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Monarch butterfly photo by K. Raveling/USFWS

 

Registration is required for events marked with an asterisk (*).  Programs and events may be cancelled due to inclement weather.  Call (952) 858-0715 for more information.  Click here to download a copy of the June-August events calendar.

  • 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: Jul 27, 2015
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