Refuge Friends Inc. (RFI) was formed about ten years ago in December 2006. Since then we have worked with the staff of the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge (MVNWR) and its various partners to connect people with nature through environmental education, outreach, partnerships and advocacy. Minnesota River Valley Audubon Chapter (MRVAC) is one of the outstanding Refuge Partners.

With the New Year, RFI begins a new decade and welcome Kelly Cain and Stephen Thomforde as our new President and Vice-President as well as several new Directors including Greg Burnes, MRVAC Liaison. Visit to see our new logo and details of our flagship programs.

RFI operates the Blufftop Nature Store; profits from sales are a primary source of revenue for the Blue Goose Bus Fund. MRVAC and RFI members are eligible for discounts on items purchased so shoppers can enhance their Refuge visit and save while helping kids.

Our most important role is building capacity for MVNWR’s Partner Schools/Teacher programming with surrounding schools. In 2015, over 1500 students learned about nature in the outdoor classrooms of the Refuge thanks to transportation support from the Blue Goose Bus Fund.

Watch for more RFI news next month.