The Friends of Crane Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, Inc. is a non-profit group officially recognized by the state as of July 14th, 2006. Our purpose is to provide assistance and support for Refuge projects and educational programs. We work to raise public awareness of the Refuge, to create environmental learning opportunities, and to financially back those programs and projects through fund-raising activities. We promote a good relationship with the Refuge staff, our local communities, and the entire refuge system.

Our Mission
The Friends of Crane Meadows NWR believe that the Crane Meadows National Wildlife Refuge is a unique natural resource and that we can help the community develop a deeper appreciation and understanding of the Refuge and its mission.


Notice: The Platte River Trail will be closed to hiking Tuesday, October 11 through Thursday, October 13, 2016 for the annual Disabled Access Deer Hunt on Crane Meadows National Wildlife Refuge near Little Falls, MN.  The hunt will be Wednesday and Thursday but preparations for the hunt are being conducted on Tuesday.  We are sorry for the inconvenience but for public safety concerns the trail will be closed.  Thank you for your understanding and we hope you will be able to enjoy the trail after the hunt has concluded on Thursday.

Crane Meadows seeding part of big-picture restoration
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May Birdwalk – May 7th 2016
Are you interested in learning about birds and want to know what species can be found around Little Falls during the Spring migration? Join other birders lead by Milt Blomberg on Saturday, May 7 at Crane Meadows National Wildlife Refuge for a morning walk along the Platte River Trail. The event is sponsored by the Friends of Crane Meadows and is free and open to the public. The walk begins at 8:00 am at the Refuge Headquarters and will be about 2 hours long. Refreshments will be served at the end of the walk in the Refuge Shop. Wear your walking shoes and bring your binoculars. Loaner binoculars will be available if needed. Additional birding opportunities may be offered after the hike if there is interest. For more information call the Refuge Headquarters at 320-632-1575.

Habitat Day – March 12, 2016
Are you ready for the 16th annual Habitat Day at Crane Meadows National Wildlife Refuge? Participants may learn more about two avian species that use nest boxes, the bluebird and wood duck. You are encouraged to assemble a nest box to take home and place on your property. There are numerous exhibits and resource-oriented groups / organizations that cosponsor this annual event. Event runs from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm on March 12, 2016. Great family outing which is free and open to the public. Some cordless drills and philps screwheads are available at the Refuge, but participants can also bring their own. Weather permitting; snowshoes may be available for use. For more information call the Refuge Headquarters at 632-1575.

Thanks for your support!
November 12 is Give to the Max Day when donors have the opportunity to join thousands of donors as they pledge money to their favorite causes. Consider making Friends of Crane Meadows National Wildlife Refuge your favorite non-profit. The money raised helps the Friends support refuge programs, provide educational materials, and purchase recreational equipment designed to get families back outside. Help us to reconnect families with nature through Crane Meadows National Wildlife Refuge. Your donations are tax deductible as Friends of Crane Meadows is a 501-C-3 organization.
Our URL is: https://givemn.org/organization/Friends-Of-Crane-Meadows-Nationalwildlife-Refuge


Backyard Bird Feeding Day

The Natural Resources Club from Central Lakes College in Brainerd, the Friends of Crane Meadows, and Refuge staff are hosting a Backyard Winter Bird Feeding Day. The event is free and suited for the entire family. If you currently feed birds and would like to join those with similar interests or if you’re just interested in getting started, this event is for you. Winter can be long and most animals are scarce through the coldest months. Bird feeders can attract some life to your own backyard and make it a regular stopping point for wildlife. Materials will be provided for you to build a bird feeder to put in your yard. Most likely, if you build it they will come.

The bird feeding program will be held at Crane Meadows National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) in the heated shop area. The entire program will be held indoors on Saturday morning, December 12th from 9:00 am until noon. Feel free to stop in any time between those hours. Volunteers will be there to answer questions and help you assemble a feeder. The feeder is yours to keep along with sunflower seeds donated from area businesses. The number of feeders available is limited so there may be a restriction such as one per family.

The feeders will be screwed together, so feel free to bring your cordless drill with a #2 Philips screw bit. Drills will be available for use if you don’t have one. For more information contact the refuge at 320-632-1575.