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    • Second Saturday Stewardship

      Volunteers with seeds

      Join refuge volunteers as we work on seasonal projects to restore and reconstruct our native tallgrass prairie and oak savanna ecosystems! 

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    • Family Fun Hike - August 16 - All About Bison

      Ranger Hike Trail in Summer

      A ranger welcomes and leads visitors of all ages on a nature hike through the prairie. We will view and learn more about our herd of bison roaming the prairie. Pre-registration is required. Sign up by contacting Brianna Patrick by email at or phone at 515-994-3400.

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    • Monarch Madness - September 12, 2015

      Monarch Butterfly tagging

       Come help us collect and tag butterflies on their migration south through the refuge!Calling all citizen scientists! Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge is looking for volunteers to assist refuge staff in capturing, tagging, and releasing monarch butterflies. The tags help us, and the Monarch Watch program, learn more about these amazing insects' long migration to Mexico and back. Pre-registration is required, and limited to the first 100 participants. Register by calling 515-994-3400 or emailing Megan at

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Last Updated: Oct 19, 2011
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