Today’s Events

No events today, but take a look below to see what's coming up.

MRVAC Programs

Thursday, March 27, 7:00 pm Tales from Laura's Big Year by Laura Erickson

Thursday, April 24, 7:00 pm What's the Buzz About Native Bees? by Crystal Boyd, MN DNR

  • ~ April 24, 2014. 7:00 pm. MRVAC Program: What's the Buzz About Native Bees?
  • ~ April 25, 2014. 6:00 am. Road Trip: McLeod County Birding Day
  • ~ April 26, 2014. 7:00 am. Road Trip: 39th Annual Salt Lake Birding Weekend
  • ~ April 26, 2014. 7:00 am. Field Trip: Bird Watching Trek, Old Cedar Avenue Bridge
  • ~ April 28, 2014. 6:30 pm. Workshop: Beginning Bird Class (Hopkins Community Education)
  • ~ April 29, 2014. 7:00 am. Field Trip: Bird Watching Trek, Rapids Lake Education and Visitor Center
  • ~ May 6, 2014. 6:30 pm. Meeting: Environmental Action Committee (EAC)
  • ~ June 3, 2014. 6:30 pm. Meeting: Environmental Action Committee (EAC)
  • ~ July 1, 2014. 6:30 pm. Meeting: Environmental Action Committee (EAC)
  • ~ August 5, 2014. 6:30 pm. Meeting: Environmental Action Committee (EAC)
  • ~ September 2, 2014. 6:30 pm. Meeting: Environmental Action Committee (EAC)
  • ~ October 7, 2014. 6:30 pm. Meeting: Environmental Action Committee (EAC)
  • ~ November 4, 2014. 6:30 pm. Meeting: Environmental Action Committee (EAC)
  • ~ December 2, 2014. 6:30 pm. Meeting: Environmental Action Committee (EAC)

Trailhead Locations

Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge, Bloomington

Visitor Centers

  • Bloomington Visitor Center (Bloomington): Trail maps, Hillside Trail, interpretive and education exhibits, auditorium with wildlife videos, art gallery, observation platform, Blufftop Bookshop.

Wetland Management Districts (PDF trail maps)

  • Long Meadow Lake (Bloomington): Bass ponds, Old Cedar Avenue, Russell A. Sorenson Landing (Lyndale Ave.)
  • Bloomington Ferry (Bloomington): Floodplain forests and wetlands.
  • Black Dog Preserve (Burnsville): Calcarious fen and native prairie.
  • Wilkie (Shakopee): Marshes, bottomland hardwood forest and three lakes. Great Blue Heron rookery.
  • Upgrala (Shakopee/Eden Prairie): Proposed refuge area. Closed to public.
  • Chaska (Between Chaska and Carver): Marsh-edged lake, old farm fields and floodplain forest. Edge habitat.
  • Louisville Swamp (Shakopee): Old fields, prairie remnants, oak savanna, floodplain forest, and stone farmsteads.

Nine Mile Creek Bluff Prairie

From I-35W, exit at 106th Street, go West to Morgan Avenue. Turn Left (South) on Morgan and continue to the Life Church parking lot. If you are late or wish to visit another time, you can go around the church on the right to a large lawn area. Cross the lawn to the back right to get to the trail. Follow the trail until you come to openings in the woods. The first area is savanna. Next, at the top of the bluff, is the prairie and Pasque flowers.