Today’s Events

  • May 25, 2015 – Maplewood State Park, June 25-26
    6:00 am, Road Trip

MRVAC Programs

May 21: Birds in Love by Steve Weston, MRVAC Vice President

June 4: Potluck Supper and Birding at Hyland Park Everyone Welcome!

  • ~ May 25, 2015. 6:00 am. Road Trip: Maplewood State Park, June 25-26
  • ~ May 30, 2015. 8:30 am. Field Trip: Louisville Swamp MN Valley NWR
  • ~ May 30, 2015. 9:00 am. Family Outing: Burnsville Native Plant Market
  • ~ June 1, 2015. 7:00 am. Field Trip: Murphy-Hanrehan Park Reserve
  • ~ June 4, 2015. 5:00 pm. MRVAC Program: MRVAC Potluck & Birding
  • ~ June 6, 2015. 8:30 am. Field Trip: Rapids Lake Unit – MVNWR Ed. Center
  • ~ June 7, 2015. 7:00 am. Field Trip: Dakota County Prairie Birds
  • ~ June 13, 2015. 8:00 am. Field Trip: Bird Watching Trek at Refuge: Black Dog Unit *
  • ~ June 14, 2015. 7:00 am. Field Trip: Cannon River Bottoms
  • ~ June 15, 2015. 8:00 am. Field Trip: Bird Watching Trek at Refuge: Louisville Swamp Unit
  • ~ June 16, 2015. All Day Event. Family Outing: Young Birder Summer Day Camp, June 16-19

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.