What's happening in December?
In December, see the elk, short-eared owls and other winter wildlife.
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Prairie Learning and Visitor Center
Learn about Neal Smith NWR! Winter hours Mon-Sat 9-4;closed on Sunday. Closed on most Federal holidays. Call ahead!
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.
About the NWRS
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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A grassland specialist, this medium-sized owl can often be seen in winter and is easily identified by its characteristic floppy flight. Photo by Jason Murphy.