Category Archives: Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge

Teacher Workshop at Trempealeau National Wildlife Refuge

When: Tuesday, April 16, 2019 9am-3pm
Where: Trempealeau National Wildlife Refuge: W28488 Refuge Rd, Trempealeau, WI 54661
Admission: $25

Would you like an opportunity to utilize a beautiful facility and resources, set in one of most scenic landscapes in Wisconsin for FREE? Trempealeau National Wildlife Refuge (Trempealeau NWR) staff encourage local teachers to take advantage of the refuge’s new Outdoor Wonders Learning Center (OWL) any time of year. All that is required of teachers is to attend a workshop to learn how to reserve the space and materials.

An upcoming workshop on Tues. April 16th will offer this opportunity, and more. In cooperation with National Geographic educators, Kelly Koller and Dave Landers, and the Wisconsin Green Schools Network, the Department of Public Instruction is offering a low cost workshop at Trempealeau National Wildlife Refuge. Teachers will become familiar with the new Standards for Social Studies and Environmental Literacy and Sustainability and will learn ways to build inquiry into student learning. Time will be provided in the workshop to integrate inquiry experiences into existing units of study. This workshop is open to all educators in any subject area.

The workshop will also qualify teachers for the Refuge Partner Teacher program. Refuge staff will go over supplies and lessons available for teachers to use, and how to reserve the Outdooor Wonders Learning Center (OWL) to use on their own. Sign up on-line! or call Victoria Rydberg at (608) 266-0419.

For more information, contact the La Crosse District Office at (608) 779-2399 or visit the Visitor Center, located at N5727 County Road Z, Onalaska, WI. Visitor center hours are Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. and Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (February – November.) The center is closed on Sundays and all Federal holidays. Information on the Refuge may also be found on the Refuge’s webpage:

Kids Ice Fishing Event

The annual Kid’s Ice Fishing Event co-sponsored by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Friends of the Refuge Headwaters is scheduled for Saturday, February 23, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. to noon at the McNally Boat Landing on Prairie Island Drive, Winona, MN. Children ages 6 through 13 and their families are invited to join… Continue Reading

Tree Planting Assistance Needed – Saturday, 11/10/18

Friends and Volunteers, Through a partnership with Audubon, Forester Andy Beebe will be planting bare root trees (little trees) and tree seeds near the Weaver Landing on Saturday, Nov 10 starting at 9:00 a.m.. A few students from Winona State University are assisting but more hands will make it go much quicker. If you are… Continue Reading

Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge Honors Volunteers

The Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife & Fish Refuge (Refuge) Winona offices recently honored volunteers and their guests at a volunteer recognition event.  During 2018, over 100 volunteers contributed more than 1,200 hours of service representing nearly $28,000. Volunteer activities included assisting with the Refuge booth at community functions, biological surveys, youth fishing days, river… Continue Reading

Trapping Permits Available

Availability of Trapping Permits for the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today that Refuge special use permits and trap tags for the 2018-2019 furbearer trapping season on the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge (Refuge) will be issued beginning October 9, 2018 at… Continue Reading

Volunteer Opportunity with Michelle Turton – 8-30

Wildlife Biologist Michelle Turton is looking for volunteers to come out this Thursday, August 30th to assist in a non-lethal rusty-patched bumble bee survey at Wabasha Prairie. This will be the last bumble bee survey of the year. Meet time is at 8:00am at the Winona District office and we will return to the office by 1:00pm.  Volunteer responsibilities will… Continue Reading

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