Upcoming Events

Puddles the Blue Goose

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

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  • Earth Day

    Wild Turkeys by Kenny Bahr

    Join us to celebrate Earth Day on Saturday, April 21, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. - rain or shine! Earth Day is a great time to celebrate wildlife and learn more about our natural resources! This fun-filled free event is open to the public and will include opportunities to go on a guided nature hike, learn about local wildlife, call turkeys, learn about wildflowers and mushrooms, see birds through staffed spotting scopes, learn about pollinators and more! Be sure to stop by the Visitor Center to see the traveling 2018 Missouri Junior Duck Stamp display!

  • Summer Junior Naturalist Programs

    Dipnetting for Macroinvertebrates

    Looking for some outdoor fun for your family and young children this summer? Loess Bluffs National Wildlife Refuge will offer Summer Junior Naturalist Programs on the First Thursday of each month from June through August 2018 in the evening at different times. These fun and educational 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 on kids in Kindergarten through 6th grade. All programs will be outside; please dress appropriately, wear sturdy shoes, bring insect repellent, and a water bottle. Families are encouraged to join or a parent or legal guardian must accompany youth at all times. Please meet in the refuge auditorium before we start. All programs are free of charge! 2018 Junior Naturalist Programs

    Thursday, June 7 at 7:00 p.m.: Birds in the Bluffs! With a beginner's introduction to binoculars and bird sounds, we will be ready to have fun! Set off on a birding adventure that ends with a special conversation that ends with our resident owls on the prowl!

    Thursday, July 5 at 8:30 p.m.: Insect Curiosities! Join us for this exciting nighttime adventure as we dive into the world of entomology and learn about these creatures up close and personal. Here's your chance to explore the bluffs at night with a headlamp hike to see what we can find!

    Thursday, August 2 at 6:30 p.m.: Herpin' for Fun! Take a closer look at our reptiles and amphibians as we learn about scales, tails, and what it means to be cold-blooded! We will end with a wet outing into the refuge wetlands for more herping fun. Bring your families and we hope to see you out on the refuge!



  • Monarch Butterfly Tagging

    Monarch Butterfly Tag

    Join refuge staff and volunteers and help catch and tag monarch butterflies on Saturday, September 15, 2018 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.! Help collect native wildflower seed for future habitat restoration projects on the refuge. A brief introduction will be held at 8:30 a.m. in the refuge auditorium before going out on the refuge. Bring your own butterfly net, or borrow one of ours. Wear long pants, closed toe shoes, bring a water bottle to drink, and smiling faces! See you there!

  • Refuge Photo Contest

    2017 Best of Show: Female Belted Kingfisher with Carp by Mike Harvey

    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 6, 2019

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  • National Public Lands Day

    NPLD Monarch Tagging

    Come on out to the refuge to celebrate volunteerism with educational and fun activities! Join refuge staff and volunteers on September 29, 2018 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. to tag monarch butterflies and collect native wildflower seed for future habitat restoration projects on the refuge. A brief introduction will be held at 8:30 a.m. in the refuge auditorium prior to going out onto the refuge. Bring your own butterfly net, or borrow one of ours. Wear long pants, closed toe shoes, bring water to drink, and smiling faces! See you there!

  • Volunteer Work Days

    Volunteer Work Day

    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. Stay tuned for 2018 dates!

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  • National Wildlife Refuge Week


    Celebrate National Wildlife Refuge Week in 2018 from October 14th to 20th. 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

    Bird Banding Event

    Our annual Family Day event will take place on Saturday, October 20, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Learn about native Missouri wildlife, take a hike, drive around the refuge, make wildlife-themed arts and crafts, and more. Look for activities at the refuge headquarters, hiking trails, and along auto tour route.

  • Eagle Days

    Eagle Days

    Come out and celebrate the 40th annual Eagle Days at Loess Bluffs National Wildlife Refuge on Saturday, December 1, and Sunday, December 2, 2018. Events include live eagle shows, staffed spotting scope stations, guided bus tours, exhibits, activities, videos, and more. Dress appropriately to be outside and bring a camera and binoculars. All events are free! 

    2018 Loess Bluffs NWR Eagle Days Flyer

    Loess Bluffs NWR and Big Lake State Park Eagle Days Map