• Kids with binoculars

    Environmental Educator Internships

    Gain experience in the outdoor classroom, leading kids in fun experiences in nature. Apply by July 15, 2018.

    2018-2019 School Year Teaching Internship Flyer

  • Old Cedar Bridge

    Old Cedar Closure

    The Old Cedar Avenue trail head is CLOSED to public access. Please do not enter the area or bypass closure signs to access the area.

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  • MN Bat Festival

    Batty about Bats

    Join us for the Minnesota Bat Festival July 14 and Bat Science Night July 13.

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  • Monarch - July

    Stop and Smell the Flowers

    Look for monarch butterflies honing in on your garden. Unlike the caterpillars which only eat milkweed, adults enjoy all kinds of flowers!

    Monarch Nectar Guides

  • Non lead slug

    Why switch ammunition?

    Lead exposure and poisoning occurs at high percentages in bald eagles found dead in the Midwest.

    Learn more about hunting with non-lead


Visitor Center Hours

The Bloomington Education and Visitor Center is open Tuesday-Sunday 9 a.m.-4 p.m. The Rapids Lake Education Center is closed during the summer and open to school groups September through May.

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Old Cedar Ave. Road Project

Old Cedar Ave Bridge

The contractor for the City of Bloomington has control of the Old Cedar Avenue parking lot and the road leading to it beyond the Bloomington Greenhouse. The contractor will continue progress on road construction, the comfort station, and parking lot renovation, and consider it an active construction site for the duration of the project, slated to last through November 2018.

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Recreation Passes

America the Beautiful Passes

Federal Lands Pass

Senior, Senior Annual, Annual, Military, Access, and Every Kid in a Park (4th Grade) passes are available at our Bloomington Visitor Center. (Cash or check only)

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About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System


The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America's fish, wildlife, and plants.

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