Today’s Events

  • April 27, 2015 – Beginning Birding Class
    6:30 pm, Workshop

MRVAC Programs

March 26: Birds of Texas from Laura’s Big Year by Laura Erickson, author & speaker

April 23: Non-Feathered Reptiles of Minnesota by John Moriarty, Senior Manager of Wildlife, Three Rivers Park District

  • ~ April 27, 2015. 6:30 pm. Workshop: Beginning Birding Class
  • ~ May 9, 2015. All Day Event. Field Trip: Wood Lake Nature Center Birdathon: May 9
  • ~ May 16, 2015. 9:00 am. Family Outing: Bird Banding Programs at Carver Park Reserve

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.