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  • Fall on the prairie

    What's Happening in November?

    In November, the prairie turns rust-colored, seeds are abundant and the elk are easier to spot.

    Seasons of the Refuge

  • Short eared owl in ice

    Audubon Christmas Bird Count

    Join us on Saturday, January 2 to help collect important data about birds at Neal Smith NWR!

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  • Snowshoe Rotator

    Impromptu Snowshoe Hikes

    When snow falls, check our Facebook page for information on free ranger-led snowshoe hikes! Select Saturdays, 2-3pm, all ages!

  • Visitor Center Sign

    Prairie Learning and Visitor Center

    Learn all about Neal Smith NWR and shop in the bookstore! Open Monday-Saturday 9am-4pm, and Sunday 12-5pm; closed Federal holidays.

  • Senior Pass for Rotator

    Federal Recreation Passes Sold Here!

    We sell passes for other Federal recreation lands here. They are ONLY available Monday-Friday from 9am-4pm, excluding holidays.

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About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System


The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America’s fish, wildlife, and plants.

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Page Photo Credits — All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted.
Last Updated: Nov 20, 2015
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