During the summer of 2015, our entry road (Pacific St.) will be repaved. This construction will result in periodic closures of the entry road. Any closure will be clearly marked, and detour signs will point to an alternate route to the Prairie Learning and Visitor Center. Learn more about the detour here.
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
“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.”