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 moreLearn 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 moreLearn 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 moreLearn 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 moreLearn More
Join us for a magical night of celebration with music, art and nature at the
4th 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, The Max Wellman Jazz Trio, and the Wildlife Art Show with Russ Duerksen.
The Max Wellman Jazz Trio
Vocalist, arranger, and writer, Max Wellman brings a fresh take to the stage with his own style that’s enticing music lovers across the country. Inspired by legends Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald, yet influenced by the contemporary sounds of Harry Connick Jr. and Michael Buble, this Des Moines showman provides a refreshing mix of jazz with the romantic and classical musical traditions of the Great American Songbook.
Wildlife Art Show with Russ Duerksen
Award winning wildlife artist Russ Duerksen captures the beauty of our natural world with a warmth that wraps around you, transporting one back to the days of discovering the outdoors. His work is truly inspired, reflecting a lifetime of exploration canoeing down a river, strolling through the woods or just walking along the railroad tracks of his boyhood home.
Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge
This year’s event includes a silent auction for specialty ‘Leopold’ benches. These benches, hand made especially for Concert on the Prairie, are of varying sizes and are inscribed with inspiring nature quotes.
All proceeds from Concert on the Prairie, donations and a portion of art sales during the exhibit support YOUR refuge through the Friends of Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge.
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.Prairie Point Bookstore
See our Spring 2016 Activity Guide for classes, hikes, and special events! Spring 2016 Activity Guide
“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.”