Bison Day!

Neal Smith NWR Bison Day flyerBison Day at Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge

When: Saturday, September 27, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Where: Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge

Cost: FREE!

Take a step back in time at Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge’s Annual Bison Day! All ages are welcome to spend a day on the prairie and discover the wonders of North America’s largest land mammal. On Saturday, September 27, 2014, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Neal Smith NWR will celebrate the history of the bison and our country’s Native American heritage.  The event is free and open to the public of all ages.

Bison Day festivities kick off at 10:00 a.m. and will be ongoing throughout the day until 3:00 p.m.  Activities include arts and crafts, games, scavenger hunts, archeological and Native American displays, and a weaver’s guild demonstration. Participants will also enjoy hands-on activities including rope-making and a chance to learn flint knapping to craft an arrowhead. This year, John Price, Iowa native and author of Man Killed by Pheasant and Other Kinships, will also be providing book readings and signings! In addition, at 1:30 p.m., Iowa State University bison researcher, Peter Eyheralde, will present some of the interesting things he has learned about the bison at Neal Smith NWR.  A 2pm Bison Chip Toss contest will complete the day’s activities with prizes for each the winners.

All of these activities are free and open to the public!  Hot dog and bison burger lunches will be available for purchase. Be sure to bring along your sense of wonder, cheerful spirit, and a well-practiced throwing arm! We look forward to seeing you there!  For more information on the event, contact Megan Wandag at 515-994-3400 or

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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:
Monday-Saturday from 9am-4pm and Sunday 12-5pm

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.