Prairie Learning and Visitor Center Holiday Closures

Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge

Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge will begin its winter hours, effective December 1, 2019, through February 29, 2020. The Refuge Visitor Center will be closed on Sundays as a cost-savings measure due to low visitation during winter months. Seasonal hours are Monday through Saturday, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

In addition to being closed on Sundays, the Visitor Center will be closing at 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 24, and Tuesday, December 31. The Visitor Center will also be closed all day on Christmas Day, Wednesday, December 25, and New Year’s Day, Wednesday, January 1, 2020.

Visitors are welcome to use all walking trails and drive the Auto Tour every day from dawn to dusk. For information or questions, please contact Scott Gilje at 515-994-3400 or


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