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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 September-November events calendar.

  • 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

  • Bird Language

    Sunday, September 6
    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 and Jonathan Poppele, Refuge Naturalists

  • Call of the WIld Film Fest

    Sunday, September 6
    3:00 pm-4:00 pm
    Bloomington Education and Visitor Center
    Join us on Sunday afternoons for films featuring our favorite wildlife and their unique behaviors, habitat needs, and special adaptations. You will also discover how a variety of community partners work together to protect natural resources and manage habitat for wildlife. Recommended for all ages.
    September 6: Incredible Journey of the Butterflies

  • Meeting Monarchs

    Friday, September 11
    11:00 am-3:00 pm
    Rapids Lake Education and Visitor Center
    Drop in anytime between 11 and 3 for EVERYTHING monarch. During your visit discover the wonder of monarch migration, help tag migrating monarchs, and make your own monarch glider to take home.
    Suzanne Trapp, Visitor Services Specialist

  • End of Summer Photo Hike

    Saturday, September 12
    7:00 am-9:00 am
    Lyndale Avenue Trailhead
    Late summer is a fantastic time for flowers, and this part of the refuge does not disappoint. In addition, there are some really nice views of the river. Our hike will take us through both wooded and open areas. 

    Don Tredinnick and Peter Berman, Volunteer Refuge Naturalists

     

     

     

  • Meeting Monarchs

    Saturday, September 12
    11:00 am-3:00 pm
    Rapids Lake Education and Visitor Center
    Drop in anytime between 11 and 3 for EVERYTHING monarch. During your visit discover the wonder of monarch migration, help tag migrating monarchs, and make your own monarch glider to take home.
    Suzanne Trapp, Visitor Services Specialist

  • Colors of the Prairie-Fall Field Trip Purple

    Saturday, September 12
    10:00 am-11:00 am
    Rapids Lake Education and Visitor Center
    The restored prairie around Rapids Lake is a summer wave of color and a buzz of sound. Join Ranger Suzanne on a closer look at the beautiful blooms and visiting pollinators unique to each stage of the prairie summer. Photographers and artists are encouraged to stay and sketch, paint, or photograph the summer prairie.
    Suzanne Trapp, Visitor Services Specialist

  • Bird Watching Trek

    Sunday, September 13
    8:00 am-10:30 am
    Rapids Lake Education and Visitor Center
    Join in on a bird walk during fall migration. The Refuge is a great place to find migratory waterfowl, raptors, warblers, and sparrows. We will search for these species and more while the birds are resting and feeding before continuing their southerly migration. Birders of all skill levels are welcome. Bring binoculars, a field guide, and dress for the weather.
    Craig Mandel, Volunteer Refuge Naturalist

  • Call of the Wild Film Fest

    Sunday, September 13
    3:00 pm-4:00 pm
    Bloomington Education and Visitor Center
    Join us on Sunday afternoons for films featuring our favorite wildlife and their unique behaviors, habitat needs, and special adaptations. You will also discover how a variety of community partners work together to protect natural resources and manage habitat for wildlife. Recommended for all ages.
    September 13: The Shape of Things

  • Bird Watching Trek

    Monday, September 14
    8:00 am-10:30 am
    Bass Ponds Trailhead
    Join in on a bird walk during fall migration. The Refuge is a great place to find migratory waterfowl, raptors, warblers, and sparrows. We will search for these species and more while the birds are resting and feeding before continuing their southerly migration. Birders of all skill levels are welcome. Bring binoculars, a field guide, and dress for the weather.
    Craig Mandel, Volunteer Refuge Naturalist

  • Paddle with Ranger Judy Color Cruise

    Saturday, September 19
    11:30 am-4:30 pm
    Belle Plaine to Jordan
    Join Ranger Judy for a paddle-with-a-view on the Minnesota River. On this guided 10 mile excursion we’ll explore Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge from the water and discover some of the best wildlife habitat and scenery around! Provide your own canoe or kayak, equipment, and PFD. Basic paddling skills are required. To register contact Judy at 952-858-0731 or Judy_Geck@fws.gov

  • Call of the Wild Film Fest

    Sunday, September 20
    3:00 pm-4:00 pm
    Bloomington Education and Visitor Center
    Join us on Sunday afternoons for films featuring our favorite wildlife and their unique behaviors, habitat needs, and special adaptations. You will also discover how a variety of community partners work together to protect natural resources and manage habitat for wildlife. Recommended for all ages.
    September 20: Duck and Goose Hunting

  • Bird Watching Trek

    Monday, September 21
    8:00 am-10:30 am
    Rapids Lake Education and Visitor Center
    Join in on a bird walk during fall migration. The Refuge is a great place to find migratory waterfowl, raptors, warblers, and sparrows. We will search for these species and more while the birds are resting and feeding before continuing their southerly migration. Birders of all skill levels are welcome. Bring binoculars, a field guide, and dress for the weather.
    Craig Mandel, Volunteer Refuge Naturalist

  • Bird Watching Trek

    Saturday, September 26
    8:00 am-10:30 am
    Bass Ponds Trailhead
    Join in on a bird walk during fall migration. The Refuge is a great place to find migratory waterfowl, raptors, warblers, and sparrows. We will search for these species and more while the birds are resting and feeding before continuing their southerly migration. Birders of all skill levels are welcome. Bring binoculars, a field guide, and dress for the weather.
    Craig Mandel, Volunteer Refuge Naturalist

  • Beginner Archery

    Saturday, September 26
    12:30 pm-2:30 pm
    Bloomington Education and Visitor Center
    Aim for a rewarding and challenging afternoon by learning and practicing bow and arrow skills from a certified instructor. With step-by-step instruction you can become an archer, too. Demonstration, hands-on practice, and progressive games provide an opportunity to develop and test your new skills. For ages 8 and up, this is an ideal family activity. Equipment provided.
    Judy Geck, Park Ranger

  • Paddle with Ranger Judy Color Cruise

    Sunday, September 27
    11:30 am-4:30 pm
    Lyndale to Fort Snelling State Park
    Join Ranger Judy for a paddle-with-a-view on the Minnesota River. On this guided 9 mile excursion we’ll explore Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge from the water and discover some of the best wildlife habitat and scenery around! Provide your own canoe or kayak, equipment, and PFD. Basic paddling skills are required. To register contact Judy at 952-858-0731 or Judy_Geck@fws.gov

  • Call of the Wild Film Fest

    Sunday, September 27
    3:00 pm-4:00 pm
    Bloomington Education and Visitor Center
    Join us on Sunday afternoons for films featuring our favorite wildlife and their unique behaviors, habitat needs, and special adaptations. You will also discover how a variety of community partners work together to protect natural resources and manage habitat for wildlife. Recommended for all ages.
    September 27: Crane Song

  • Bird Language

    Sunday, October 4
    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 and Jonathan Poppele, Refuge Naturalists

  • Call of the Wild Film Fest

    Sunday, October 4
    3:00 pm-4:00 pm
    Bloomington Education and Visitor Center
    Join us on Sunday afternoons for films featuring our favorite wildlife and their unique behaviors, habitat needs, and special adaptations. You will also discover how a variety of community partners work together to protect natural resources and manage habitat for wildlife. Recommended for all ages.
    October 4: Blue Planet

  • Fall Photo Hike

    Saturday, October 10
    8:30 am-10:30 am
    Rapids Lake Education and Visitor Center
    Fall color should be peaking as we get into October. The Rapids Lake Unit has some fantastic tree-lined river views, remnants of an old farm, and lots of bursting milkweed. Of all the units on the refuge, this is my favorite for fall photography.  Don Tredinnick and Peter Berman, Volunteer Refuge Naturalists

  • Call of the Wild Film Fest

    Sunday, October 11
    3:00 pm-4:00 pm
    Bloomington Education and Visitor Center
    Join us on Sunday afternoons for films featuring our favorite wildlife and their unique behaviors, habitat needs, and special adaptations. You will also discover how a variety of community partners work together to protect natural resources and manage habitat for wildlife. Recommended for all ages.
    October 11: After the Birds Taught Me to Fly

  • Bird Watching Trek

    Monday, October 12
    8:00 am-10:30 am
    Bass Ponds Trailhead
    Join in on a bird walk during fall migration. The Refuge is a great place to find migratory waterfowl, raptors, warblers, and sparrows. We will search for these species and more while the birds are resting and feeding before continuing their southerly migration. Birders of all skill levels are welcome. Bring binoculars, a field guide, and dress for the weather.
    Craig Mandel, Volunteer Refuge Naturalist

  • Bird Watching Trek

    Saturday, October 17
    8:00 am-10:30 am
    Rapids Lake Education and Visitor Center
    Join in on a bird walk during fall migration. The Refuge is a great place to find migratory waterfowl, raptors, warblers, and sparrows. We will search for these species and more while the birds are resting and feeding before continuing their southerly migration. Birders of all skill levels are welcome. Bring binoculars, a field guide, and dress for the weather.
    Craig Mandel, Volunteer Refuge Naturalist

  • Confluence: Where Culture Joins Nature

    Saturday, October 17
    11:30 am-12:30 am
    Bloomington Education and Visitor Center
    Through thousands of years of ice, meltwater, flowing rivers, and erosion the Minnesota River valley was formed, creating refuge for wildlife, plants, and humans. The Refuge provides easy access to diverse natural features and provides a variety of recreational opportunities. As a resident or visitor, discover your integral place in this ongoing ecological community during an interactive presentation and half mile guided hike.
    Judy Geck, Park Ranger

  • Call of the Wild Film Fest

    Sunday, October 18
    3:00 pm-4:00 pm
    Bloomington Education and Visitor Center
    Join us on Sunday afternoons for films featuring our favorite wildlife and their unique behaviors, habitat needs, and special adaptations. You will also discover how a variety of community partners work together to protect natural resources and manage habitat for wildlife. Recommended for all ages.
    October 18: Winged Migration

  • Bird Watching Trek

    Saturday, October 24
    8:00 am-10:30 am
    Bass Ponds Trailhead
    Join in on a bird walk during fall migration. The Refuge is a great place to find migratory waterfowl, raptors, warblers, and sparrows. We will search for these species and more while the birds are resting and feeding before continuing their southerly migration. Birders of all skill levels are welcome. Bring binoculars, a field guide, and dress for the weather.
    Craig Mandel, Volunteer Refuge Naturalist

  • Call of the Wild Film Fest

    Sunday, October 25
    3:00 pm-4:00 pm
    Bloomington Education and Visitor Center
    Join us on Sunday afternoons for films featuring our favorite wildlife and their unique behaviors, habitat needs, and special adaptations. You will also discover how a variety of community partners work together to protect natural resources and manage habitat for wildlife. Recommended for all ages.
    October 25: A Murder of Crows

  • Sunset Photo Hike

    Saturday, November 7
    3:30 pm-5:30 pm
    Bloomington Education and Visitor Center
    An annual favorite, as we capture the setting sun over the refuge. The location is perfect as we capture the sun as it sets over the grasses which will be showing their full fall color. We will head down the trail and get into position. Sunset is at 4:55PM, so we will have plenty of time to prepare and get set-up. Don will go over some tips on capturing the sunset once we are in position.
    Don Tredinnick and Peter Berman, Volunteer Refuge Naturalists

  • Bird Language

    Sunday, November 8
    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 and Jonathan Poppele, Refuge Naturalists

  • Call of the Wild Film Fest

    Sunday, November 8
    3:00 pm-4:00 pm
    Bloomington Education and Visitor Center
    Join us on Sunday afternoons for films featuring our favorite wildlife and their unique behaviors, habitat needs, and special adaptations. You will also discover how a variety of community partners work together to protect natural resources and manage habitat for wildlife. Recommended for all ages.
    November 8: Encounters with the Whitetail Deer

  • Bird Watching Trek

    Sunday, November 15
    8:00 am-10:30 am
    Bass Ponds Trailhead
    Join in on a bird walk during fall migration. The Refuge is a great place to find migratory waterfowl, raptors, warblers, and sparrows. We will search for these species and more while the birds are resting and feeding before continuing their southerly migration. Birders of all skill levels are welcome. Bring binoculars, a field guide, and dress for the weather.
    Craig Mandel, Volunteer Refuge Naturalist

  • Bird Watching Trek

    Monday, November 16
    8:00 am-10:30 am
    Rapids Lake Education and Visitor Center
    Join in on a bird walk during fall migration. The Refuge is a great place to find migratory waterfowl, raptors, warblers, and sparrows. We will search for these species and more while the birds are resting and feeding before continuing their southerly migration. Birders of all skill levels are welcome. Bring binoculars, a field guide, and dress for the weather.
    Craig Mandel, Volunteer Refuge Naturalist

  • Bird Watching Trek

    Saturday, November 21
    8:00 am-10:30 am
    Bass Ponds Trailhead
    Join in on a bird walk during fall migration. The Refuge is a great place to find migratory waterfowl, raptors, warblers, and sparrows. We will search for these species and more while the birds are resting and feeding before continuing their southerly migration. Birders of all skill levels are welcome. Bring binoculars, a field guide, and dress for the weather.
    Craig Mandel, Volunteer Refuge Naturalist

Last Updated: Aug 26, 2015
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