Public Programs

In response to CDC and local guidance for COVID-19, programs and events have been suspended and postponed. For more information, call 952-854-5900 or visit https://www.facebook.com/MNvalleyNWR/   

 

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Visitor Center Special Exhibits

Bloomington Visitor Center Art Gallery

  • Please check back for new exhibitions

Festivals and Community Events

Old Cedar Avenue Bridge Celebration  Saturday, September 26

 

    Family Programs

    Puppet Show Series (Bloomington), 10:30-11:30 a.m.

    • Saturday, January 25: On the Day You Were Born
    • Saturday, February 15: Dream of Owls
    • Saturday, March 28: Journey Home  (Postponed)
    • Saturday, April 25: El Zorro y El Cuy (The Fox and the Guinea Pig)  (Postponed)
    • Saturday, May 23: Minnesota Moths  (Postponed)
    • Saturday, September 19: Monarch Butterfly
    • Saturday, October 24: Skeletons in the Closet
    • Saturday, November 21: Loon's Song
    • Saturday, December 19: Shingibis and the Winter Maker
     

    Wildlife Watching Programs

    Bird Walks at Bass Ponds (Bloomington), 8-10:30 a.m.

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      Bird Walks at Bloomington Education and Visitor Center (Bloomington) 

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      Bird Walks at Rapids Lake Education and Visitor Center (Carver), 8-10:30 a.m.

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      Bird Walks at the Wilkie Unit (Shakopee), 8-10:30 a.m.

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        Bird Language, 9:15 a.m. – 1 p.m. 

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            Speaker Series

             

            Audubon Speaker Series, 7:30-8:30 p.m.

            Third Thursday of the month, September - June, in collaboration with the Minnesota River Valley Audubon Chapter

            • Thursday, March 26- Wolves and Cheetahs with Rob Schultz (Postponed)
            • Thursday, April 23- Waterbird Use of North Ottawa Impoundment with Christine Herwig (Postponed)

             World Migratory Bird Day Presentation 

            In collaboration with Urban Bird Collective
            • 7 p.m. - 8  p.m. Saturday, May 16- Nature, Birds, and People of Color in the Outdoors with Dudley Edmondson

            Workshops

              Photography Workshops with Don Tredinnick

              • 7 a.m. - 9 a.m. Saturday, February 15- Winter Wonderland Hike
              • 11 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. Sunday, April 26- Photographing Birds (Hosted online, RSVP required)
              • 10 a.m. - 11 a.m. Saturday, June 6- Photographing Wildflowers (Hosted online, RSVP required)