Upcoming Events

Puddles the Blue Goose

Puddles is enjoying the view from one of several spotting scopes stations around the refuge.

  • Earth Day

    Lotus with raindrop

    Celebrate Earth Day on Thursday, April 22, 2021 by taking a drive around the ten mile auto tour or hiking the trails. Listen for songbirds, spot blooming flowers, and enjoy the beauty of your National Wildlife Refuge. 

  • Summer Junior Naturalist Programs

    Jr Naturalists Hike in Loess Hills

    Acting out of abundance of caution and for the safety of staff, volunteers, the community, and visitors, the 2020 Junior Naturalist Program has been cancelled. These fun, free, hands-on educational programs for school age children will continue in the summer of 2021. 






  • Monarch Butterfly Tagging

    Monarch Tagging 2019

    There will be no public monarch tagging this year as a result of Covid-19. However, monarch migration will be in full swing during the month of September. Come on out to the refuge to enjoy the monarch migration! Hike the trails or drive the auto tour. 

  • Refuge Photo Contest


    Enjoy nature and share the beauty, value, and uniqueness of Loess Bluffs National Wildlife Refuge through photography. Have you taken some great photos while enjoying the refuge? Snap a great picture of animals or plants native to Missouri? We want to see them! Enter them in the FREE Refuge Photo Contest! All photographs will be shared on the Loess Bluffs National Wildlife Refuge SmugMug page and winning photographs will be displayed throughout the year at the Visitor Center. Photo contest rules and entry forms can be found online or at the Visitor Center. 

    Deadline: 4:00 pm Friday, September 4, 2020 

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  • Volunteer Work Days

    Tree Planting

    Volunteer Work Days are held on select Saturdays in the spring and fall from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Join refuge staff and volunteers in various conservation projects such as wildflower seed collection, monarch tagging, trails work, and other refuge improvement projects. Bring a sack lunch, dress appropriately to be outside, and wear sturdy footwear. Protective gear and water will be provided. 


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  • National Wildlife Refuge Week


    Celebrate National Wildlife Refuge Week in 2020 from October 11th to 17th. Visit a National Wildlife Refuge and see what it has to offer! Take a drive on an auto tour, go for a hike, look for wildlife, and enjoy the scenery. The ten-mile Wild Goose Auto Tour and hiking trails are open from 30 minutes prior to sunrise to 30 minutes after sunset.

  • Family Day

    Kids viewing wildlife

    There will be no organized Family Day event this year out of abundance of caution for the safety of everyone involved. The refuge remains open during daylight hours. 


  • Eagle Days

    Eagle flying over wetland

    The 42nd Annual Eagle Days has been cancelled as a result of Covid-19. Bald eagles, snow geese, and other migratory birds are plentiful on the refuge during fall and early winter months. Bring your family and come on out to the refuge in your free time to enjoy the magnificent migration! Dress appropriately to be outside and bring a camera and binoculars.