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Public Programs

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.  To download a PDF of the June-August calendar, click here.

  • Family Nature Walk

    Saturday, July 26
    10:30 am-11:30 am
    Bloomington Education and Visitor Center, 3815 American Blvd East, Bloomington

    Join a Refuge Naturalist for a leisurely walk through prairie, forest, and wetlands habitats and enjoy guided exploration of the Long Meadow Lake Unit of the Refuge. Discover the variety of wildlife that depend on refuge habitat for survival. These weekly hikes are one hour long and family friendly. Dress for the weather and bring water. We will provide all equipment. 

  • Beat the Heat Summer Film Series

    Sunday, July 27
    3:00 pm
    Bloomington Education and Visitor Center, 3815 American Blvd East, Bloomington

    "Lord of the Ants"

    Come inside on Sunday afternoons to enjoy a comfortable 60-90 minutes of films featuring some of our refuge favorites. There’s something for everyone with weekly themes, prize-winning documentaries, and great footage. Films may be checked out from the Minnesota Valley Resource Center for FREE! Recommended for all ages. 

  • Family Nature Walk

    Saturday, August 2
    10:30 am-11:30 am
    Bloomington Education and Visitor Center, 3815 American Blvd East, Bloomington

    Join a Refuge Naturalist for a leisurely walk through prairie, forest, and wetlands habitats and enjoy guided exploration of the Long Meadow Lake Unit of the Refuge. Discover the variety of wildlife that depend on refuge habitat for survival. These weekly hikes are one hour long and family friendly. Dress for the weather and bring water. We will provide all equipment.  

  • Beat the Heat Summer Film Series

     Sunday, August 3
    3:00 pm
    Bloomington Education and Visitor Center, 3815 American Blvd East, Bloomington

    "Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for Our Time"

    Come inside on Sunday afternoons to enjoy a comfortable 60-90 minutes of films featuring some of our refuge favorites. There’s something for everyone with weekly themes, prize-winning documentaries, and great footage. Films may be checked out from the Minnesota Valley Resource Center for FREE! Recommended for all ages. 

  • Bills and Beaks

    Tuesday, August 5
    9:00 am-10:30 am
    Bloomington Education and Visitor Center, 3815 American Blvd East, Bloomington

    This hands-on experience for parents, grandparents, and kids age 6-10 explores how birds' beaks and bills have special forms to help them select just the right foods from their outdoor dinner tables on the refuge. Grown-up speak: We'll learn about adaptation and specialization, and how they help birds and other animals prosper in their habitats.
    Led by Rob Daves, Volunteer Refuge Naturalist 

  • Family Nature Walk

    Saturday, August 9
    10:30 am-11:30 am
    Bloomington Education and Visitor Center, 3815 American Blvd East, Bloomington

    Join a Refuge Naturalist for a leisurely walk through prairie, forest, and wetlands habitats and enjoy guided exploration of the Long Meadow Lake Unit of the Refuge. Discover the variety of wildlife that depend on refuge habitat for survival. These weekly hikes are one hour long and family friendly. Dress for the weather and bring water. We will provide all equipment.  

  • Beat the Heat Summer Film Series

    Sunday, August 10
    3:00 pm
    Bloomington Education and Visitor Center, 3815 American Blvd East, Bloomington

    "Strange Creatures of the Night"

    Come inside on Sunday afternoons to enjoy a comfortable 60-90 minutes of films featuring some of our refuge favorites. There’s something for everyone with weekly themes, prize-winning documentaries, and great footage. Films may be checked out from the Minnesota Valley Resource Center for FREE! Recommended for all ages. 

  • Super Moon Photo Hike

    Sunday, August 10
    7:30 pm-9:30 pm
    Bass Ponds, 2501 86th St East, Bloomington

    It is the eve of the super moon, and moon rise is scheduled for 8:10 PM. With the overlap of the sunset and moon rise, there is sure to be some great color on the moon as it is rising. We will start with a hike around the Bass Ponds looking for whatever photo opportunities come our way before heading over to an area overlooking the river that should give us some great views of the moon as it rises.
    Bring a tripod since we will be taking some longer exposures.
    Led by Don Tredinnick and Peter Berman, Volunteer Refuge Naturalists 

  • Hike with a Trail Ranger

    Tuesday, August 12
    9:00 am-12:30 pm
    Bloomington Education and Visitor Center, 3815 American Blvd East, Bloomington

    Enjoy refuge trails with a Trail Ranger while they make wildlife observations, collect nature phenology data and do light trail maintenance. We will hike the Long Meadow Lake Trail. It is 3.5 miles one way. We will shuttle back to the visitor center at the end of the trail. Please bring along a water bottle and a snack. Insect repellant and hiking shoes recommended. Trail map is online here. Please note: Participants must be at least 14 years of age to hike unaccompanied by an adult. Register by clicking here

  • Family Nature Walk

    Saturday, August 16
    10:30 am-11:30 am
    Bloomington Education and Visitor Center, 3815 American Blvd East, Bloomington

    Join a Refuge Naturalist for a leisurely walk through prairie, forest, and wetlands habitats and enjoy guided exploration of the Long Meadow Lake Unit of the Refuge. Discover the variety of wildlife that depend on refuge habitat for survival. These weekly hikes are one hour long and family friendly. Dress for the weather and bring water. We will provide all equipment.  

  • Summer Birding

    Saturday, August 16
    8:30 am-11:30 am
    Louisville Swamp, 3801 145th St West, Shakopee

    Hike the western portion of the Refuge and meet the birds that nest there. Eastern Kingbirds, Eastern Meadowlarks, and many species of warblers are a few of the birds you may see on this hike. Bring your binoculars, water, bug spray, and dress for the weather.
    Led by George Skinner and Anne Hanley, Volunteer Refuge Naturalists 

  • Beat the Heat Summer Film Series

    Sunday, August 17
    3:00 pm
    Bloomington Education and Visitor Center, 3815 American Blvd East, Bloomington

    "Duckumentary"

    Come inside on Sunday afternoons to enjoy a comfortable 60-90 minutes of films featuring some of our refuge favorites. There’s something for everyone with weekly themes, prize-winning documentaries, and great footage. Films may be checked out from the Minnesota Valley Resource Center for FREE! Recommended for all ages. 

  • Family Nature Walk

    Saturday, August 23
    10:30 am-11:30 am
    Bloomington Education and Visitor Center, 3815 American Blvd East, Bloomington

    Join a Refuge Naturalist for a leisurely walk through prairie, forest, and wetlands habitats and enjoy guided exploration of the Long Meadow Lake Unit of the Refuge. Discover the variety of wildlife that depend on refuge habitat for survival. These weekly hikes are one hour long and family friendly. Dress for the weather and bring water. We will provide all equipment.  

  • Bird Watching Trek

    Saturday, August 23
    7:00 am-10:00 am
    Rapids Lake Education and Visitor Center, 15865 Rapids Lake Rd, Carver

    The Rapids Lake Unit is a great place to see grassland birds! We will search for prairie species including meadowlarks, flycatchers, and lots of species of sparrows. Birders of all levels are welcome. Bring along your binoculars, field guide, and dress for the weather.
    Led by Craig Mandel, Volunteer Refuge Naturalist 

  • Bird Watching Trek

    Sunday, August 24
    7:00 am-10:00 am
    Bloomington Ferry Unit, 11255 Bloomington Ferry Road, Bloomington

    The Minnesota River is easily accessible from this unit. We will search for raptors, warblers, and other early migrants. Bring your binoculars, field guide, and dress for the weather.
    Led by Craig Mandel, Volunteer Refuge Naturalist
     

  • Beat the Heat Summer Film Series

    Sunday, August 24
    3:00 pm
    Bloomington Education and Visitor Center, 3815 American Blvd East, Bloomington

    "Jane Goodall: A Life in the Wild" and "John James Audubon"

    Come inside on Sunday afternoons to enjoy a comfortable 60-90 minutes of films featuring some of our refuge favorites. There’s something for everyone with weekly themes, prize-winning documentaries, and great footage. Films may be checked out from the Minnesota Valley Resource Center for FREE! Recommended for all ages. 

  • Family Nature Walk

    Saturday, August 30
    10:30 am-11:30 am
    Bloomington Education and Visitor Center, 3815 American Blvd East, Bloomington

    Join a Refuge Naturalist for a leisurely walk through prairie, forest, and wetlands habitats and enjoy guided exploration of the Long Meadow Lake Unit of the Refuge. Discover the variety of wildlife that depend on refuge habitat for survival. These weekly hikes are one hour long and family friendly. Dress for the weather and bring water. We will provide all equipment.  

  • Beat the Heat Summer Film Series

    Sunday, August 31
    3:00 pm
    Bloomington Education and Visitor Center, 3815 American Blvd East, Bloomington

    “Animal Adaptations”

    Come inside on Sunday afternoons to enjoy a comfortable 60-90 minutes of films featuring some of our refuge favorites. There’s something for everyone with weekly themes, prize-winning documentaries, and great footage. Films may be checked out from the Minnesota Valley Resource Center for FREE! Recommended for all ages. 

Last Updated: Jul 25, 2014
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