What's Happening in April?
Spring returns to the prairie, with nesting birds, the first sprouting plants, warmer weather and April showers.
Seasons of the Refuge
Prairie Learning and Visitor Center
Learn about Neal Smith NWR! Open Mon-Sat 9am-4pm and Sun from 12pm-5pm. Closed most Federal holidays. Call ahead!
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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.