Visit the Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge!

Visit the refuge any day from dawn to dusk. Drive through a 700-acre enclosed area to see bison and elk. The Visitor Center features an exhibit area, bookstore and movie theater.

Visit the Refuge!

Visit the Refuge

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

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Become a Member

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

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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

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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

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Friends of Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge | Prairie-Point-Bookstore

Visit the Prairie Point Bookstore!

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.

 Winter 2016-2017 Activity Guide Now Available

See our Winter 2016-2017 Activity Guide for classes, hikes, and special events!

Winter 2016-2017 Activity Guide


Neal Smith NWR snowshoe hike

Friends of Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge | 2016-2017 Winter Activity Guide


 Art Prints Available

in  the Prairie Point Bookstore

Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge


Friends of Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge | Maynard Reece Artwork








What Visitors Say

Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge in Winter

“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.” 

Monroe Fifth Grader, Naturalist - .


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The Fall 2016 Activity Guide Is Now Available

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