Kirwin National Wildlife Refuge is a great place to see prairie wildlife. Early morning or just before sunset are the best times to observe wildlife. Bring Binoculars and quietly walk the Refuge. Other recreational activities such as photography, fishing, and hunting may be enjoyed at Kirwin NWR. Driving through the various habitats of the Refuge will provide an opportunity for viewing and photographing wildlife. Hiking is permitted throughout the Refuge, providing a closer look at wildlife. Bicyclists may ride on any roads open to vehicle travel. Please remember that the needs of wildlife come first on a national wildlife refuge.
A visitor center is located in the Refuge headquarters, including an interpretive exhibit that focuses on the wildlife and habitats of the Refuge. The Refuge visitor center is located 6 miles east of Glade, Kansas, on State Highway 9 and 1 mile south on 700 Road. Refuge staff is available to answer your questions or provide further information from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, except for holidays. Accessible restrooms are available at the headquarters. Information kiosks and three accessible restrooms are also located around the Refuge. Contact Refuge headquarters via telephone at (785)543-6673.
Interpretive Nature Trails
A one-half mile hard-surfaced wildlflower trail is located at Crappie Point on the south side of the Refuge. It loops through the grassland, and during the month of June, it is alive with a wonderful array of blooming wildflowers.
At Prairie Dog Town, you may enjoy a one-quarter mile trail through a prairie dog ecosystem. The prairie dog that is present on the Refuge is the black-tailed species, which, as the name indicates, has a black-tipped tail. These prairie dogs, the most abundant and widely distributed species, live in densely populated colonies or "towns," scattered across the Great Plains from northern Mexico to southern Canada. Benches are available along the paths to rest and enjoy the solitude of the refuge.
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This majestic bird of prey can be observed all year at Kirwin. A nesting pair of bald eagles has resided at the Kiln for the past 3 years.