what is the event

Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge

Year Round Walk

SN: 117964 - 2021 / Y1782

when is the event

From Sat, Jan 2nd, 2021 to Dec 31st, 2021

Start box available: M-S 9-3:45; Sun. 12-3:45; Closed Major Holidays

where is the event

Prairie City, Iowa

The address/location to the Physical Start Box (PSB) for mapping services such as Google or Siri is as follows:

The Prairie Learning & Visitor Center, Prairie City, IA

WARNING: The map pin is for reference only and may not accurately indicate the start box location or the event start.

reasons to do the event

Special programs

None provided


Special programs that are applicable to all events or all walks are not shown to reduce clutter.

Long description

This walk is on trails of blacktop, gravel road, wood chips, and tall grass firebreak with small hills and tall grass natural prairie. Be aware the grass may be wet. Visit the Learning Center (free admission) to learn about the restoration of Iowa's natural prairies. Herds of Buffalo and Elk may be seen from the trails as they roam their vast fenced prairies. Closed major holidays. Pets are NOT allowed on the refuge. Learning Center hours: M-F 9 am to 3:45 pm, Sun noon-3:45. Check website for holiday closures fws.org

conditions for the event

Distance: 5k & 10k, Rating: 2B

Restrooms: No

Pets: No

Strollers: Hard

Wheelchairs: Hard


Everyone is encouraged to carry water. Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge patch is available at the Learning Center.

Awards and fees: IVV Credit Only

how to get to the event

Driving to the start box

From US Hwy 163, exit at Prairie City. Follow blacktop 4.5 miles to Learning Center. From I-80 take Exit 155 (Colfax) south on Hwy 17 eight miles to Prairie City.

event sponsor

Greater Des Moines Volkssport Assn. (AVA-0250)

Event website: iowaswalkingclub.org

point of contact

Click inside the box to send an email to the POC.