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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Speaker Series

Audubon Speaker Series

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

  • Thursday, October 22, 2020, 7:00 p.m. via Zoom: The Love Lives of Birds, with Laura Erickson 
  • Thursday, November 19, 2020, 7:30 p.m. via Zoom: Bird Migrations, with Stan Tekiela

 


 

Festivals and Community Events

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    Visitor Center Special Exhibits

    Bloomington Visitor Center Art Gallery

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      Family Programs

       

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      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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              Workshops

                Photography Workshops with Don Tredinnick

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                Hunting and Fishing 

                 Minnesota Department of Natural Resources 2020 Special CWD Hunts

                • December 26-27, 2020
                • January 2-3, 2021

                A special hunt conducted by the Minnesota DNR will take place within the refuge during the above dates.  Areas impacted will include Wilkie Unit and Louisville Swamp Unit.  Visit the Minnesota DNR website for more information.  Hunters interested in more information on how to become involved should visit the MBRB website.  Hunters are not permitted to shoot on, from, across, or within 100 feet of any road, parking area, or designated trail. 

                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: https://www.fws.gov/refuge/Minnesota_Valley/hunting.html