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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 March-May events calendar.

  • Bird Watching Trek

    Saturday, March 7
    8:00 am-10:30 am
    Old Cedar Avenue, 9500 Old Cedar Ave S, Bloomington
    Join us for a bird walk on one of the many refuge units during spring migration. Old Cedar Avenue is a great place to look for migratory ducks, geese, swans, and raptors. Sometimes over 20 Bald Eagles can be seen here in one morning! Birders of all skill levels are welcome on this walk. Bring along your binoculars, favorite field guide and dress appropriately for the weather. Craig Mandel, Volunteer Refuge Naturalist

  • Nature's Notebook Workshop**

    Saturday, March 7
    9:00 am-4:00 pm
    Bloomington Education and Visitor Center, 3815 American Blvd E, Bloomington
    The National Phenology Network is recruiting volunteers, students, and educators to collect an dsubmit plant and animal observations within the Twin Cities community using the national data base Nature’s Notebook. No prior experience is required! Teachers, amateur naturalists, and botanists, as well as seasoned professionals are welcome. Register to use your own site of conduct observations on Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge.

    For more information:
    Teachers Contact: Suzanne Trapp, Visitor Services Specialist, 952-361-4502 or Suzanne_Trapp@fws.gov

    Volunteers Contact: Sarah Inouye-Leas, Volunteer Coordinator, 952-858-0724 or Sarah_Inouye@fws.gov

    Click here for details or to register.

  • Environmental Education Cohort**

    Saturday, March 7
    9:30 am-12:00 pm
    Bloomington Education and Visitor Center, 3815 American Blvd E, Bloomington
    You are invited to join a dedicated group of educators focused on integrating and embedding Environmental Education and outdoor learning into every day instruction. Free! Registration required; https://www.surveymonkey.com/2/EECohort2014-15
     Click here for details 

     

  • Refuge Partner Teacher Orientation**

    Saturday, March 7
    11:00 am-12:00 pm
    Rapids Lake Education and Visitor Center, 15847 Rapids Lake Road, Carver
    Click here for details

     

  • Refuge Partner Teacher Spring Training**

    Saturday, March 7
    12:30 pm-3:30 pm
    Rapids Lake Education and Visitor Center, 15847 Rapids Lake Road, Carver
    Click here for details

  • Aldo Leopold Weekend

    Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge
    Invites you to join in on Aldo Leopold Weekend!
    Designated the first weekend in March, Aldo Leopold Weekend is designed to bring people in the community together around Leopold’s idea of a land ethic. Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge will host weekend programs March 7 and 8 including a full day Nature’s Notebook Phenology Workshop, screening of Green Fire, guided hikes, and conservation presentations.
    Programs will take place at Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge Bloomington Education and Visitor Center.

    Click here for a .pdf version of the poster

    Nature’s Notebook Phenology Workshop
    Saturday, March 7
    9:00 am-4:00 pm
    The National Phenology Network is recruiting volunteers, students, and educators to collect and submit plant and animal observations within the Twin Cities community using the national data base Nature's Notebook. No prior experience is required! Teachers, amateur naturalists and botanists, as well as seasoned professionals are welcome. Register to use your own site or conduct observations on Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge.
    To register, please visit: http://tinyurl.com/mohw7mq

    For more information:
    Teacher Contact: Suzanne Trapp, Visitor Services Specialist, 952-361-4502 or Suzanne_Trapp@fws.gov
    Volunteer Contact: Sarah Inouye-Leas, Volunteer Coordinator, 952-858-0724 or Sarah_Inouye@fws.gov

    Bird Language
    Sunday, March 8
    9:00 am-1:00 pm
    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, Volunteer Refuge Naturalist

    Planting for Pollinators
    Sunday, March 8
    10:00 am-11:00 am
    Join a native plant expert to learn how you can provide ideal habitat for pollinators by selecting the right plants for the right location. Free resources about the refuge butterfly garden and about pollinator gardening will be available.
    Matt Stasica, Minnesota Waterfowl Association

    Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for Our Time
    Sunday, March 8
    11:00 am-12:15 pm
    This documentary explores the life and legacy of famed conservationist Aldo Leopold, and the many ways his land ethic philosophy lives on in the work of people and organizations all over the country today.

    Brown Bag Book Lunch: Aldo Leopold Readings and Discussion
    Sunday, March 8
    12:15 pm-1:00 pm
    Bring your lunch and join a read-aloud and facilitated discussion featuring favorite Aldo Leopold essays. Judy Geck is a Leopold Land Ethic Leader and will facilitate the discussion.
    Judy Geck, Park Ranger

    Shell Lake Collective
    Sunday, March 8
    1:00 pm-2:00 pm
    Learn how a group of concerned, committed citizens living near Shell Lake, Wisconsin have come together and work cooperatively to protect, restore, and enhance their private lands for conservation.

    Dwindling Numbers for an Iconic Insect: A Conservation Biologist Ponders Moving beyond the Documentation of Declines
    Presented by:
    Karen Oberhauser, Director of the Minnesota Monarch Lab
    Ward Johnson, Co-Director of the Save Our Monarchs Foundation
    Sunday, March 8
    2:00 pm-4:00 pm
    Monarch butterfly populations have been declining over the last 20 years. Karen Oberhauser will describe the amazing biology of migratory monarch populations and the work of citizens and scientists in documenting numbers at all stages of their migratory cycle. She will discuss threats to monarchs, and potential responses to these threats. Because conservation biology must be, at its essence, a science of hope, her focus is on positive changes.
    Ward Johnson will describe how gardeners are helping gardeners by providing milkweed seeds and expertise to create monarch habitat.

    Guided Hike
    Sunday, March 8
    4:00 pm-5:00 pm
    Join Ranger Judy and Volunteer Naturalists for a guided hike on the Long Meadow Lake Trail.
    Judy Geck, Park Ranger

  • Bird Watching Trek

    Saturday, March 14
    8:00 am-10:30 am
    Old Cedar Avenue, 9500 Old Cedar Ave S, Bloomington
    Join us for a bird walk on one of the many refuge units during spring migration. Old Cedar Avenue is a great place to look for migratory ducks, geese, swans, and raptors. Sometimes over 20 Bald Eagles can be seen here in one morning! Birders of all skill levels are welcome on this walk. Bring along your binoculars, favorite field guide and dress appropriately for the weather.
    Craig Mandel, Volunteer Refuge Naturalist

  • Bird Watching Trek

    Bird Watching Trek
    Saturday, March 21
    8:00 am-10:30 am
    Old Cedar Avenue, 9500 Old Cedar Ave S, Bloomington
    Join us for a bird walk on one of the many refuge units during spring migration. Old Cedar Avenue is a great place to look for migratory ducks, geese, swans, and raptors. Sometimes over 20 Bald Eagles can be seen here in one morning! Birders of all skill levels are welcome on this walk. Bring along your binoculars, favorite field guide and dress appropriately for the weather.
    Craig Mandel, Volunteer Refuge Naturalist

  • Bird Watching Trek

    Bird Watching Trek
    Monday, March 23
    8:00 am-10:30 am
    Old Cedar Avenue, 9500 Old Cedar Ave S, Bloomington
    Join us for a bird walk on one of the many refuge units during spring migration. Old Cedar Avenue is a great place to look for migratory ducks, geese, swans, and raptors. Sometimes over 20 Bald Eagles can be seen here in one morning! Birders of all skill levels are welcome on this walk. Bring along your binoculars, favorite field guide and dress appropriately for the weather.
    Craig Mandel, Volunteer Refuge Naturalist

  • Tuesday Tour: Squish!

    Tuesday Tour: Squish!
    Tuesday, March 24
    4:30 pm-6:30 pm
    Wilkie Unit, 7701 County Road 101 East, Shakopee
    Improve your powers of observation and your health on a 4-mile hike with Ranger Judy through the river valley and uplands, exploring some of Minnesota Valley’s best habitat. Come prepared for brisk walking with frequent stops and dress for the weather.
    We will hike through the Wilkie Unit and check out the range of wildlife enjoying the large wetlands in this unit.
    Judy Geck, Park Ranger

  • Environmental Education Cohort**

    Saturday, April 4
    9:30 am-12:00 pm
    Bloomington Education and Visitor Center, 3815 American Blvd E, Bloomington
    You are invited to join a dedicated group of educators focused on integrating and embedding Environmental Education and outdoor learning into every day instruction. See page 10 for details. Free! Registration is required; https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/EECohort2014-15

  • Rising Waters Photo Hike

    Sunday, April 5
    8:30 am-10:30 am
    Old Cedar Avenue, 9500 Old Cedar Ave S, Bloomington
    We will be exploring the area around the Old Cedar Bridge. Every spring the water level of the Minnesota River rises due to the snow melt upstream. This results in a very different look for much of the refuge. Great photo opportunities abound as we explore this unique area.
    Don Tredinnick and Peter Berman, Volunteer Refuge Naturalists

  • Bird Language

    Sunday, April 5
    9:00 am-1:00 pm
    Bloomington Education and Visitor Center
    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, Volunteer Refuge Naturalist

  • Call of the Wild Film Fest

    Sunday, April 5
    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.
    April 5-Animal Olympians

  • Refuge Partner Teacher Orientation**

    Monday, April 6
    4:00 pm-5:00 pm
    Bloomington Education and Visitor Center
    Click here for details

  • Refuge Partner Teacher Spring Training**

    Tuesday, April 7
    4:00 pm-7:00 pm
    Bloomington Education and Visitor Center
    Click here for details

  • Bird Watching Trek

    Saturday, April 11
    8:00 am-10:30 am
    Rapids Lake Education and Visitor Center, 15865 Rapids Lake Road, Carver
    Join us for a bird walk on one of the many refuge units during spring migration. The Rapids Lake Unit is a great place to see early spring songbird migrants! Birders of all skill levels are welcome on this walk. Bring along your binoculars, favorite field guide and dress appropriately for the weather.
    Craig Mandel, Volunteer Refuge Naturalist

  • Call of the Wild Film Fest

    Sunday, April 12
    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.
    April 12-Living with White-tailed Deer

  • Bird Watching Trek

    Bird Watching Trek
    Sunday, April 19
    8:00 am-10:30 am
    Rapids Lake Education and Visitor Center, 15865 Rapids Lake Road, Carver
    Join us for a bird walk on one of the many refuge units during spring migration. The Rapids Lake Unit is a great place to see early spring songbird migrants! Birders of all skill levels are welcome on this walk. Bring along your binoculars, favorite field guide and dress appropriately for the weather.
    Craig Mandel, Volunteer Refuge Naturalist

  • Call of the Wild Film Fest

    Sunday, April 19
    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.
    April 19-Global Warming (25 min), Climate Change, Wildlife, and Wetlands (15 min), and You Can Make a Difference (15 min)

  • Tuesday Tour: Bluff Trail

    Tuesday, April 21
    4:30 pm-6:30 pm
    Old Cedar Avenue, 9500 Old Cedar Ave S, Bloomington
    Improve your powers of observation and your health on a 4-mile hike with Ranger Judy through the river valley and uplands, exploring some of Minnesota Valley’s best habitat. Come prepared for brisk walking with frequent stops and dress for the weather.
    Seclusion and a variety of habitat make the Bluff Trail one of our favorite stretches of forest edge habitat. Hike 4 miles along one of the busiest sections of the flyway.
    Judy Geck, Park Ranger

  • Call of the Wild Film Fest

    Sunday, April 26
    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.
    April 26-Conserving America: The Wetlands

Last Updated: Feb 13, 2015
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