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 when social distancing is not possible, and within federal buildings.  For more information, call 952-854-5900 or visit   


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Family Programs

Bird Walks at Bass Ponds


Join us for a bird walk at Bass Ponds. Learn which species of birds use the refuge as a migratory stop and those that call the refuge home for the summer nesting season. 

Birders of all skill levels are welcome. Bring binoculars, your favorite field guide and dress appropriately for the weather. Led by Craig Mandel, Volunteer Refuge Naturalist. Reservations are not required. Click the linked title above for dates and times.

Speaker Series

Artist Presentations from the Confluence Gallery

Virtual artist talk with Mary Lingen: "Nature Walk" 
Thursday, August 5
6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Artist exhibitions and presentations are provided through a collaboration with Artistry and the Minnesota Valley Refuge FriendsVisit the Confluence Gallery webpage for details about this partnership, current exhibitions, and public programming.


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.

    Minnesota Valley Refuge Friends

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    Festivals and Community Events

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      Visitor Center Special Exhibits

      Confluence Art Gallery at the Bloomington Education and Visitor Center

      • 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"
      Due to COVID-19, Confluence Gallery is currently available by virtual showing only. Click the link above for more exhibition information.

        Hunting and Fishing 

        There are no current open hunting seasons at the refuge. Training of hunting dogs and target shooting are prohibited at all times. 

        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: