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    Pollinator Art Ice Shanty

    Join the US Fish and Wildlife Service at the art exhibit on frozen Bde Unma, Lake Harriet with more than 20 themed ice shanty structures.

    Event Schedule

  • Emily Donovan Art

    Refuge Art Gallery

    Jan 3-Feb 28 view the gallery exhibition "Migration and Motion" by Emily Donovan.

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  • River Prism Rotator

    From Trash to Art

    Trash can be art? Yes it can! See the River Prism sculpture at our Bloomington Visitor Center.

    River Prism

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    FREE Outdoor Equipment Rentals

    Need equipment? Head outside with ours. Snowshoes, binoculars and "Kids Explorer" packs are available.

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    Have fun and learn!

    The refuge offers many different programs and events throughout the year. Check often to find an event for you.

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Current Education & Visitor Center Hours

Bloomington: 7 days a week 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.; Rapids Lake: Tuesday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

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Hunting Information

Sunrise duck hunt by USFWS

Attention hunters! You can find current information about hunting on the Refuge by visiting our Rules and Regulations page. Download a copy of our hunting brochure to take along with you too!

Refuge Rules and Regulations

Discover Minnesota Valley NWR

Discover Nature App

Download our refuge apps for Apple and Android to play our wildlife trivia game or learn about the refuge through virtual signs.

Nature at Your Fingertips
Recreation Passes

America the Beautiful Passes

Federal Lands Pass

Annual and Lifetime passes are in stock! Purchase your pass at our Bloomington visitor center to support Refuge visitor services projects and programs. (payment via cash or check only, identification required).

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About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System


The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America's fish, wildlife, and plants.

Learn more about the NWRS