Snowshoeing Hike

Interpretive programs include monthly public programs and special events.  All interpretive programs are free of charge and open to the public.  Any age may attend, unless otherwise noted.  Pre-registration is recommended for all activities; you may register by calling 515-994-3400 or emailing 

On the first Saturday of each month from 10:30-11:30 am, we offer a Nature Tots program for 3-5 year olds, introducing them to outdoor exploration and focusing on a seasonal topic.

Stewardship volunteer projects are scheduled on the second Saturday of every month from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. All ages are welcome, however, children under the age of 18 must have a parent or legal guardian sign a volunteer agreement in order for them to volunteer.

Scout volunteer projects, including Eagle Scout projects, are also available. Please contact for more information.

Self-guided boy and girl scout groups are welcome to use the Refuge for badge programs. We ask that these visits are scheduled using our online registration. If interested, they may note what badge they are working toward to request a refuge badge lesson plan (if available). Equipment and classroom space can also be requested while registering. An introduction for the group can also be requested but will be granted based on staff availability. 

Annual special events include Earth Day, Monarch Madness, Bison Day, Ding Darling Day, and the Christmas Bird Count.  Many special events include a volunteer project and are especially popular with scout groups.  See this year's scheduled events on our Facebook page