Minnesota Bat Festival

There are more than 1,400 species of bats worldwide, but have you ever wondered how many species of bats call Minnesota home? 

Come celebrate and learn about the unique role that bats play in our world during International Bat Week! 
MN Bat Festival Poster
  • Bat House Info and Giveaways
  • Explore the Bat Cave
  • Be a Bat Scientist with the MN DNR Bat Biologists
  • Bat Trivia
  • Bat Survey Technology Learning Session 
  • Batty Crafts 
  • Gardening for Bats and Other Wildlife 
Speaker Schedule

1:30-2:00 - Melissa Boman, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Unsolved Mysteries: Researching Minnesota’s Bat Species

2:15-3:00 - Dr. Christine Salomon, University of Minnesota, White Nose Syndrome in Bats in Minnesota

3:15-3:15 - Nicole Witzel, Hennepin County, How Can you Help Bats in your Own Backyard? 

3:30-4:15 - Chris Smith, Minnesota Department of Transportation, Hanging out with Bats under Bridges 

Who: Fun activities for all ages!
Cost: Free!

You may park anywhere in the visitor center parking lot. Overflow parking will be at the Hilton Hotel parking lot across the street. Look for a sign that says Overflow Parking. 

Driving Directions
From Interstate 494:

Exit 34th Ave and head south. At the stop light on American Blvd. East, proceed east for 1/4 mile around the bend and up a small rise to find the entrance on the right.

Metro Transit Blue Line Train:

Exit at American Blvd Station and cross 34th Avenue to the east. Proceed east on American Blvd East and follow the sidewalk 1/4 mile around the bend and up a small rise to find the entrance on the right.


The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is committed to providing access to this event for all participants. Please direct all requests for sign language interpreting services, close captioning, or other accommodation needs to Jill Utrup at jill_utrup@fws.gov, at least ten business days before the event.

The State of Minnesota Proclamation recognizes October 24-31, 2023 as BAT WEEK!
Event date and time
Event location name
Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center