Public Programs

In response to CDC and local guidance for COVID-19, indoor programs and events have been suspended until further notice. Virtual and outdoor programs are listed below. 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 https://www.facebook.com/MNvalleyNWR/   

 

Click on the titles below to links for additional details

Family Programs

 

 

Luminary Night Hike

 
Friday, February 11, 6-9 p.m. 
Saturday, February 12 6-9 p.m.

Location: Old Cedar Avenue, 9551 Old Cedar Ave S, Bloomington, MN 55425 

Light up your night on a beautiful self-guided walk at the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge's Old Cedar Avenue Trailhead (9551 Old Cedar Ave S, Bloomington). Come enjoy the Refuge’s trails lit up with ice luminaries to guide you through the hike. This unique, after-dark experience on February 11 and 12 is free, entirely outdoors, and open to all ages. Other than these scheduled events, the refuge is closed after sunset.

Pre-registration is required to support COVID-19 safety guidelines. When signing up you will be registering for ONE time slot per vehicle. Registration Link: https://signup.com/go/rYOYjPp
 
A portion of the trail is ADA accessible. Dress appropriately for the weather. Portable toilets will be available. This event is being put on in partnership with the City of Bloomington Creative Placemaking Commission and the Community Outreach and Engagement Division. Contact Logan Sauer with any questions at logan_sauer@fws.gov or 612-759-8662.

 

Snowshoeing 101 Public Program

 
Sunday, January 9 and 16, 2-4 p.m.
Saturday, January 15 and 22, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

Location: Old Cedar Avenue, Meet at the Pavilion  (9551 Old Cedar Ave S, Bloomington, MN 55425)

Discover the excitement snowshoes add to winter hiking! Compare styles and practical considerations for ensuring an enjoyable snowshoe experience for the whole family.  Instruction will be followed by practice on your own or join in on a guided hike using refuge snowshoes. Instruction and the guided hike will take place regardless of snow conditions.  Open to all ages.
 
Register for this adventure at: https://signup.com/go/DTmxbrU.

 

Family Snowshoe Hike @ Rapids Lake Visitor Center

 
Saturday, January 15, 10-11 a.m. 
Saturday, February 19, 10-11 a.m. 

Location: Rapids Lake Visitor Center, 15865 Rapids Lake Rd, Carver, MN 55315

Discover the excitement snowshoes add to winter hiking! Compare styles and practical considerations for ensuring an enjoyable snowshoe experience for the whole family.  Instruction will be followed by practice on your own or join in on a guided hike using refuge snowshoes. Instruction and the guided hike will take place regardless of snow conditions.  Open to all ages.  Snowshoes provided for free. Dress warm and wear snow boots for warmth and appropriate snowshoe fit. No registration required.
 

Virtual Junior Duck Stamp Art Demonstration

 
Saturday, January 22, 10-11 a.m.
 
Meeting ID: 981 4175 1047
 
The Junior Duck Stamp Competition has been around for over 25 years and is a great way to for youth to connect with nature through science and art. Children in grades k-12 and families are encouraged to join us for a virtual waterfowl lesson followed by a brief tutorial on how to draw a duck and information on how to join the contest. Visit the Junior Duck Stamp Contest website for contest rules and details.

  


Bird Walks

 

Explore some of the best Refuge units for bird watching with Craig Mandel, Volunteer Refuge Naturalist. Birders of all skill levels are welcome. Bring binoculars, your favorite field guide and dress appropriately for the weather. Visit the Minnesota River Valley Audubon Chapter website for program dates.

 


Speaker Series

 

Audubon Speaker Series 

Hosted in collaboration with Minnesota River Valley Audubon Chapter (MRVAC). To receive updates and links for virtual presentations, please visit MRVAC.org to view or subscribe to their newsletters. 

Please check back for upcoming dates and times  

Minnesota Valley Refuge Friends Speaker Events

 
Please check back for upcoming dates and times

 



 

Visitor Center Special Exhibits

 
 
  • November 15 - December 31, 2021: 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.