Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge
The National Wildlife Refuge System is committed to building partnerships which encourage conservation and protection of our natural and cultural resources. Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge works with multiple partners throughout the Minnesota River Valley.
Refuge Friends Inc supports the Partner School Program at the Refuge, which provides environmental education and interpretation lessons to students K-5th grade in the metro Area. The Blue Goose Bus Fund provides a free trip to the refuge for schools in need. These schools have over 50% of students needing free/reduced-cost lunch. They visit the refuge 3 times throughout the year, and get to experience and track the changes in nature through the seasons.
Refuge lands gradually increase through a unique partnership with the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge Trust, Inc. The Minnesota Valley Trust is acquiring new lands, which will be donated to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and managed by Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge.
Urban Wildlife Conservation Program
Refuge Friends Inc supports the Urban Wildlife Conservation Program in its mission to create a connected conservation community by encouraging that everyone has the opportunity to learn about, discover and enjoy the great outdoors.
The UWCP was launched at MN Valley National Wildlife Refuge in January of 2017. Since then, the program has been developing rapidly. With over 3 million Twin Cities residents, the UWCP has quite the grand audience. In order to create a sustainable conservation network in the Twin Cities, the UWCP is developing partnerships with organizations and community members engaged in urban outreach and environmental conservation.
For a sample of the current UWCP projects at Mn Valley, visit www.refugefriendsinc.org/projects.html
To review the 2017 assessment of the Urban Wildlife Conservation Program at MN Valley see this PDF: uwcp_2017_assessment.pdf