Live animal booths include birds of prey from The Raptor Center (until 2 p.m.), reptiles and amphibians from the MN Herpetological Society, and live insects from volunteer collections, as well as Frenatae, the Entomology Graduate Student Association at U of M. Several refuge service roads will be open to vehicle traffic from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. to provide visitors a rare opportunity to see areas of the refuge that are not typically open to vehicle traffic. Maps of these service roads can be found on the refuge website at and the Welcome Booth on the day of the event. Three local food trucks will be on-site to serve a variety of food at a reasonable cost. A birthday cake in honor of the refuge’s 53rd year will be served at 12:30 p.m., free of charge. The Friends will hold a silent auction with bidding open until 2:30 p.m. Proceeds support nature education and other mission-related refuge projects. The Oak Savanna Learning Center is located ¼ mile west of refuge headquarters off Sherburne County Road 9 at 16797 289th Ave NW, Zimmerman, MN 55398; look for event signs. For more information contact Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge at (763) 389-3323. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is committed to providing access to this program for all participants. Direct all requests for sign language interpreting services, close captioning, or other accommodation needs to Alaina Larkin at or 762-389-3323, TTY 800-877-8339. Please submit your request by close of business on September 21, 2018. Sherburne Refuge is managed by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, and is located near the cities of Princeton, Zimmerman, and St. Cloud in central Minnesota. Website: The mission of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. We are both a leader and trusted partner in fish and wildlife conservation, known for our scientific excellence, stewardship of lands and natural resources, dedicated professionals and commitment to public service. For more information on our work and the people who make it happen, visit