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OUR MISSION
is to bring together the public and a thriving wildlife refuge valued by all
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WE ENVISION
a partnership that promotes awareness, support, education and appreciation for the natural ecosystems of the Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge
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WELCOME TO FRIENDS OF NEAL SMITH NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE

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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!

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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.

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VOLUNTEER

The Friends of Neal Smith volunteer program is an active and vital part of Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge. Our volunteer program recruits people of all talents, ages and backgrounds who have an interest in the tallgrass prairie.

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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.

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VISIT THE PRAIRIE POINT NATURE STORE

Friends of Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge Prairie Point Nature Store

We carry a vast array of prairie literature, children’s books, non-fiction works, field guides, along with refuge t-shirts, artwork, postcards, toys, and Federal duck stamps.

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NATURE ART PRINTS AVAILABLE

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SEASONS OF WELLBEING ON THE PRAIRIE RETREATS

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DATES AND RETREATS

All retreats are from 10:00am – 3:00pm

Summer: Saturday, July 8, 2017 (past)
“The Nature Connection of Wellbeing”

Fall: Saturday, October 7, 2017
“The Mindfulness of Wellbeing”

Winter: Saturday, February 10, 2018
“The Balance of Wellbeing”

Spring: Saturday, April 14, 2018
“The Gifts of Wellbeing”

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.

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DOWNLOAD OUR ACTIVITY GUIDE

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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.” 

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Seasons of Wellbeing on the Prairie - Day Retreats

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