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March 15th, 2011 - 8:30 pm § in Uncategorized

New Directors Emeritus Inducted

In his book “Dream Hunter”, former Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge Manager Ed Crozier tells how over 45 years ago he and fellow outsdoorsman Dick Duerre hiked in the Minnesota Valley and pipe-dreamed how someday it should be protected before it was filled in with trash from the Burnsville landfill.  With the benefit of hindsight, today we can see that their dream wasn’t unrealistic–indeed, they got a lot of other people to believe it and to do something about it to make it come true. 

Refuge Friends Inc Directors wanted to salute the past work of these two men and have named them “Directors Emeritus” of Refuge Friends Inc.  Ed and Dick are the first individuals recognized in this manner and we wish them well in their future endeavors to protect and preserve the Refuge and valley.


March 8th, 2011 - 9:37 pm § in Uncategorized

Eagle Nest Van Tours

Refuge Friends Inc announced the 2011 schedule of its popular Eagle Nest Van Tours. Outdoor lovers ride in a 4×4 van on Refuge trails or streets while a volunteer guide highlights natural and cultural history of the valley and searches for various wildlife sightings. The 90-120 minute tours lea[...]


March 8th, 2011 - 9:14 pm § in Uncategorized

“Making Connections”

As in the Story of the Starfish, the overwhelming job of helping all the kids who need help developing a connection with nature seems impossible until one considers it is enough to help just one child at a time and if many people cooperate, together we can make a difference. Read on for more.[...]


March 8th, 2011 - 8:52 pm § in Uncategorized

Help Kids Connect with Nature

The Second Annual No Kids Left Indoors Walleye Dinner and Auctions is Saturday April 9, 2011. See www.NoKidsLeftIndoors.com to purchase tickets or for further information about being a sponsor or to donate auction items. In 2010, NKLI donated $15,000 to help kids connect with nature through the Blue[...]


February 8th, 2011 - 3:49 pm § in Uncategorized

Mittens Needed

The entry at the MN Valley National Wildlife Refuge was packed with excited kids getting into snowpants and layers of caps, scarves and mittens on this 10 degree BELOW Zero morning.  They were eager to get outdoors in the sunshine and try their skills at snowshoeing on the abundant snow.  Alas, so[...]