Today’s Events

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

MRVAC Programs

September 25: Red-headed Woodpecker: Past, present & future by Chet Meyers.

October 23: Birder Murder . . . Revealed! by Jan Dunlap.

  • ~ September 25, 2014. 7:00 pm. MRVAC Program: Red-headed Woodpeckers: Past, present and future
  • ~ October 7, 2014. 6:30 pm. Meeting: Environmental Action Committee (EAC)
  • ~ October 23, 2014. 7:00 pm. MRVAC Program: Birder Murder . . . Revealed!
  • ~ 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.