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Monarch butterfly photo by K. Raveling/USFWS

 

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  • Introduction to Flower Photography

    Saturday, May 30
    9:30 am-12:00 pm
    Bloomington Education and Visitor Center, 3815 American Blvd E, Bloomington
    For the fourth year in a row, we will be presenting a program on flower photography. We will begin in the classroom with a presentation that will help you get some of those “wow” photos. Some of the topics to be covered are:
    • 5 Types of Flower Photography
    • Challenges
    • Tips and Tricks
    • Some Locations
    After the class we will go outside and photograph some of the spring flowers. Bring your camera, water, and dress for the weater (and for the ticks!)
    Don Tredinnick and Peter Berman, Volunteer Refuge Naturalists

  • Humans for Lunch! Insect Bites and Prevention

    Saturday, May 30
    10:00 am-11:00 am
    Bloomington Education and Visitor Center Patio, 3815 American Blvd E, Bloomington
    If you’re wondering why mosquito bites itch, horsefly bites hurt, and blackfly bites bleed, here’s a look at the specialized mouthparts of biting insects. Discover how, when, and where insects use their eating utensils and learn how to avoid becoming the next main course.
    Judy Geck, Park Ranger

  • Bird Hike

    Saturday, May 30
    8:30 am-11:30 am
    Louisville Swamp Unit, 3801 145th St W, Shakopee
    Walk Refuge trails to search for birds and other wildlife. We will look for warblers, vireos, and birds that nest on the Refuge. Dress for the weather. Bring water, bug spray, binoculars, and your favorite field guide.
    Ages 7 to adult.
    George Skinner and Anne Hanley, Volunteer Refuge Naturalists

  • Call of the Wild Film Fest

    Sunday, May 31
    3:00 pm
    Bloomington Education and Visitor Center, 3815 American Blvd E, Bloomington
    Join in on 60-90 minutes of films featuring our favorite wildlife and their unique behaviors, habitat needs, and special adaptations. Experience the drama of survival in the wild and discover how community partners work together to protect habitat for wildlife. Recommended for all ages.
    May 31- Crane Song

  • An Original Duckumentary

    Friday, June 5
    3:30 pm-4:30 pm
    Bloomington Education and Visitor Center, 3815 American Boulevard East, Bloomington
    Ducks are born knowing how to survive. They must make it through a gauntlet of hungry predators, but in the end, ducks have a talent for survival, and their life stories are filled with personality and charm. Featuring a selection of the world's divers, dabblers, waddlers, and gliders, this film highlights the remarkable adaptations and behaviors of one of our favorite species. This program is part of the Urban Birding Festival. For more information: Urban Birding Festival of the Twin Cities

  • National Trails Day Bird Walk

    Saturday, June 6
    7:30 am-8:30 am
    Bass Ponds Trailhead, 2501 86th Street East, Bloomington
    Uplands, wetlands, streams and ponds all come together in the Bass Ponds. Explore the layers of ideal bird habitat as we descend from the bluff to the river valley. Binoculars provided. This program is part of the Urban Birding Festival. For more information: Urban Birding Festival of the Twin Cities
    Judy Geck, Refuge Naturalist

  • Summer Birding

    Saturday, June 6
    8:30 am-11:30 am
    Rapids Lake Education and Visitor Center, 15847 Rapids Lake Road, Carver
    Hike the western portion of the Refuge and meet the birds that nest there. Eastern Kingbirds, Eastern and Western Meadowlarks, and many species of warblers and grassland sparrows are some of the many birds you will see on this hike. This program is part of the Urban Birding Festival. For more information: Urban Birding Festival of the Twin Cities
    George Skinner and Anne Hanley, Refuge Naturalists

  • Backyard Birding Hike

    Saturday, June 6
    9:00 am-11:00 am
    Bloomington Education and Visitor Center, 3815 American Boulevard East, Bloomington
    Have you ever seen a bird in your neighborhood and wondered what it was? Join us for this fun introduction to urban birds and explore the many kinds of feathered friends living in your own backyard. New to birdwatching? No problem! Our knowledgeable staff can help you hone your skills. Binoculars and field guides are provided for this hike. This program is part of the Urban Birding Festival.
    For more information: Urban Birding Festival of the Twin Cities
    Patrick Bryant, Refuge Naturalist

  • After the Birds Taught Me to Fly

    Put on your hiking shoes and grab your binoculars! After the Birds Taught Me to Fly combines trail hiking, bird watching and theater! Join PlaceBase Productions, the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge, the City of Bloomington and Bloomington Theater and Art Center for an original, site-specific, musical theater production that will take place along the trails at the Refuge on June 6 & 7, as a part of the Twin Cities Urban Bird Festival. Tickets are FREE, but very limited – Reserve your spot today at: http://http://bookitbee.com/e/bgt5k

  • Family Nature Hike

    Saturday, June 6
    12:00 pm-12:45 pm
    Bloomington Education and Visitor Center, 3815 American Boulevard East, Bloomington
    Bring your whole family and hike the Hillside Trail. We will look for the most common birds found on the refuge and help you identify them. You will be amazed at how many you will find in your own backyard! This program is part of the Urban Birding Festival.
    For more information: Urban Birding Festival of the Twin Cities

  • Bird Banding

    Sunday, June 7
    7:00 am-8:00 am
    Bloomington Education Visitor Center, 3815 American Boulevard East, Bloomington
    Join Fish and Wildlife staff for bird banding demonstrations. See live songbirds up close and learn how bird populations have benefitted from banding. This program is part of the Urban Birding Festival.
    For more information: Urban Birding Festival of the Twin Cities
    Sarah Inouye-Leas and Andy Forbes, USFWS bird banders

  • Nesting Birds on the Refuge

    Sunday, June 7
    8:00 am-9:30 am
    Bloomington Education and Visitor Center, 3815 American Boulevard East, Bloomington
    Over 100 species of birds have been observed nesting in the Refuge. We will search for some of those 100 nesting species and document the birds we do find. Bring along your binoculars, a field guide, and dress for the weather. This program is part of the Urban Birding Festival.
    For more information: Urban Birding Festival of the Twin Cities
    Craig Mandel, Refuge Naturalist

  • Bird Language

    Sunday, June 7
    9:00 am-1:00 pm
    Bloomington Education and Visitor Center, 3815 American Boulevard East, Bloomington
    Join us as we gather on the slopes of the Minnesota River Valley to explore what the birds are telling us about our surroundings. We will split the time between the classroom and outdoors. Bring a notebook, pencils, and something to sit on outdoors. To register visit: http://www.mntracking.org/
    This program is part of the Urban Birding Festival.
    For more information: Urban Birding Festival of the Twin Cities
    Donnie Phyillaier and Jonathan Poppele, Refuge Naturalists

  • After The Birds Taught Me to Fly

    Put on your hiking shoes and grab your binoculars! After the Birds Taught Me to Fly combines trail hiking, bird watching and theater! Join PlaceBase Productions, the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge, the City of Bloomington and Bloomington Theater and Art Center for an original, site-specific, musical theater production that will take place along the trails at the Refuge on June 6 & 7, as a part of the Twin Cities Urban Bird Festival. Tickets are FREE, but very limited – Reserve your spot today at: bookitbee.com/e/bgt5k

  • Colors of the Prairie: The Pink Palette

    Saturday, June 13
    10:00 am-11:00 am
    Rapids Lake Education and Visitor Center, 15847 Rapids Lake Road, Carver
    The prairie is a summer wave of color and a buzz of sound. Take a closer look at the beautiful blooms and visiting pollinators unique to each stage of the prairie summer. Artists are encouraged to stay and sketch, paint, or photograph the summer prairie.
    Suzanne Trapp, Refuge Naturalist

  • Family Nature Hike

    Saturday, June 13
    12:00 pm-12: 45 pm
    Bloomington Education and Visitor Center, 3815 American Boulevard East, Bloomington
    Bring the kids, grandparents, and friends for an easy stroll through the refuge! We will look for birds, bugs, plants, and all other things “nature”. Wear sturdy shoes and bring bug spray.

  • How to BEE a Pollinator Friendly Family

    Saturday, June 13
    1:00 pm-2:30 pm
    Rapids Lake Education and Visitor Center, 15847 Rapids Lake Road, Carver
    Pollinators are in trouble and you can help! Just a few simple changes to your lawn, yard, and even your patio containers can make a BIG difference. Join this discovery walk to meet some of our most common pollinator insects. Go home with easy tips on how to grow your own pollinator habitat this summer.
    Suzanne Trapp, Refuge Naturalist

  • Beat the Heat Sunday Film Series

    Sunday, June 14
    3:00 pm-4:00 pm
    Bloomington Education and Visitor Center, 3815 American Boulevard East, Bloomington
    Come inside on Sunday afternoons to enjoy a comfortable hour of films featuring our favorite wildlife. There’ something for everyone with weekly themes, prize-winning documentaries, and great footage. Films may be checked out from the Refuge’s Resource Center for free! Recommended for all ages.
    June 14: Attracting Birds to your Backyard

  • Making Tracks: Hillside Trail Hike

    Sunday, June 14
    5:00 pm-6:00 pm
    Bloomington Education and Visitor Center, 3815 American Boulevard East, Bloomington
    The wetlands, shoreline and forest edges around Long Meadow Lake provide homes and food for a variety of wildlife. We’ll take a leisurely hike through the river valley exploring some of the Refuge’s best habitat. Wear sturdy shoes and bring water. Binoculars provided.
    Judy Geck, Refuge Naturalist

  • Bird Watching Trek

    Monday, June 15
    8:00 am-11:00 am
    Louisville Swamp, 3801 145th St W, Shakopee
    Join in on a bird walk at the Refuge’s largest unit and learn about the birds that breed there. We will search for willow flycatchers, prothonotary and blue-winged warblers, many species of sparrows, and other summer residents. Birders of all skill levels are welcome; bring your binoculars, field guide, and dress for the weather.
    Craig Mandel, Refuge Naturalist

  • Beginning Nature Photography

    Friday, June 19
    9:00 am-11:00 am
    Bloomington Education and Visitor Center, 3815 American Boulevard East, Bloomington
    Capture your favorite part of the Refuge in this family friendly photo adventure. Our naturalist will show you how to take great photos as we walk the trails around the visitor center. At the end of the program you can select and print your favorite photo to take home with you. Digital cameras are available to borrow on a first come, first serve basis.
    Patrick Bryant, Refuge Naturalist

  • Wild Writers! Connecting to Nature through Literature

    Saturday, June 20
    10:30 am-11:30 am
    Bloomington Education and Visitor Center, 3815 American Boulevard East, Bloomington
    Discover how to make a difference-and a future-for human and wildlife habitat through literature. We will discuss a variety of books that all nurture a land ethic. Learn how to use the Refuge’s Resource Center to expand your horizons. For book and nature lovers, families, and educators who want to make meaningful connections with the natural world.
    Judy Geck, Refuge Naturalist
    June 20: Art in Nature

  • Family Nature Hike

    Saturday, June 20
    12:00 pm-12: 45 pm
    Bloomington Education and Visitor Center, 3815 American Boulevard East, Bloomington
    Bring the kids, grandparents, and friends for an easy stroll through the refuge! We will look for birds, bugs, plants, and all other things “nature”. Wear sturdy shoes and bring bug spray.

  • Beat the Heat Sunday Film Series

    Sunday, June 21
    3:00 pm-4:00 pm
    Bloomington Education and Visitor Center, 3815 American Boulevard East, Bloomington
    Come inside on Sunday afternoons to enjoy a comfortable hour of films featuring our favorite wildlife. There’ something for everyone with weekly themes, prize-winning documentaries, and great footage. Films may be checked out from the Refuge’s Resource Center for free! Recommended for all ages.
    June 21: Strange Creatures of the Night

  • Family Nature Hike

    Saturday, June 27
    12:00 pm-12: 45 pm
    Bloomington Education and Visitor Center, 3815 American Boulevard East, Bloomington
    Bring the kids, grandparents, and friends for an easy stroll through the refuge! We will look for birds, bugs, plants, and all other things “nature”. Wear sturdy shoes and bring bug spray.

  • Nesting Birds on the Refuge

    Sunday, June 28
    8:00 am-10:00 am
    Bloomington Education and Visitor Center, 3815 American Boulevard East, Bloomington
    Over 100 species of birds have been observed nesting at the Refuge. Join in on a walk at the Long Meadow Lake Unit. We will search for nesting birds such as swans, eagles, rails, woodpeckers, flycatchers, and swallows. Learn some of the techniques used to document a nesting species. Bring along your binoculars, field guide, and dress for the weather.
    Craig Mandel, Refuge Naturalist

  • Beat the Heat Sunday Film Series

    Sunday, June 28
    3:00 pm-4:00 pm
    Bloomington Education and Visitor Center, 3815 American Boulevard East, Bloomington
    Come inside on Sunday afternoons to enjoy a comfortable hour of films featuring our favorite wildlife. There’ something for everyone with weekly themes, prize-winning documentaries, and great footage. Films may be checked out from the Refuge’s Resource Center for free! Recommended for all ages.
    June 28: Living with White-tailed Deer

  • Bird Language

    Sunday, July 5
    9:00 am-1:00 pm
    Bloomington Education and Visitor Center, 3815 American Boulevard East, Bloomington
    Join us as we gather on the slopes of the Minnesota River Valley to explore what the birds are telling us about our surroundings. We will split the time between the classroom and outdoors. Bring a notebook, pencils, and something to sit on outdoors.
    To register visit: http://www.mntracking.org/
    Donnie Phyillaier and Jonathan Poppele, Refuge Naturalists

  • Wild Writers! Connecting to Nature through LIterature

    Sunday, July 5
    10:30 am-11:30 am
    Bloomington Education and Visitor Center, 3815 American Boulevard East, Bloomington
    Discover how to make a difference-and a future-for human and wildlife habitat through literature. We will discuss a variety of books that all nurture a land ethic. Learn how to use the Refuge’s Resource Center to expand your horizons. For book and nature lovers, families, and educators who want to make meaningful connections with the natural world.
    Judy Geck, Refuge Naturalist
    July 5: Natural History

  • Beat the Heat Sunday Film Series

    Sunday, July 5
    3:00 pm-4:00 pm
    Bloomington Education and Visitor Center, 3815 American Boulevard East, Bloomington
    Come inside on Sunday afternoons to enjoy a comfortable hour of films featuring our favorite wildlife. There’ something for everyone with weekly themes, prize-winning documentaries, and great footage. Films may be checked out from the Refuge’s Resource Center for free! Recommended for all ages.
    July 5: Turtle Planet

  • Making Tracks: Bass Ponds Trail Hike

    Sunday, July 5
    5:00 pm-6:00 pm
    Bass Ponds Trailhead, 2501 East 86th St, Bloomington
    The wetlands, shoreline and forest edges around Long Meadow Lake provide homes and food for a variety of wildlife. We’ll take a leisurely hike through the river valley exploring some of the Refuge’s best habitat. Wear sturdy shoes and bring water. Binoculars provided.
    Judy Geck, Refuge Naturalist

  • Bird Watching Trek

    Monday, July 6
    8:00 am-11:00 am
    Rapids Lake Education and Visitor Center, 15847 Rapids Lake Road, Carver
    Join in on a bird walk at the Refuge’s largest grassland unit and learn about the birds that breed there. We will search for willow flycatchers, prothonotary and blue-winged warblers, many species of sparrows, and other summer residents. Birders of all skill levels are welcome; bring your binoculars, field guide, and dress for the weather.
    Craig Mandel, Refuge Naturalist

  • Summer Birding

    Saturday, July 11
    8:30 am-11:30 am
    Louisville Swamp Unit, 3801 145th St W, Shakopee
    Hike the western portion of the Refuge and meet the birds that nest there. Eastern Kingbirds, Eastern and Western Meadowlarks, and many species of warblers and grassland sparrows are some of the many birds you will see on this hike.
    George Skinner and Anne Hanley, Refuge Naturalists

  • Monarchs, Milkweed, and Macro Photography

    Saturday, July 11
    9:00 am-12:00 pm
    Bloomington Education and Visitor Center, 3815 American Boulevard East, Bloomington
    The Monarch butterfly is one of the nation’s most beloved animals, and the prairie in front of the visitor center is a great place to view them! There will be a short presentation about monarchs followed by a brief lecture on macro-photography. Afterwards we will go outside and practice macro skills in the milkweed patch. Bring your camera equipment, hat, water, and sunscreen!
    Don Tredinnick, Peter Berman, and Kristin Raveling, Refuge Naturalists

  • Colors of the Prairie: A Whisper of White

    Saturday, July 11
    10:00 am-11:00 am
    Rapids Lake Education and Visitor Center, 15847 Rapids Lake Road, Carver
    The prairie is a summer wave of color and a buzz of sound. Take a closer look at the beautiful blooms and visiting pollinators unique to each stage of the prairie summer. Artists are encouraged to stay and sketch, paint, or photograph the summer prairie.
    Suzanne Trapp, Refuge Naturalist

  • Family Nature Hike

    Saturday, July 11
    12:00 pm-12: 45 pm
    Bloomington Education and Visitor Center, 3815 American Boulevard East, Bloomington
    Bring the kids, grandparents, and friends for an easy stroll through the refuge! We will look for birds, bugs, plants, and all other things “nature”. Wear sturdy shoes and bring bug spray.

  • How to BEE a Pollinator Friendly Family

    Saturday, July 11
    1:00 pm-2:30 pm
    Bloomington Education and Visitor Center, 3815 American Boulevard East, Bloomington
    Pollinators are in trouble and you can help! Just a few simple changes to your lawn, yard, and even your patio containers can make a BIG difference. Join this discovery walk to meet some of our most common pollinator insects. Go home with easy tips on how to grow your own pollinator habitat this summer.
    Suzanne Trapp, Refuge Naturalist

  • Minnesota to Montreal: The History of Carver Rapids

    Saturday, July 11
    8:00 pm-9:00 pm
    Rapids Lake Education and Visitor Center, 15847 Rapids Lake Road, Carver
    Take an easy stroll along the banks of the Minnesota River and listen to the story of the history of Carver Rapids.
    Todd Smith, Refuge Naturalist

  • Beat the Heat Sunday Film Series

    Sunday, July 12
    3:00 pm-4:00 pm
    Bloomington Education and Visitor Center, 3815 American Boulevard East, Bloomington
    Come inside on Sunday afternoons to enjoy a comfortable hour of films featuring our favorite wildlife. There’ something for everyone with weekly themes, prize-winning documentaries, and great footage. Films may be checked out from the Refuge’s Resource Center for free! Recommended for all ages.
    July 12: Bees: Tales from the Hive

  • Beginning Nature Photography

    Friday, July 17
    9:00 am-11:00 am
    Bloomington Education and Visitor Center, 3815 American Boulevard East, Bloomington
    Capture your favorite part of the Refuge in this family friendly photo adventure. Our naturalist will show you how to take great photos as we walk the trails around the visitor center. At the end of the program you can select and print your favorite photo to take home with you. Digital cameras are available to borrow on a first come, first serve basis.
    Patrick Bryant, Refuge Naturalist

  • Family Nature Hike

    Saturday, July 18
    12:00 pm-12: 45 pm
    Bloomington Education and Visitor Center, 3815 American Boulevard East, Bloomington
    Bring the kids, grandparents, and friends for an easy stroll through the refuge! We will look for birds, bugs, plants, and all other things “nature”. Wear sturdy shoes and bring bug spray.

  • Nesting Birds on the Refuge

    Sunday, July 19
    8:00 am-10:00 am
    Bloomington Education and Visitor Center, 3815 American Boulevard East, Bloomington
    Over 100 species of birds have been observed nesting at the Refuge. Join in on a walk at the Long Meadow Lake Unit. We will search for nesting birds such as swans, eagles, rails, woodpeckers, flycatchers, and swallows. Learn some of the techniques used to document a nesting species. Bring along your binoculars, field guide, and dress for the weather.
    Craig Mandel, Refuge Naturalist

  • Beat the Heat Sunday Film Series

    Sunday, July 19
    3:00 pm-4:00 pm
    Bloomington Education and Visitor Center, 3815 American Boulevard East, Bloomington
    Come inside on Sunday afternoons to enjoy a comfortable hour of films featuring our favorite wildlife. There’ something for everyone with weekly themes, prize-winning documentaries, and great footage. Films may be checked out from the Refuge’s Resource Center for free! Recommended for all ages.
    July 19: Conservation Legacies

  • Bird Watching Trek

    Monday, July 20
    8:00 am-11:00 am
    Rapids Lake Education and Visitor Center, 15847 Rapids Lake Road, Carver
    Join in on a bird walk at the Refuge’s largest grassland unit and learn about the birds that breed there. We will search for willow flycatchers, prothonotary and blue-winged warblers, many species of sparrows, and other summer residents. Birders of all skill levels are welcome; bring your binoculars, field guide, and dress for the weather.
    Craig Mandel, Refuge Naturalist

  • Family Nature Hike

    Saturday, July 25
    12:00 pm-12: 45 pm
    Bloomington Education and Visitor Center, 3815 American Boulevard East, Bloomington
    Bring the kids, grandparents, and friends for an easy stroll through the refuge! We will look for birds, bugs, plants, and all other things “nature”. Wear sturdy shoes and bring bug spray.

  • Beat the Heat Sunday Film Series

    Sunday, July 26
    3:00 pm-4:00 pm
    Bloomington Education and Visitor Center, 3815 American Boulevard East, Bloomington
    Come inside on Sunday afternoons to enjoy a comfortable hour of films featuring our favorite wildlife. There’ something for everyone with weekly themes, prize-winning documentaries, and great footage. Films may be checked out from the Refuge’s Resource Center for free! Recommended for all ages.
    July 26: Animal Olympians

  • Summer Birding

    Saturday, August 1
    8:30 am-11:30 am
    Rapids Lake Education and Visitor Center, 15847 Rapids Lake Road, Carver
    Hike the western portion of the Refuge and meet the birds that nest there. Eastern Kingbirds, Eastern and Western Meadowlarks, and many species of warblers and grassland sparrows are some of the many birds you will see on this hike.
    George Skinner and Anne Hanley, Refuge Naturalists

  • Beginning Nature Photography

    Saturday, August 1
    9:00 am-11:00 am
    Bloomington Education and Visitor Center, 3815 American Boulevard East, Bloomington
    Capture your favorite part of the Refuge in this family friendly photo adventure. Our naturalist will show you how to take great photos as we walk the trails around the visitor center. At the end of the program you can select and print your favorite photo to take home with you. Digital cameras are available to borrow on a first come, first serve basis.
    Patrick Bryant, Refuge Naturalist

  • Family Nature Hike

    Saturday, August 1
    12:00 pm-12: 45 pm
    Bloomington Education and Visitor Center, 3815 American Boulevard East, Bloomington
    Bring the kids, grandparents, and friends for an easy stroll through the refuge! We will look for birds, bugs, plants, and all other things “nature”. Wear sturdy shoes and bring bug spray.

  • Bird Language

    Sunday, August 2
    9:00 am-1:00 pm
    Bloomington Education and Visitor Center, 3815 American Boulevard East, Bloomington
    Join us as we gather on the slopes of the Minnesota River Valley to explore what the birds are telling us about our surroundings. We will split the time between the classroom and outdoors. Bring a notebook, pencils, and something to sit on outdoors.
    To register visit: http://www.mntracking.org/
    Donnie Phyillaier and Jonathan Poppele, Refuge Naturalists

  • Beat the Heat Sunday Film Series

    Sunday, August 2
    3:00 pm-4:00 pm
    Bloomington Education and Visitor Center, 3815 American Boulevard East, Bloomington
    Come inside on Sunday afternoons to enjoy a comfortable hour of films featuring our favorite wildlife. There’ something for everyone with weekly themes, prize-winning documentaries, and great footage. Films may be checked out from the Refuge’s Resource Center for free! Recommended for all ages.
    August 2: Owls up Close

  • Colors of the Prairie: End-of-Summer Yellow

    Colors of the Prairie: End-of-Summer Yellow
    Saturday, August 8
    10:00 am-11:00 am
    Rapids Lake Education and Visitor Center, 15847 Rapids Lake Road, Carver
    The prairie is a summer wave of color and a buzz of sound. Take a closer look at the beautiful blooms and visiting pollinators unique to each stage of the prairie summer. Artists are encouraged to stay and sketch, paint, or photograph the summer prairie.
    Suzanne Trapp, Refuge Naturalist

  • Family Nature Hike

    Saturday, August 8
    12:00 pm-12: 45 pm
    Bloomington Education and Visitor Center, 3815 American Boulevard East, Bloomington
    Bring the kids, grandparents, and friends for an easy stroll through the refuge! We will look for birds, bugs, plants, and all other things “nature”. Wear sturdy shoes and bring bug spray.

  • Beginner Archery

    Saturday, August 8
    12:30 pm-2:30 pm
    Rapids Lake Education and Visitor Center, 15847 Rapids Lake Road, Carver
    Have you ever wanted to try archery? Would you like to learn the skills of a good archer? This program begins with the basics of stance, form, aiming, shooting, and range safety. For ages 8 through adult. This program will be cancelled in case of rain, call 952-858-0715 for weather updates.
    Reservations are required. Go to https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/beginarchery to reserve your spot.
    Chelsi Burns, Refuge Naturalist

  • Beat the Heat Sunday Film Series

    Sunday, August 9
    3:00 pm-4:00 pm
    Bloomington Education and Visitor Center, 3815 American Boulevard East, Bloomington
    Come inside on Sunday afternoons to enjoy a comfortable hour of films featuring our favorite wildlife. There’ something for everyone with weekly themes, prize-winning documentaries, and great footage. Films may be checked out from the Refuge’s Resource Center for free! Recommended for all ages.
    August 9: Gray Wolf Reintroduction

  • Bird Watching Trek

    Monday, August 10
    8:00 am-11:00 am
    Louisville Swamp, 3801 145th St W, Shakopee
    Join in on a bird walk at the Refuge’s largest unit and learn about the birds that breed there. We will search for willow flycatchers, prothonotary and blue-winged warblers, many species of sparrows, and other summer residents. Birders of all skill levels are welcome; bring your binoculars, field guide, and dress for the weather.
    Craig Mandel, Refuge Naturalist

  • Beginner Archery

    Saturday, August 15
    10:00 am-12:00 pm
    Bloomington Education and Visitor Center, 3815 American Blvd E, Bloomington
    Have you ever wanted to try archery? Would you like to learn the skills of a good archer? This program begins with the basics of stance, form, aiming, shooting, and range safety. For ages 8 through adult. This program will be cancelled in case of rain, call 952-858-0715 for weather updates.
    Reservations are required. Go to https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/beginarchery to reserve your spot.
    Chelsi Burns, Refuge Naturalist

  • Family Nature Hike

    Saturday, August 15
    12:00 pm-12: 45 pm
    Bloomington Education and Visitor Center, 3815 American Boulevard East, Bloomington
    Bring the kids, grandparents, and friends for an easy stroll through the refuge! We will look for birds, bugs, plants, and all other things “nature”. Wear sturdy shoes and bring bug spray.

  • Beat the Heat Sunday Film Series

    Sunday, August 16
    3:00 pm-4:00 pm
    Bloomington Education and Visitor Center, 3815 American Boulevard East, Bloomington
    Come inside on Sunday afternoons to enjoy a comfortable hour of films featuring our favorite wildlife. There’ something for everyone with weekly themes, prize-winning documentaries, and great footage. Films may be checked out from the Refuge’s Resource Center for free! Recommended for all ages.
    August 16: Hummingbirds up Close

  • Bird Watching Trek

    Saturday, August 22
    8:00 am-11:00 am
    Rapids Lake Education and Visitor Center, 15847 Rapids Lake Road, Carver
    Join in on a bird walk at the Refuge’s largest grassland unit and learn about the birds that breed there. We will search for willow flycatchers, prothonotary and blue-winged warblers, many species of sparrows, and other summer residents. Birders of all skill levels are welcome; bring your binoculars, field guide, and dress for the weather.
    Craig Mandel, Refuge Naturalist

  • Landscape Photography Lecture and Hike

    Saturday, August 22
    10:00 am-12:30 pm
    Bloomington Education and Visitor Center, 3815 American Boulevard East, Bloomington
    Landscape photography is coming to the refuge! This lecture was first given at Crex Meadows as part of an all day workshop. Since then it has been converted to a club lecture and has been delivered to a number of camera clubs in the Twin Cities. Bring your camera, tripod, and other outdoor gear.
    Don Tredinnick and Peter Berman, Refuge Naturalists

  • Wild Writers! Connecting to Nature through Literature

    Saturday, August 22
    10:30 am-11:30 am
    Bloomington Education and Visitor Center, 3815 American Boulevard East, Bloomington
    Discover how to make a difference-and a future-for human and wildlife habitat through literature. We will discuss a variety of books that all nurture a land ethic. Learn how to use the Refuge’s Resource Center to expand your horizons. For book and nature lovers, families, and educators who want to make meaningful connections with the natural world.
    Judy Geck, Refuge Naturalist
    August 22: Choosing and Using Field Guides

  • Family Nature Hike

    Saturday, August 22
    12:00 pm-12: 45 pm
    Bloomington Education and Visitor Center, 3815 American Boulevard East, Bloomington
    Bring the kids, grandparents, and friends for an easy stroll through the refuge! We will look for birds, bugs, plants, and all other things “nature”. Wear sturdy shoes and bring bug spray.

  • Beat the Heat Sunday Film Series

    Sunday, August 23
    3:00 pm-4:00 pm
    Bloomington Education and Visitor Center, 3815 American Boulevard East, Bloomington
    Come inside on Sunday afternoons to enjoy a comfortable hour of films featuring our favorite wildlife. There’ something for everyone with weekly themes, prize-winning documentaries, and great footage. Films may be checked out from the Refuge’s Resource Center for free! Recommended for all ages.
    August 23: Cottontail

  • Making Tracks: Long Meadow Lake Hike

    Sunday, August 23
    5:00 pm-6:00 pm
    Bloomington Education and Visitor Center, 3815 American Boulevard East, Bloomington
    The wetlands, shoreline and forest edges around Long Meadow Lake provide homes and food for a variety of wildlife. We’ll take a leisurely hike through the river valley exploring some of the Refuge’s best habitat. Wear sturdy shoes and bring water. Binoculars provided.
    Judy Geck, Refuge Naturalist

  • Bird Watching Trek

    Monday, August 24
    8:00 am-11:00 am
    Bloomington Ferry Unit, 11255 Bloomington Ferry Road, Bloomington
    Join in on a bird walk at the Refuge’s largest grassland unit and learn about the birds that breed there. We will search for willow flycatchers, prothonotary and blue-winged warblers, many species of sparrows, and other summer residents. Birders of all skill levels are welcome; bring your binoculars, field guide, and dress for the weather.
    Craig Mandel, Volunteer Refuge Naturalist

  • Family Nature Hike

    Saturday, August 29
    12:00 pm-12: 45 pm
    Bloomington Education and Visitor Center, 3815 American Boulevard East, Bloomington
    Bring the kids, grandparents, and friends for an easy stroll through the refuge! We will look for birds, bugs, plants, and all other things “nature”. Wear sturdy shoes and bring bug spray.

  • Beat the Heat Sunday Film Series

    Sunday, August 30
    3:00 pm-4:00 pm
    Bloomington Education and Visitor Center, 3815 American Boulevard East, Bloomington
    Come inside on Sunday afternoons to enjoy a comfortable hour of films featuring our favorite wildlife. There’ something for everyone with weekly themes, prize-winning documentaries, and great footage. Films may be checked out from the Refuge’s Resource Center for free! Recommended for all ages.
    August 30: Dragonflies and Damselflies of North America

Last Updated: May 29, 2015
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