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Upcoming Workshops

At Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge, we offer workshops that are ranger-led and we are also a host site for workshops, teacher development sessions, and nature-related enrichment activities. Please check this page often or call 952-858-0731 to set-up a workshop opportunity at the refuge.

Project Learning Tree (PLT) Training

Saturday, April 22nd, 9:00am-3:00pm
FREE -- Sponsored by Twin Cities Hoo Hoo Club

Looking for new way to engage your students in fun, engaging, and meaningful lessons? Learn with other educators as you explore and try out a variety of environmental education lessons that incorporate science, math, English language arts, and social studies! After completing this training, you will receive a PLT K-8 Activity Guide, 6 CEU's, and lunch!

Please visit the following link for further details about the training, how to register, and contact information:


 Project Wild and Aquatic Wild workshop 

Saturday, February 4th from 12:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge
3815 American Blvd E, Bloomington, MN 55425

Project WILD is an interdisciplinary conservation and environmental education program emphasizing wildlife. It provides dozens of fun, hands-on activities for learning about the outdoors.
Participants will receive:
Project WILD K-12 activity guide
Project WILD Aquatic K-12 activity guide
Minnesota WILD supplement
Great resources and door prizes

Please come prepared to be outside for up to an hour, weather permitting.

To request a registration form, or for questions, contact Jan Welsh:
E: (preferred) P: (651) 539-3317

Environmental Education Cohort

You are invited to join a dedicated group of educators focused on integrating and embedding environmental education and outdoor instruction into daily lessons. Join us for one Saturday morning session or as many as you can!

Refuge Staff are currently seeking VOLUNTEERS Interested in helping plan the 2016-17 EE Cohort Series. If you are interested please let us know. Go to http://

We are currently assembling a list of Environmental Education Mentors willing to share their expertise with a local teacher looking for help incorporating EE into their classroom teaching. For more information or to register as a mentor or as a mentee, call Suzanne Trapp at 952-361-4502.

In a Nutshell

What if you had access to your own, personal naturalist to discover the nature right outside your classroom door, the nearby park, or nature area?

Well you do, and it’s FREE! Refuge staff can help design a 90 minute workshop just right for you and your teaching team. Free lesson ideas, worksheets, and resource materials are included in each workshop.

A minimum of 20 educators are needed to schedule a workshop at your location. Dates and times are flexible. Refuge staff can provide topic suggestions if needed after previewing your site.

Here are a few theme suggestions:

1-2-3 Tree ID
Birds in Your Backyard
Water Critters
Wildlife Signs
Insect Investigations
Or (insert YOUR idea here)
To plan a session at your school, call Suzanne Trapp at 952-361-4502


Facts About Workshops

Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge facilitates and hosts a variety of workshops focusing on the environment. Please read details of each workshop carefully as registration and fees may vary.
Last Updated: Jan 17, 2017
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