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Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge

Information iconChildren enjoy a winter art festival celebrating pollinators at Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge. (Photo: Mara Koenig/USFWS)

Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge, an urban refuge along the Minnesota River in the Twin Cities area, is a beautiful place to enjoy invigorating outdoor recreation in winter. Learn More. 

Find a Refuge

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Explore our interactive map to discover wildife refuges near your home or travel destination. Search by Zip Code, state or refuge name.

Plan Your Visit

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    Wildlife Conservation

    Refuges deploy a host of scientifically sound management tools to address biological challenges. Tools range from water management to wilderness character monitoring.

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    Great Recreation

    Refuges offer people access to a range of popular activities that depend on thriving fish and wildlife populations. These include hunting, fishing, wildlife viewing, photography and education.

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    Part of Local Communities

    Through partnerships, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service leads the way in developing community-driven conservation solutions that reap ecological and economic benefits for fish, wildlife and people.

Get Involved

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    Volunteers

    Gain new experiences and meet new people while helping to advance wildlife conservation.

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    Friends

    Join neighbors in helping refuges restore habitat and expand access to green space.

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    Urban Communities

    Find out how urban residents can work with refuges to better their communities.

  • YOUTH at Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge

    Youth

    Explore paid and unpaid opportunities to develop leadership skills.

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Information icon American black bear at Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge in Maine. (Photo: Keith Ramos/USFWS)