Photo Hike Saturday at the refuge

Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge is offering a February Photo Hike from 7 to 9 a.m. Saturday. This program is free and open to the public. Participants will meet inside the Prairie Learning Center at 7 a.m. for a brief orientation, including an overview of some common summer flowers and wildlife that might be seen. Photographers will then be guided on a walk through the winter prairie.

Amateur and professional photographers of all ages and skill levels are welcome. These hikes will be off the trails, so please come prepared. Bring your own camera equipment, comfortable shoes/boots, long pants, bug spray, water and your sense of wonder. Photographers will have the opportunity to participate in a photography exhibit at the Prairie Learning Center in November and December.

Sign up in advance by contacting Doreen Van Ryswyk at 515-994-3400 or

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