Monarch at Visitor Center by Joanna Gilkeson/USFWS
Temporary Parking Closure
Beginning Monday, March 27, the back parking area at the Bloomington Education and Visitor Center, above the Bluff Prairie Path, will be temporarily closed for maintenance activities. Refuge visitors can continue to use the main parking area for the Bloomington Education and Visitor Center.
Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge is a thriving urban refuge where nature connects people, communities and wildlife. Where diverse communities are welcomed through meaningful connections, educational opportunities and recreational experiences, while conserving wildlife habitat in the Minnesota River Valley.
Visitor Center Hours
Current Bloomington Education and Visitor Center Services:
Take a moment to learn about how Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge has been welcoming people of all backgrounds and abilities to experience quality hunting that’s within reach of the Twin Cities.
Half a century ago, the bald eagle was in danger of extinction. Conservationists helped lead a remarkable recovery, and in 2007 the bald eagle was removed from the federal list of threatened and endangered species. This article touches on why the bald eagle inspires the awe and respect that it does.
Next time you visit the Bloomington Visitor Center, stop by the Confluence Gallery to look at artwork inspired by nature, ecology, conservation, and the beauty of the Minnesota River Valley! Learn more about what is on display, as exhibits will rotate throughout the year.
With more than 45 miles of trails open to hiking, biking, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing, in the south metro you can easily find an adventure for all levels of experience. The Minnesota River Valley unfolds in front of you, and moments later you can find safe, quiet lands filled with wildlife. Visitors can easily find opportunities to try out fishing in ponds, lakes and the Minnesota River, and there are also portions of the refuge open for hunting.
See our Visit Us page to find out what the refuge has to offer, including:
The tallgrass prairie, floodplain forests and wetlands found within the refuge provide exceptional opportunities to find iconic and rare species of plants, birds, insects and freshwater mussels. Moments from the busy Twin Cities core you can find bald eagles, wood ducks, river otters, prairie skinks, and white-tailed deer. Endangered and threatened species such as the northern long-eared bat, rusty-patched bumblebee and rare freshwater mussels benefit from the protected habitats found throughout the refuge.
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