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Neal Smith NWR to host several programs Sunday

Prairie Wildflower Walk

Join volunteer naturalists at 10 a.m. Sunday at the Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge for a guided nature walk along the half mile paved Overlook Trail loop and learn about wildlife, wildflowers and management of the refuge. See the prairie in bloom, watch for birds and butterflies and find out about the bison and elks herds. Recommended for adults and children ages 12 and older accompanied by their favorite adult. We recommend wearing sturdy, closed-toe shoes, long pants and bring insect repellent, sunscreen, and drinking water. To register call 515-994-3400 or email

Junior Ranger Program at
Neal Smith NWR

Children ages 6-11 are invited to bring their favorite adult and join a refuge naturalist at the Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Sunday. The Junior Naturalist program will give students a chance to study science in nature, participate in reading, make a craft and search for wildlife up close. The topic for this month’s program will be “Discovering Bison.” The program is free and open to the public.

Junior Ranger programs are educational experiences that are especially designed for young learners. Programs focus on engaging children in the outdoors by using hands-on and interactive activities. To register or if you have questions, contact Doreen Van Ryswyk at 515-994-3400 or

July Photo Hike

Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge will host the July Photo Hike from 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday. This program is free and open to the public. Participants will meet at the Prairie Learning Center at 6:50 p.m. sharp before leaving for a specified area on the Refuge.

Amateur and professional photographers of all ages and skill levels are welcome. Bring your camera equipment, comfortable closed-toe shoes/boots, long pants, insect repellent, a water bottle and your sense of wonder. Weather permitting, be prepared to go off the walking trails. In case of inclement weather, the Photo Hike will be canceled. Check Facebook for any cancellations.

Registration is required. Sign up in advance by contacting Doreen Van Ryswyk at 515-994-3400 or

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