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Minnesota Valley
National Wildlife Refuge

male wood duck on the water
3815 American Blvd. East
Bloomington, MN   55425
E-mail: minnesotavalley@fws.gov
Phone Number: 952-854-5900
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The refuge's wetlands provide habitat for waterfowl, such as this male wood duck.
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  Recreation and Education Opportunities

Environmental Education
The refuge offers enhanced environmental education opportunities for 4th - 6th grade students and for K - 6th grade students participating in the Partner Schools program. Programs with a wide range of wildlife, habitat, and natives topics and provide science-based natural world experiences that are tied to MN State Education Standards. Each program is unique and challenges all students to reflect on daily interactions with their natural environments, garnering increased respect for those environments. The refuge also has a resource library for educators, offering nature-related videos and educational trunks that can be used in the classroom.

Bank fishing is allowed along the Minnesota River and associated wetlands, in accordance with State regulations.

Certain areas are open to deer, waterfowl, small game, and turkey hunting. Contact the refuge for current regulations.

"Through interpretation, understanding, through understanding, appreciation; through appreciation, protection." Interpretation and environmental education were mandated by the refuge's establishing legislation. From slide shows given up and down the valley, to volunteers interacting with groups on the various refuge units, to non-personal interpretation provided by signs, brochures, and our website, our interpretive mandate remains: protect the refuge by acting as catalysts for interaction between people and the land because people only protect what they know and love. The Refuge Calendar of activities is listed on the refuge website.

Wildlife Observation
Refuge units are open to self-guided hikes to view and photograph wildlife. The refuge has two photo blinds which can be reserved through the website.

Refuge Headquarters - Open 7:30 am to 4:00 pm, Monday - Friday. Visitor Center - Open 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Tuesday - Sunday. Wildlife Trails - Open daily, dawn to dusk (year-round).

Entrance Fees
There is no entrance fee. Bus parking is available at the refuge visitor center and at some of the refuge units.

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