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Winter Marsh

 "Muskrat Snow Cones" by Scott Sharkey

 

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 December-February events calendar.

  • Bird Watching Trek

    Saturday, November 22
    8:00 am-10:30 am
    Wilkie, 7701 County Road 101 E, Shakopee
    Join in on a bird walk during fall migration. The Wilkie Unit is a good place to look for overwintering swans, ducks, and geese. We may see tundra swans as well. We will search for these species and other resident birds that spend the winter here. Birders of all skill levels are welcome. Bring binoculars, a field guide, and dress for the weather.
    Craig Mandel, Volunteer Refuge Naturalist

  • Making Tracks! Healthy Hikes

    Friday, December 5

    9:00 am-12:00 pm

    Bloomington Education and Visitor Center, 3815 American Blvd E, Bloomington

    Explore the floodplain forest and observe signs and sounds of year-round residents of the Minnesota River Valley.  This 8 mile hike will take us through Long Meadow Lake and cross the river to Gun Club Lake, exploring some of the valley’s best habitat.  Come prepared for brisk walking with frequent stops.

     Judy Geck, Park Ranger

  • Bird Watching Trek

    Saturday, December 6

    8:00 am-10:00 am

    Wilkie Unit, 7701 County Road 101 East, Shakopee

    Join in on a winter bird walk.  The open water at Blue Lake has Trumpeter Swans, Geese, and many species of ducks on it.  Other birds over-wintering here include Bald Eagles, Rough-legged Hawks, and Northern  Shrikes.  Bring your binoculars, field guide, and dress for the weather.

    Craig Mandel, Volunteer Refuge Naturalist

  • Go Outside and Play!

     Saturday, December 6

     10:30 am-11:30 am

     Bloomington Education and Visitor Center, 3815 American Blvd E, Bloomington

     The Twin Cities is home to hundreds of species of wildlife, thousands of acres of public lands, and millions of people.  Discover how you can enjoy our diverse natural areas and learn about the history behind them.  You’ll get tips on appropriate activities in sensitive habitat and how to access natural areas using mass transit.  We will also share some of our favorite spots for quick escapes from the city.

     Judy Geck, Park Ranger

  • Bird Language

    Sunday, December 7

    9:00 am-1:00 pm

    Bloomington Education and Visitor Center, 3815 American Blvd E, 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.   

    Donnie Phyillaier, Volunteer Refuge Naturalist 

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  • Call of the Wild Film Fest

    Sunday, December 7

    3:00 pm-4:00 pm

    Bloomington Education and Visitor Center, 3815 American Blvd E, Bloomington

    Join us monthly for films featuring our favorite wildlife and their unique behaviors, habitat needs, and special adaptations.  Discover how a variety of community partners work together to monitor and protect natural resources and manage habitat for humans and wildlife. Recommended for all ages.

    December 7: Crane Song

  • Bird Watching Trek

    Monday, December 8

    8:00 am-10:00 am

    Wilkie Unit, 7701 County Road 101 East, Shakopee

    Join in on a winter bird walk.  The open water at Blue Lake has Trumpeter Swans, Geese, and many species of ducks on it.  Other birds over-wintering here include Bald Eagles, Rough-legged Hawks, and Northern  Shrikes.  Bring your binoculars, field guide, and dress for the weather.

    Craig Mandel, Volunteer Refuge Naturalist

  • Beginner Snowshoeing for Families

    Tuesday, December 23

    1:00 pm-3:00 pm

    Bloomington Education and Visitor Center, 3815 American Blvd E, Bloomington

    Discover a fun new way to explore outside in winter! We will learn a bit about snowshoes, then strap them on and wind our way down into the river valley, looking for animal tracks as we go. Recommended for families with children ages 8 and up. Snowshoes are provided at no cost.

    Mara Koenig, Park Ranger 

  • Winter Fun Day!

    Tuesday, December 30
    9 am-4 pm
    Bloomington Education and Visitor Center, 3815 American Blvd E, Bloomington



    Join in on a celebration of winter!  We will have fun activities both indoors and out to get you and your whole 

    family out of the house and enjoying our wintry wonderland! 

    Call 952-858-0715 or email Minnesota_Valley@fws.gov with any questions.

    Indoor Activities

    9-10:30 am-Bee Movie (PG)

    10:45 am-12:15 pm-Over the Hedge (PG)

    1-2:30 pm-The Lorax (PG) 

    10:45- Critters of Minnesota program

    Continuous: Books by the Fireplace

    Continuous: Meet live lizards, snakes, turtles, and more!


      Outdoor Activities 

    9-10 am-Snowshoe Family Hike **If there is less than 6" of snow we will hike instead**

    10:15-11:15 am-Winter Bird Hike

    11:30-12:30-Snowshoe Games **If there is less than 6" of snow we will hike instead**

    1-2 pm-Snowshoe Family Hike **If there is less than 6" of snow we will hike instead**

    1-2:30 pm-Beginner Photography for Kids (12 and under and their families)

    1-2:30 pm-Beginner Photography Hike for Teens (13+) and Adults

    3-4 pm-Snowshoe Trek for Teens (13+) and Adults **If there is less than 6" of snow we will hike instead**


Last Updated: Dec 17, 2014
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