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September 23, 2012

Bison Day/National Public Lands Day at Neal Smith NWR set

Pella — Would you like to celebrate bison while volunteering to help the prairie that sustains them?  Then Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) would like to invite you for a day of stewardship and fun! On Saturday, September 29, 2012 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Neal Smith NWR will celebrate National Public Lands Day in conjunction with its annual Bison Day event.  The event is free and open to public of all ages.

The event will begin at the Prairie Learning Center with volunteer stewardship activities for National Public Lands Day from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.  National Public Lands Day is a national initiative that encourages federal agencies and volunteers to spend the day conducting stewardship activities on public lands. Neal Smith NWR needs volunteers of all ages to help collect seed from the native prairie plants.  No prior experience is necessary to volunteer; training will be provided. National Public Lands Days volunteers will be provided a free lunch, but must pre-register for the event by Wednesday, September 26 by contacting Megan Wandag at 515-994-3400 or  

Bison Day festivities kick off at 10 a.m. and will be ongoing throughout the day until 3 p.m. Bison Day activities include guided bus tours through the bison enclosure; archeological and Native American displays; a weaver’s guild demonstration; arts and crafts; games; and music. In addition, at 11 a.m., an Iowa State bison researcher, Peter Eyheralde, will present his research of the bison at Neal Smith NWR. Shortly following, at 1 p.m., Carol Kramer will share stories about her Ojibway heritage.   A bison chip throwing contest will complete the day’s activities with prizes for the winners. All of these activities are free and open to the public!   Bring your giving stewardship hearts, cheerful spirits, and a well-practiced throwing arm and we will see you!

For more information on the event, contact Michelle Garcia at 515-994-3400 or


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