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
We carry avast array of prairie literature, children’s books, non-fiction works, field guides, along with refuge t-shirts, artwork, postcards, toys, and Federal duck stamps.
See our Summer 2017 Activity Guide for classes, hikes, and special events!
Tom will explain how to choose and use various optics and will have a large variety of binoculars and spotting scopes for everyone to try. A guided bird walk will be offered. After the walk, refreshments will be served and Tom will do a photography presentation.
This event is free and open to everyone. Pre-registration would be appreciated so we know approximately how many people may attend. To register call Joan Van Gorp at 515/994-2918 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.SEE AND PRINT FLYER
Learn tools and strategies to reduce stress, increase a healthy balance and live from a place of mindfulness all while connecting to the amazing prairie at the Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge. There will be four day retreats offered that align with the seasons on the prairie. You are welcome to attend and enjoy one, two, three or all four day retreats. You decide what feels right and fits into your schedule.
All retreats are from 10:00am – 3:00pm.
The dates and themes are:
|Unframed - Maynard Reese||Price|
|The Family-Canada Geese||$125.00|
|Madison County Bridge||$150.00|
|Framed- Maynard Reece||Price|
|Dark Sky-Snow Geese||$250.00|
|Upland Series 4- Grouse||$225.00|
|Seasons End-Pheasants Forever||$100.00|
|Spring Passage-Pheasants Forever||$100.00|
|Back Forty Bobwhites-Anderson||$200|
|Back Forty Mallards-Anderson||$200|
|Back Forty Bucks-Anderson||$200|
“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.”