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KidsPageHi kids!  Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge is an exciting place to explore the outdoors.  Check out the list of suggested activities below to help you get outside and enjoy YOUR National Wildlife Refuge!

Summer Camps

Nature Explorers Camp
June 20 - 24, 2016
9:00 a.m. - noon
Bloomington Education and Visitor Center

Start your summer off on the right foot....outdoors! Come join the "experts" at Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge for new ways to explore the nature all around you. Each day's activities are selected by participants. For children ages 8-12.

Registration: Starts May 3 - Click here to register!
There is NO cost to attend. 



Refuge Biology Camp
July 12, 13 and 14, 2016
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Bloomington Education and Visitor Center

Explore new areas of the refuge and take part in field-based science activities just like a refuge biologist. Conservation, stewardship and outdoor recreation activities will be part of each day’s theme. Past themes have included:

  • Traps and Tracks : Build a track “trap”. Create your own track identification key. Make a plaster track cast to take home.
  • Insects: Pull on a pair of waders and tromp through wetlands collecting insects and other life. Is this habitat healthy?
  • BIG Trees: Use GPS to locate, measure, and map the biggest trees on the refuge.
  • The Buzz on Pollinators: Build a bug hotel, monitor monarchs and other cool citizen science projects.

This camp is ONLY for students who just completed Grades 4, 5, or 6 in the 2015-2016 school year.

Registration: FULL   
If you would like your child added to the wait list please email the following information to Suzanne_Trapp@fws.govChild's name, age, parent contact phone number, and the name of the camp you are waiting to register for.

There is NO cost to attend. 


Refuge Recreation Camp
August 16, 17 and 18, 2016
9:00 - 3:00
Bloomington Education and Visitor Center

Discover the many exciting ways to explore YOUR National Wildlife Refuge. Conservation, stewardship, and outdoor recreation activities will be part of each day’s theme.

August 16: Archery
Discover how the refuge manages wildlife while learning how to properly use a bow and arrow. Then practice your skill at a variety of challenges.

August 17: Fishing
Learn the tips and tricks of fish behavior, knot tying, and casting. Fish and explore the water world!

August 18: Canoeing
Learn basic paddling skills while exploring the refuge on the backwater wetlands of the Minnesota River.

This camp is ONLY for students who just completed Grades 4, 5, or 6 in the 2015-2016 school year.

Registration: FULL   

If you would like your child added to the wait list please email the following information to Suzanne_Trapp@fws.govChild's name, age, parent contact phone number, and the name of the camp you are waiting to register for.

There is NO cost to attend. 

 

Check out a “Let’s Go Outside” backpack.  It contains fun items like bug jars, binoculars, and a magnifying lens.  Just ask a volunteer at the front desk and you can use it during your visit for FREE! 

Become a Junior Refuge Manager!  Earn a badge and certificate while you learn cool facts about the plants, birds, bugs, and other critters living on the refuge.  Download the activity booklet or pick one up at either visitor center.  Fill the booklet out and when you finish, you'll be a Junior Refuge Manager!

Junior Duck Stamp Program.  Learn about wetlands habitat and waterfowl conservation for students in kindergarten through high school. The program guides students, using scientific and wildlife observation principles, to communicate visually what they have learned through an entry into the Junior Duck Stamp art contest.  To learn about the Minnesota program, click here.

Nature Journals and Scavenger Hunts.  Download and print the activities listed below for your adventure at Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge.  Printed versions are also available at both of our visitor centers.

    Minnesota Valley NWR Trip Journal
    Animal Signs
    Bird Watching

Snowshoe, Bike, or Hike the Refuge! Discover the refuge in every season.  Both visitor centers have snowshoes you can borrow that fit the entire family.

Let’s Go Outside!  Check out the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s web site connecting people to nature for MORE fun ideas!

Junior Birder Program.  Learn about birds and protecting them through conservation challenges and activities.  Complete the booklet with a supervising adult to earn a Junior Birder patch.  Booklets are available at both of our visitor centers.

Last Updated: Jun 07, 2016
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