Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge

Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge information

Des Moines , USA
Hwy 163
E of Des Moines
+1 515 994 3400
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Mon-Sat 09:00-16:00, Sun 12:00-17:00, hours for Prairie Learning Center
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About 20 miles east of Des Moines, near Prairie City, this wonderful, 5000-acre wildlife refuge is the site of an unprecedented tallgrass reconstruction project. See the film and displays at the Prairie Learning Center to learn about the ecosystems that have vanished. Outside are herds of buffalo and elk, plus a 5-mile auto tour and 2-mile hiking trail.