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The Prairie in the Fall

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  • Bird Language

    Saturday, December 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: http://www.mntracking.org/.
    Donnie Phyillaier, Volunteer Refuge Naturalist

  • Nature Tots: Who Who's an Owl?

    Saturday, December 3rd
    10:00 - 11:00 AM
    Bloomington Education and Visitor Center

    Children ages 3-5 are invited to bring their favorite adult and join us as we read stories, explore outside, make nature crafts and more! This week we will be have a read aloud of Who Cooks for You? by the author, Katy Jo Turner, discover what owls eat and go for a short hike to try to call for them.

  • Off the Beaten Path Wildlife Trek

    Wednesday, December 28
    10:00-11:30 a.m.
    Bloomington Education and Visitor Center

    For endless opportunities to discover nature in its seasonal splendor, the national wildlife refuges are unsurpassed. Explore the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge in one of its finest seasons and sense the pulse of winter wildlife. Observe signs and sounds of the small and large year-round residents of Long Meadow Lake while burning calories on this winter discovery hike. Snowshoes provided, weather permitting.
    Judy Geck, Refuge Ranger

  • Winter Fun Day!

    Friday, December 30
    10:00 p.m - 4:00 p.m.
    Bloomington Education and Visitor Center

    Join us for a celebration of Winter!
    Come in and warm up or get outside and play! Fun, family-friendly activities to celebrate the season will be available ALL DAY! Indoor and outdoor games including some on snowshoes (weather dependent), crafts and movies, wildlife science and mind-bending trivia, puzzles, creative contests, and scavenger hunts are sure to keep your blood circulating. All equipment will be provided and it is FREE so we hope to see you here!

    Schedule of Activities:
    10:00, 11:00, 1:00, and 2:00 Story Time by the Fire: stories for preschool through third grade (Hearth Room)

    10:00-3:00 Indoor Activities: wildlife science, scavenger hunt, puzzles, birding basics, coloring and crafts

    10:00-11:00 Film: Animal Olympians (Auditorium)

    10:30-11:30 Outdoor Games (Patio)

    11:00-12:00 Film: Over the Hedge (Auditorium)

    12:00-1:00 Family Hike (Hillside Trail)

    1:00-2:00 Tracks, Scat, and all That-Hike (Hillside Trail)

    2:00-3:00 Documentary: Planet Earth: Ice Worlds (Auditorium)

    3:00-4:00 A Kick in the Head Poetry Contest: individual and group creations (Hearth Room)

  • Off the Beaten Path Wildlife Trek

    Saturday, December 31
    10:00-11:30 a.m.
    Bloomington Education and Visitor Center

    For endless opportunities to discover nature in its seasonal splendor, the national wildlife refuges are unsurpassed. Explore the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge in one of its finest seasons and sense the pulse of winter wildlife. Observe signs and sounds of the small and large year-round residents of Long Meadow Lake while burning calories on this winter discovery hike. Snowshoes provided, weather permitting.
    Judy Geck, Refuge Ranger

Last Updated: Nov 29, 2016
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