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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 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 bookstore 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.

Create a BUZZ in your Community with People for Pollinators!

We are asking schools, businesses, and places with common spaces around our community to partner with us and plant a pollinator garden. No matter what size space you have available we can all make a difference together!  Learn more about this exciting program and our native pollinators here.