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 Friday, April 22, 2022 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


    Looking for some outdoor fun for your family and school-aged children this summer? The refuge is offering three Junior Naturalist programs on the third Thursday of June, July, and August. Programs will start at 6:30 PM. These fun programs will get kids outside and connect them with nature and wildlife through hands-on learning and experiences at a national wildlife refuge. All are welcome to attend but the programs will focus for kids Kindergarten through 6th grade. All programs will be outside; please dress appropriately to be outdoors, wear sturdy shoes, and bring insect repellent and plenty of water. Families are encouraged to join or a parent or legal guardian must accompany youth at all times. Please meet in the refuge outdoor classroom. All programs are free of charge.

    Stay tuned for the return of the Junior Naturalist Programs in Summer 2022!  



  • Monarch Butterfly Tagging

    Monarch Tagging 2019

    Important Update: There will be no public monarch tagging events in September 2021. 

    Each year, the refuge holds two public monarch butterfly tagging events. Bring the whole family to the refuge to participate in this citizen science activity! Help volunteers and staff capture and tag monarch butterflies to help track their migration. Meet at the refuge headquarters at 8:30 AM, wear closed-toe shoes and bring drinking water. 


  • 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 2, 2022 

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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 2022 from October 9th to 15th. 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

    To Be Determined. 


  • Eagle Days

    Eagle flying over wetland

    Join us for a modified Eagle Days event on Saturday, December 4th, 2021 from 9 AM to 3 PM. Come on out to the refuge and drive the auto tour or hike the trails. Learn about mammals, bald eagles, waterfowl, hunting, and so much more at interpretive stations staffed by volunteers around the auto tour. Look at wildlife through spotting scopes and participate in the Agents of Discovery program with Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC). Eagle Days self-guided auto tour brochures will be provided on both Saturday and Sunday, December 4th and 5th.  

    Tune in to one or both virtual live eagle shows. Dickerson Park Zoo will be hosting these virtual programs where participants will have an up close and personal view of live, rehabilitated eagles. The program will be followed by a Q&A session. 

    Virtual Eagle Shows:

    Tuesday, November 30th at 6:00 PM

    Friday, December 3rd at 6:00 PM

    Pre-registration is necessary to receive the program link. Register yourself or your family by logging onto mdc.mo.gov/events and searching "eagle show".