Federal Recreation Passes

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Your purchase of Federal Recreation Passes at our visitor center helps support services for visitors!

 As of March 17, 2020, in person pass sales at our site are suspended while our visitor center is closed.  


Sales of the America the Beautiful – the National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Passes (also called Interagency Passes) are currently only available online. Please be aware that delays in fulfilling online pass orders may occur.  4th Grade, Military, and Volunteer passes are only available at site locations, and therefore unavailable until our Bloomington visitor center reopens.   More advice about pass purchases is available here: https://store.usgs.gov/covid19update.

To purchase a 2020 Senior Annual, 2020 Annual, Access, and Senior Lifetime pass, visit the USGS Online Store.  You can find more information about these passes and fee areas, order online, or plan your trip to Federal public lands at Recreation.gov  

Learn more about the passes available for purchase:

There is no entrance fee at Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge. However, we do issue America The Beautiful passes at the Bloomington Education and Visitor Center (3815 American Boulevard East, Bloomington, MN 55425) during regular hours.  

NOTE: Passes are not available for sale at our Rapids Lake Education and Visitor Center in Carver, MN.  

We are able to accept cash or check ONLY for all passes that require a fee.  

NOTE: Per regulations, passes may not be given as a gift and must be signed at the time of purchase, except for the America the Beautiful Annual Pass.  Picture identification will be required at the time of purchase, and some passes require additional documentation.  

You can find more information about these passes and fee areas, order online, or plan your trip to Federal public lands at Recreation.gov 

America the Beautiful Federal Recreational Lands Passes are a suite of annual and lifetime passes that provides U.S. citizens and visitors an affordable and convenient way to access Federal recreational lands.  Up to 100% of the Pass program's proceeds are used to improve and enhance visitor recreation services.

Your purchase of Federal Recreation Lands Passes at our visitor center has supported the following:

  • Upgrades to the Bloomington Education and Visitor Center auditorium audio-visual systems, including listening assistance devices, state-of-the-art laser video projector, speaker systems, wireless microphone systems (2019)
  • Upgrades to the Bloomington Education and Visitor Center classroom audio-visual systems, including new projectors, speaker systems, and wireless microphones (2019)
  • New hand dryers for the public restrooms at the Bloomington Education and Visitor Center (2019)
  • Snow removal equipment (2020)
  • Native prairie seeds for habitat restoration projects (2019-2020)
  • Funds for vital internship programs, in collaboration with the Conservation Corps of Minnesota and Iowa, Minnesota Valley Refuge Friends, Hispanic Access Foundation, and the Student Conservation Association (ongoing)
  • Refuge signs and information kiosks (ongoing)

Thank you for choosing to purchase your passes at our Refuge!

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Questions?  Call our visitor center at 952-854-5900