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    What's Happening in January?

    While the plants are sleeping, some animals scurry about above and below the snow. Winter birds are active, and elk are easy to spot.

    Seasons of the Refuge

  • Interns Rotator

    Internships Available for 2015!

    Information and application instructions are now available for the 2015 season!

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  • Visitor Center Sign

    Prairie Learning and Visitor Center

    Learn all about Neal Smith NWR and shop in the bookstore! Winter hours from Dec. 1-Feb. 28 are Monday-Saturday 9am-4pm, closed Sunday.

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    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: Jan 15, 2015
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