Public Programs

Programs and events may be cancelled due to inclement weather. For more information, call 952-854-5900 or visit https://www.facebook.com/MNvalleyNWR/   

 


Visitor Center Special Exhibits

Bloomington Visitor Center Art Gallery

  • January 3-February 28, 2020- Artist Emily Donovan exhibition: "Migration and Motion"
  • 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Saturday, January 18- Artist Demonstration by Emily Donovan: Natural Dyes

Festivals and Community Events

  • Saturdays and Sundays, Jan 18-Feb 9

Family Programs

Puppet Show Series (Bloomington), 10:30-11:30 a.m.

  • Saturday, January 25: On the Day You Were Born
  • Saturday, February 15: Dream of Owls
  • Saturday, March 28: Journey Home
  • Saturday, April 25: El Zorro y El Cuy (The Fox and the Guinea Pig)
  • 10:30-11 a.m., Saturday, May 23: Minnesota Moths!
  • Saturday, September 19: Monarch Butterfly
  • Saturday, October 24: Skeletons in the Closet
  • Saturday, November 21: Loon's Song
  • Saturday, December 19: Shingibis and the Winter Maker
 

Wildlife Watching Events

Bird Walks at Bass Ponds (Bloomington), 8-10:30 a.m.

  • Monday, January 6
  • Saturday, January 18
  • Sunday, January 26
  • Saturday, February 1
  • Sunday, February 23

    Bird Walks at Bloomington Education and Visitor Center (Bloomington) 

    • Please check back for upcoming dates/times

    Bird Walks at Rapids Lake Education and Visitor Center (Carver), 8-10:30 a.m.

    • Please check back for upcoming dates/times

    Bird Walks at the Wilkie Unit (Shakopee), 8-10:30 a.m.

    • Saturday, February 22

      Bird Language, 9:15 a.m. – 1 p.m. 

      • Sunday, January 5

      LL Bean Outdoor Discovery Programs


        Speaker Series

        Audubon Speaker Series, 7:30-8:30 p.m.

         
        • Thursday, January 23- Minnesota Wildlife Tracking Project
        • Thursday, February 27- Bird Nests with Stan Tekeila

        Workshops

        Pollinator Art Shanty Workshops, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

        • Saturday, December 28:Mexican Long-nosed Bat Puppet Workshop
        • Saturday, January 4: Pollinator Headband and Helmet Workshop

        Photography Workshops with Don Tredinnick

        • 7-9 a.m. Saturday, February 15- Winter Wonderland Hike
        • 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Sunday, April 26- Photographing Birds
        • 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Sunday, May 31- Photographing Birds

        Birding 101 with Ranger Joel and LL Bean

         
        • 10-11 a.m. Saturday, December 14

        Tech Nature with NPS Ranger, Sharon Stiteler

        • 1-3 p.m. Saturday, December 14
        • 1-3 p.m. Saturday, January 18