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Volunteers catching monarch butterflies


Volunteer at YOUR National Wildlife Refuge

People of all ages and backgrounds who want to help Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge accomplish our mission can volunteer by contacting the Volunteer Coordinator at 515-994-3400 or nealsmith@fws.gov. Volunteers help with a wide variety of projects, including seed collecting and cleaning, planting and transplanting seedlings, invasive plant monitoring and removal, trail maintenance, staffing the nature store and information desk, assisting with environmental education and interpretive programs, maintaining equipment and the grounds, assisting with office tasks, participating in Adopt-A-Trail, and helping at special events and Second Saturday Stewardship days. Opportunities range from just a few hours to long-term projects, taking place any day of the week. Individuals and groups are welcome. No experience is necessary.

Plant Native in Your Community!

Just like the refuge, you can help wildlife like pollinators by planting native prairie grasses and flowers in your community. You can learn more about planting native and pollinators here.