Minnesota Valley Refuge Friends

A nonprofit organization

$2,771 raised by 24 donors

55% complete

$5,000 Goal

Minnesota Valley Refuge Friends is the citizen support group of the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge. Headquartered in Bloomington, the Refuge continues for 70 miles along the Minnesota River to Henderson. 

Since its founding in 1976 by motivated residents, it has remained free and open to everyone.  With more than 46 miles of trails and two visitor centers, our Refuge is unique in its urban setting — tucked within the shadows of the Mall of America and the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport — and is within walking distance of public transit. 

Our Mission

Minnesota Valley Refuge Friends is dedicated to supporting the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge in its mission to "conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people." We do this by raising awareness, recruiting volunteers, and securing money for activities at the Refuge, including:

  • Environmental education activities that provide interns the opportunity to grow and develop as conservation leaders while teaching area grade school students about nature in nature;
  • Free transportation to and from the Refuge for schools through our Blue Goose Bus program;
  • Events at the Refuge, including the Minnesota Bat Festival, Latino Conservation Week, Bloomington Culture Fest, Urban National Wildlife Refuge Day; 

  • Clean up, invasive species removal, and native planting on Refuge lands; and

  • Friendly faces and support for visitors at Refuge information desks. 

Give to the Max Nov. 16 with a Match!

Your donation during Give to the Max will be matched throughout the day (see the top of the page to determine if we have a live match). Our goal this year is to raise $5,000. In return, you'll receive a subscription to Currents, our free monthly e-newsletter, access to activities and events, and, when the visitor centers reopen, a 10% discount on select merchandise at our Blufftop Nature Store. 

Thank you in advance for your support. We hope to see you soon at the Refuge!

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Minnesota Valley Refuge Friends

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3815 American Boulevard East
Bloomington, MN 55425



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