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The Prairie in the Fall

Photo by Scott Sharkey

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  • Art Gallery: Adam Borgstahl Photographs

    December 6 through January 28
    Opening Event, Saturday, December 17th 10:00 - 12:00
    Bloomington Education and Visitor Center (Gallery)

    Nature provides many stunning moments, and a camera allows us to try and capture some of those. Adam Borgstahl’s photography began in a high school class. He loves taking photographs of wildlife and landscapes, especially around the great parks in Minnesota. When he is not working for Target Corporation he is an avid outdoorsman and loves trying to convey that into his pictures. He has done professional sports photography, photographs for County and State Parks, and is currently a photographer for the Minnesota Zoo.

  • Mid-winter Photo Hike

    Saturday, February 4
    8:00-10:00 a.m.
    Old Cedar Avenue

    Don't let the mid-winter blues get you down! Winter is a great time to get out with your camera and capture some great images. From this location we will have some great river views and, if we are lucky, maybe even spot some wildlife.

    This part of the refuge was just recently reopened. The past couple of years, the area has been under construction in order to renovate the old bridge. We will meet in the parking lot and then follow the trail looking for some interesting photo opportunities. With some luck we may even have some fresh snow.

    Make sure to dress warm. I like to tell people to dress like it is 20 degrees colder that the actual air temp.
    Don Tredinnick and Peter Berman, Volunteer Refuge Naturalists

  • Night Hike

    Thursday, February 9
    7:00-9:00 p.m.
    Bloomington Education and Visitor Center

    Daylight is in short supply in winter, however, wildlife uses the darkness to their advantage. Join rangers from Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge and the National Park Service for a special night hike where we will listen for signs of life like coyotes, owls, or rabbits. If there's snow, we'll use the refuge's snowshoes to to hit the trails and look for tracks. If skies are clear, we'll aim a scope at Jupiter and look at the moons. You never know what you will find at night, but it will be exciting! Spaces is limited for these hikes, please reserve your spot (through the Mississippi Park Connection) by visiting
    NPS Ranger Sharon Stiteler and FWS Ranger Judy Geck

  • Professional Art Evaluation and Art Gallery Opening: Outdoor Painters of Minnesota

    Outdoor Painters of Minnesota work available for viewing between February 1 - 28, 2017

    Gallery Opening and Professional Evaluation of Art on Saturday, February 11, 2017
    9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Richard Abraham Discussion and Demonstration of plein air (Auditorium)
    12:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. Member Lunch and Critiques (Classrooms and Gallery)

    Outdoor Painters of Minnesota is offering a workshop with Richard Abraham together with an exhibition of paintings at Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge. From 9-12, Richard will give a demonstration and presentation in the Auditorium. Following a Members Only Lunch at noon, Richard will critique participant's paintings, which will be be displayed in the gallery through February.

  • Tech Nature with Sharon Stiteler

    Saturday, February 18
    1:00-3:30 p.m.
    Bloomington Education and Visitor Center (Auditorium)

    There are a million apps available for smartphones and now there are many apps specifically for enjoying nature or engaging in citizen science projects. Join Ranger Sharon to learn more about how to find and identify wildlife, report your sightings and even take pictures and video all with the amazing smartphone in your pocket.
    NPS Ranger Sharon Stiteler

  • Digiscoping with Sharon Stiteler

    Saturday, March 11
    1:00-3:30 p.m.
    Bloomington Education and Visitor Center (Auditorium)

    Have you ever tried taking photos with a digital camera and spotting scope? It's a fun way to get wildlife photos using an SLR or smartphone camera. Join Ranger Sharon to learn more about this popular photography technique. You can try it out with her scope or if you have your own equipment, bring it along to get some pointers and tips. The bird feeders at the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center are a great place to practice.
    NPS Ranger Sharon Stiteler

Last Updated: Jan 17, 2017
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