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Fall Photo Hike planned for Sept. 21 at Neal Smith NWR

Published: Monday, Sept. 9, 2013 11:27 a.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, Sept. 9, 2013 11:59 a.m. CDT

The Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge will host its Fall Photo Hike from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 21.

The program is free and open to the public. A ranger will introduce fall subjects on the prairie and then will guide photographers to a few good photography spots. One location may be off-trail, so attendees should be prepared to fully experience the tallgrass prairie. Expect to see colorful fall blooms, interesting and varied seeds, insects, migrating monarchs, birds and hopefully our herd of bison.

Amateur and professional photographers of all ages and skill levels are welcome. Participants should bring their own camera equipment, comfortable shoes and a water bottle. Long pants and bug spray also are suggested. Photographers will have the opportunity to participate in an exhibit of their work in the refuge’s art gallery in October.

To register, conduct Megan Wandag at (515) 994-3400 or megan_wandag@fws.gov. Participants will meet at the Prairie Learning and Visitor Center at 8:30 a.m. for a brief orientation.