Public Programs

In response to CDC and local guidance for COVID-19, indoor programs and events have been suspended and postponed. Many online or virtual programs are planned. Per federal guidance, masks are required for all visitors on federal grounds and within federal buildings.  For more information, call 952-854-5900 or visit   


Click on the titles below to links for additional details

Family Programs


Artist Presentations from the Confluence Gallery

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Spring Community and Refuge Clean-ups

(Sign up required. Follow links below to register)

Speaker Series

Audubon Speaker Series

Third Thursday of the month, September - June, in collaboration with the Minnesota River Valley Audubon Chapter (MRVAC). To receive updates and links for virtual presentations, please visit to view or subscribe to their newsletters. Links will be sent out in a subscriber email closer to each meeting date. Feel free to share the link with others.

  • April 22, 2021, 7:30 PM: “Waterbird Use of the North Ottawa Impoundment”, Christine Herwig, Minnesota DNR. Christine Herwig, Assistant Regional Manager for Ecological and Water Resources in Minnesota's Northwest region, will discuss waterbird use at the North Ottawa Impoundment in Grant County, Minnesota. This impoundment was created to reduce flooding along the Red River but has a secondary benefit of providing habitat to birds. Christine will talk about the monitoring efforts and some of the rare and unusual species that have been observed. Visit for more information about birding outings and upcoming meetings and presentations. A meeting link will be sent out in a MRVAC email closer to each meeting date. Sign up for their newsletters to receive links and more information.

Minnesota Valley Refuge Friends

  • April 29, 2021, 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.: Bicycling with Butterflies with Sara Dykman. Learn all about Sara’s butterfly bike tour and the book she wrote about it. Click the heading above for more information, and register for the program here.



Festivals and Community Events

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    Visitor Center Special Exhibits

    Confluence Art Gallery at the Bloomington Education and Visitor Center

    Due to COVID-19, Confluence Gallery is currently available by virtual showing only. Click the link above for more exhibition information.
    • March 8 - April 30: Jodi Reeb, "Botanical Expressions"
    • May 10 - July 2: Amy Rice, "Swoop, There it is!"
    • July 12 - September 3: Mary Lingen, "Nature Walk"
    • September 13 - November 5: Naomi Hard, "A Common Thread"
    • November 15 - December 31: Ellen Sandbeck, "As Long as the River Shall Run"

      Hunting and Fishing 

      Spring turkey season in the state of Minnesota runs from April 14 - May 31.

      We encourage all trail users to take steps to be proactive about their safety. We recommend trail users wear bright orange or pink during hunting seasons and require pets to be leashed at all times.  Off trail travel is prohibited unless you are actively hunting in legal seasons.

      For more information about hunting on the refuge, you can visit our hunting website at: