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The Prairie in the Fall

Photo by Scott Sharkey

Registration is required for events marked with an asterisk (*).  Programs and events may be cancelled due to inclement weather.  For more information, call 952-854-5900.  

  • Butterfly Bike Along Event

    Friday, June 2
    6-8 p.m.
    Lake Nokomis 
    2401 E Minnehaha Parkway, Minneapolis, MN 55417

    Join Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge and Sara Dykman, aka the Butter Bike Lady, on June 2nd from 6-8 p.m. for a bike ride around Lake Nokomis.  

    Sara Dykman has been biking alongside the monarch butterflies as they migrate north from their wintering grounds in Mexico. Following the bike ride Sara will talk and share photos from her journey. Learn about her journey so far and why she is so passionate about the monarch butterfly.  

    This event is free and open to the public. Families are welcome; there will be plenty of activities to entertain all ages!

    Event Schedule
    6:15-6:45 Bike lake loop with Sara
    7-7:30 Presentation by Sara 
    7:30-8 Arts and crafts  

    *Several bikes will be on-hand for those who need a bike 

    To Follow Sara’s journey go to:

    For any questions about the event contact Samantha Herrick at 952-858-0725.

  • Bird Language*

    Saturday, June 3
    9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
    Bloomington Education and Visitor Center (Classroom A) 

    Join us as we gather on the slopes of the Minnesota River Valley to explore what the birds are telling us about our surroundings. We will split the time between the classroom and outdoors. Bring a notebook, pencils, and something to sit on outdoors. To register, visit: 

    Led by Jonathon Poppele and Donnie Phyillaier, Volunteer Refuge Naturalists 

  • Student Art Show Opening

    Saturday, June 3
    10:00 a.m. -2:00 p.m.
    Bloomington Education and Visitor Center

    Join us for the Opening of our Student Art Show highlighting works by students participating in our refuge Environmental Education programs.  The exhibit will run from June 1 through June 30 in the Refuge Gallery. 

    Artists will also be on hand to demonstrate their techniques and provide activities and information for art enthusiasts or budding artists.  Many have exhibited their work in the Refuge Gallery.  The event is FREE and open to the public so bring your family and friends. 

  • Become a Wildlife Detective

    Wednesday, June 21
    2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
    Oxboro Library (8801 Portland Ave S, Minneapolis)

    Join us at Oxboro Library to learn how to become a wildlife detective!

    Have you ever wanted to be a detective? Are you good at solving mysteries? Well now is the time to put your skills to good use. Learn how to identify the animals you have in your own neighborhood by investigating the clues they leave behind, spend time learning to walk like an animal and become an official wildlife detective!

    View flyer here.


  • Monarch Madness

    Wednesday, July 19
    2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
    Oxboro Library (8801 Portland Ave S, Minneapolis)

    Join us at Oxboro Library to learn how more about Monarchs!

    Monarchs are not only beautiful, they are also pretty incredible. Come learn about their unique life cycle and the amazing journey they take each year. Spend time crafting the monarch’s life cycle and take home seeds so you can start your very own monarch garden!!

    View flyer here.

Last Updated: May 23, 2017
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