Minnesota Bat Festival

Bat Science Night

Saturday, October 26, 2019
9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Bloomington Education and Visitor Center
3815 American Blvd East, Bloomington, MN 55425

To share the mission of International Bat Week and the need to preserve habitat for some of Minnesota’s smallest mammals, Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge will hold the 3rd annual Minnesota Bat Festival 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26.

Event Schedule:
  • 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Ongoing activities: Be a bat scientist, partner booths, explore the cave, bat trivia, face painting, bat crafts, bat-themed reading corner, bat house building demonstrations
  • 9:30 a.m. LIVE Bat Show
  • 10:30 a.m. Bat Puppet Show
  • 11:30 a.m. LIVE Bat Show
  • 1 p.m. LIVE Bat Show
  • 2 p.m. Bat Puppet Show
  • 3 p.m. LIVE Bat Show
Help demystify bats by learning about their vitality to the ecosystems of Minnesota. Event goers will learn about threats that are causing bat populations to decrease, how they can help preserve and create habitat for bats, while taking part in fun, interactive programs.
Researchers and experts from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Forest Service, National Park Service, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources will be on hand to share their knowledge of bats.

COST: The entire event is free and open to the public. A limited number of free bat house kits will be available to build onsite at the event.

PARKING: Parking will be available but may be limited during the Festival. The Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge visitor center is easily accessible via the Metro Transit Blue Line at the American Blvd stop.

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 Cortney Solum at Cortney_solum@fws.gov with your request by close of business on Oct. 18.