Today’s Events

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

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

  • ~ March 6, 2015. All Day Event. Road Trip: Festival of Owls: Houston, MN, March 6-8
  • ~ March 7, 2015. All Day Event. Workshop: Aldo Leopold Weekend, March 7-8
  • ~ March 7, 2015. 8:00 am. Field Trip: Bird Watching Trek at Old Cedar Avenue Bridge
  • ~ March 8, 2015. All Day Event. Workshop: Aldo Leopold Weekend, March 7-8
  • ~ March 8, 2015. 10:00 am. Workshop: Planting for Pollinators
  • ~ March 14, 2015. 8:00 am. Field Trip: Bird Watching Trek at Old Cedar Avenue Bridge
  • ~ March 21, 2015. 8:00 am. Field Trip: Bird Watching Trek at Old Cedar Avenue Bridge
  • ~ March 21, 2015. 9:00 am. Family Outing: Bird Banding Programs at Carver Park Reserve
  • ~ March 21, 2015. 10:00 am. Family Outing: Annual Maple Syrup Day, Audubon Center of the North Woods
  • ~ March 23, 2015. 8:00 am. Field Trip: Bird Watching Trek at Old Cedar Avenue Bridge
  • ~ March 24, 2015. 4:30 pm. Field Trip: Tuesday Tour: Squish! at the Wilkie Unit
  • ~ March 26, 2015. 7:00 am. Family Outing: Southwestern Minnesota Birding Days, March 26-27
  • ~ March 30, 2015. 8:00 am. Field Trip: Bird Watching Trek at Old Cedar Avenue Bridge
  • ~ April 2, 2015. All Day Event. Field Trip: Ramsey County Birding Day
  • ~ April 5, 2015. 3:00 pm. Family Outing: Call of the Wild Film Fest at the Refuge

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.