Miles of trails radiate from the Visitor Center! Drive through a 700-acre enclosure and you may spot bison or elk! Thousands of visitors come each year and enjoy birding, hiking, biking, mushrooming, hunting, wildlife watching, and teacher workshops. We hope you’ll plan your visit today! Learn more
The power of a Friend’s group is its members. Get involved and become a steward of Iowa’s endangered tallgrass prairie ecosystem. We represent a variety of interests, talents and financial support allowing the Friends of Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge to meet its mission and goals. Learn more
The volunteer program is an active and vital part of Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge. Annually, dedicated volunteers contribute thousands of hours to assisting the Refuge with a wide variety of projects. Our volunteer program recruits people of all talents, ages and backgrounds who have an interest in the tallgrass prairie. Learn more
Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge staff provides environmental education programs for selected partner schools, partner teachers, and scout groups. Neal Smith NWR also offers field trip environmental education experiences for non-partner schools and teachers. Learn more
5:00 – Wine tasting hosted by Wines of Iowa, featuring Soldier Creek Winery, Ft. Dodge, IA.
6:00 – Dinner provided by Magg Family Catering
7:00 – Jon Stravers & Big Blue Sky Band
8:30 – Guided twilight walk on the Overlook Trail
Join us for a magical night of celebration with music, art and nature at the 3rd annual Concert on the Prairie at Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge!
Just 25 minutes east of Des Moines, this event brings together the Friends of Neal Smith NWR, Big Blue Sky band, and the exhibit Spirit of Place by artist Michael Wilson.
All proceeds from Concert on the Prairie, donations and a portion of art sales during the exhibit go toward the purchase of new educational displays in the Prairie Learning Center.
“What is a winter prairie? A winter prairie is fresh, cold and pretty. The landscape is filled with deep snow and dead plants but the beauty of it is fascinating. I feel peacefulness on the prairie. Animal prints follow my every step.”