Scout Program

Neal Smith NWR recognizes that Scouts of America are integral partners that can help the Refuge reach its goals of creating an environmentally conscious youth and conserving and restoring native ecosystems. As a result, Neal Smith NWR offers a variety of stewardship and volunteer opportunities for scout groups as well as environmental education programs that are specifically geared for badge requirements.

Stewardship Programs:

Throughout the year, Neal Smith NWR has special events were groups such as Scouts are invited and needed to help us complete stewardship projects. These special events include:

  • Annual Butteffly Count
  • Monarch Madness
  • Public Lands Day/Bison Day
  • Ding Darling Day
  • Christmas Bird Count
  • Day of Service/MLK Day
  • Linking Girls to Lands
  • Earth Day

For more information on these and other events check the calendar.

Scout leaders can volunteer and coordinate their troops to do stewardship activities for the Refuge throughout the year. Stewardship activities change from season to season; examples include removing unwanted trees and brush, seed collection, seed cleaning, removing invasive species, trail maintenance, and planting seedlings. Eagle Scouts are also welcome to use the Refuge as a site for their culminating project.

Badge Programs:

Neal Smith NWR offers a variety of badge programs for scouts of all ages. Typically, badge programs are offered on weekends and last about 3 hours. Leaders can schedule a program on Saturdays from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm or an afternoon session  from 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm on Sundays. Please call and schedule a scout program at least 3 weeks in advance. Below is a list of badge programs:

Boy Scouts

  • Bear Scouts: Sharing Your World with Wildlife and Nature Crafts
  • Wolf Scouts: Birds and Your Living World
  • Webelos: Forester and Naturalist


P.O. Box 399
9981 Pacific St.
Prairie City, IA 50228
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The refuge roads and trails are open daily from dawn to dusk.

The Prairie Learning and Visitor Center is open year-round.
Regular Hours:
Sunday-Saturday from 9am-4pm

Winter hours:
December 1-February 28
Monday-Saturday from 9am-4pm; closed Sunday.

We are open on Memorial Day, the Fourth of July, and Labor Day; we are closed on all other Federal holidays.