Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice
Although most refuge lands and outdoor spaces have remained open for the public to enjoy, we ask that you recreate responsibly.

  • Check alerts and local conditions on this website and call ahead for current information. Operations vary based on local public health conditions.
  • Consistent with CDC recommendations, all visitors (age 2 and older), who are fully vaccinated are required to wear a mask inside of federal buildings in areas of substantial or high community transmission.. All visitors who are not fully vaccinated must continue to wear masks indoors and in crowded outdoor spaces.
  • Most importantly, stay home if you feel sick and continue to watch for symptoms of COVID-19 and follow CDC guidance on how to protect yourself and others.


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    Confluence Art Gallery

    New virtual art exhibition available for viewing through December 31, 2021 by artist Ellen Sandbeck.

    Click to view the gallery

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    Beginning Birding Walks

    Join volunteer ranger Craig for bird walks that explore some of the best Refuge units for bird watching during the fall season.

    Bird Walks Information

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    Nature Play Area is open!

    Learn more about the new Nature Play Area at the Old Cedar Avenue trail head

    Nature Play Area


Visitor Center Hours

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Meet us at our Visitor Centers! Staff will be available to assist visitors outside while our buildings remain closed. Check the link below for hours.

Click for more information

Round Lake Unit Updates

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The Refuge remains engaged in the clean up of the former Twin Cities Army Ammunition Plant at Round Lake.

Round Lake Unit Management and Restoration

America the Beautiful Passes

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Senior Annual and Lifetime, Annual, Military, Access, and Every Kid Outdoors (4th Grade) passes are available at the Bloomington Visitor Center.

More information

Hunting Information

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Attention hunters! You can find current information about hunting at Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge by visiting our hunting webpage. Download a copy of our hunting brochure to take along with you too!

Hunting Information
Maintenance Projects

Construction and Maintenance Projects

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Throughout 2021-2022 there are numerous construction and maintenance projects that will impact Refuge trails and buildings. Visit the Construction and Maintenance webpage for more information.

Construction and Maintenance Projects

Job Opportunities

Job Opportunities

In the Field

Would you like to gain real work experience in a professional setting to support a thriving urban refuge where nature connects people, communities, and wildlife? We're looking to grow our team in partnership with Minnesota Valley Trust. Now accepting applications.

Job Opportunities

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.

Learn more about the NWRS