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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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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              Speaker Series

              Audubon Speaker Series

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


                Workshops

                  Photography Workshops with Don Tredinnick

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                  Hunting and Fishing 

                   

                  Metro Bowhunters Resource Base Permit Hunt

                  • September 28 - 30, 2020
                  • October 26 - 28, 2020
                  • November 30 - December 2, 2020

                  A special archery hunt, sponsored by the Metro Bowhunters Resource Base (MBRB) will be held within the Long Meadow Lake and Bloomington Ferry Units.​ Hunters involved in urban hunts receive special training and must pass a proficiency test.  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 folks wear bright orange or pink during hunting seasons and require pets to be leashed at all times.  

                  For more information about hunting on the refuge, you can visit our hunting website at: https://www.fws.gov/refuge/Minnesota_Valley/hunting.html