Events and Activities

PLC entrance

Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge has many events and activities throughout the year. All events are free and open to the public. Some require pre-registration. Some events are held annually, as well as many seasonal activities. Find some that you are interested in and join us!

  • Bison on the Prairie - Saturday, October 26

    Bison on the Prairie

    Join us for a short presentation on the history and management of the American
    Bison on Saturday, October 26, at 1:30 p.m.  Learn fun facts about bison in our Bison Room and take a guided walk along the ½- mile Overlook Trail to search for bison and elk herds while enjoying the prairie landscape. Please call to pre-register at 515/994-3400 or email Doreen_vanryswyk@fws.gov.
    Photo: Bison on snowy prairie by Doreen Van Ryswyk/USFWS  

  • November Nature Tots - Saturday, November 2

    Fluffy Milkweed by Patty Foster

    Children ages 3-5 are invited to bring their favorite adult on Saturday, November 2, at 10:30 a.m., and join us as we read stories, explore outside, make nature crafts, and much more! The topic for November is "Prairie Seed Harvest". Pre-registration is requested. To register or for more information, please call 515-994-3400 or email Doreen_vanryswyk@fws.gov.
    Photo: Fluffy milkweed by Patty Foster

  • Bison on the Prairie - Saturday, November 9

    Bison on the Prairie

    Join us for a short presentation on the history and management of the American Bison, on Saturday, November 9, at 1:30 p.m.  Learn fun facts about bison in our Bison Room and take a guided walk along the ½- mile Overlook Trail to search for bison and elk herds while enjoying the prairie landscape. Please call to pre-register at 515/994-3400 or email Doreen_vanryswyk@fws.gov.
    Photo: Bison herd on snowy prairie by Doreen Van Ryswyk/USFWS