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Bloodroot 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 March-May events calendar.

  • 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

  • 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

  • Early Signs of Spring Photo Hike

    Saturday, April 11
    6:30 am-8:30 am
    Bass Ponds, 2501 East 86th St, Bloomington
    We will be heading out early to capture some early signs of spring out on the refuge. April is when the birds are returning, trees are starting to bud, and grasses are starting to grow. With some luck we will be able to capture some shots of our feathered friends as we look for redwing blackbirds in the swampy areas, and migrating waterfowl in the ponds.
    Don Tredinnick and Peter Berman, Volunteer Refuge Naturalists

     

  • 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
    Seclusion and a variety of habitat make the Bluff Trail one of our favorite stretches of forest edge habitat. 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. 

    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

  • Bird Watching Trek

    Saturday, May 2
    8:00 am-10:30 am
    Bloomington Education and Visitor Center, 3815 American Blvd E, Bloomington
    Join us for a bird walk on the Long Meadow Lake Unit and learn about the birds that migrate to and through the refuge and in. Willow Flycatcher, Blue-winged and Prothonotary Warblers, White-throated; and White-crowned Sparrows are a few of the species we will be looking for. Birders of all skill levels are welcome on these walks. Bring along your binoculars, favorite field guide and dress appropriately for the weather.
    Craig Mandel, Volunteer Refuge Naturalist

  • Environmental Education Cohort**

    Saturday, May 2
    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

  • Bird Language

    Sunday, May 3
    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. To register visit: http://www.mntracking.org/
    Donnie Phyillaier, Volunteer Refuge Naturalist

  • Call of the Wild Film Fest

    Sunday, May 3
    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 3-Duckumentary

  • Bird Watching Trek

    Monday, May 4
    8:00 am-10:30 am
    Rapids Lake Education and Visitor Center, 15865 Rapids Lake Road, Carver
    Join us for a bird walk on the Rapids Lake Unit and learn about the birds that migrate to and through the refuge and in. Willow Flycatcher, Blue-winged and Prothonotary Warblers, White-throated; and White-crowned Sparrows are a few of the species we will be looking for. Birders of all skill levels are welcome on these walks. Bring along your binoculars, favorite field guide and dress appropriately for the weather.
    Craig Mandel, Volunteer Refuge Naturalist

     

  • Bird Watching Trek

    Sunday, May 10
    8:00 am-10:30 am
    Rapids Lake Education and Visitor Center, 15865 Rapids Lake Road, Carver
    Join us for a bird walk on the Rapids Lake Unit and learn about the birds that migrate to and through the refuge and in. Willow Flycatcher, Blue-winged and Prothonotary Warblers, White-throated; and White-crowned Sparrows are a few of the species we will be looking for. Birders of all skill levels are welcome on these walks. 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, May 10
    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 10-Wild America: Tender Times

  • Tuesday Tour: Spring Ephemerals

    Tuesday, May 12
    4:30 pm-6:30 pm
    Rapids Lake Education and Visitor Center, 15865 Rapids Lake Road, Carver
    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.
    Judy Geck, Park Ranger

  • Call of the Wild Film Fest

    Sunday, May 17
    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 17- Predators and Prey

  • Call of the Wild Film Fest

    Sunday, May 24
    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 24-Bees: Tales from the Hive

  • 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

Last Updated: Apr 02, 2015
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