Visit the Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge

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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

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

Volunteer

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

Education

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's Coming Up

Volunteering at Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge
Earth Day!

In honor of Earth Day, we invite volunteers to help us restore prairie and oak savanna ecosystems. During this event, volunteers will participate in a variety of stewardship activities. Scouts or other groups are welcome. A FREE lunch will be provided by the Friends of Neal Smith Nati

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Neal Smith NWR snowshoe hike
Snowshoe and Photo Hikes 12/28/13 through 2/22/14

During winter months, visitors of all ages are invited to use the Refuge’s adult and child size snowshoes for free, and join a ranger for a fun snowshoe hike! A minimum of 4″ of snow on the trail is required to use snowshoes; if there is not enough snow, a hike on foot wil

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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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Become a Member

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. We encourage you to renew your support or become a new member. Learn more

Volunteer

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 enthusiasm for volunteering and an interest in the tallgrass prairie. Learn more

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Friends of the Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge "Concert on the Prairie" Event 2013

Concert on the Prairie a Huge Success!

Thank you to all who joined us  for our Concert on the Prairie. It was  a lovely evening that celebrated music, art and nature. The Concert on the Prairie was performed on the beautiful open prairie at the Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge in Prairie City, Iowa. Many people turned their chairs

Snowshoe and Photo Hikes 12/28/13 through 2/22/14

Neal Smith NWR snowshoe hike

During winter months, visitors of all ages are invited to use the Refuge's adult and child size snowshoes for free, and join a ranger for a fun snowshoe hike! A minimum of 4" of snow on the trail is r.

Earth Day!

Volunteering at Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge

In honor of Earth Day, we invite volunteers to help us restore prairie and oak savanna ecosystems. During this event, volunteers will participate in a variety of stewardship activities. Scouts or othe.

Matching Gifts for Donations to the Friends

Dickcissel, Spiza americana at Neal Smith Wildlife Refuge

Matching Gifts for donations to the Friends

Does your employer have a matching gift program? Many companies offer charitable contribution programs that will match your donation to the Friend.