Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge

The Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge is located in Jasper County, Iowa, east of Des Moines. The refuge was created in 1990 to recreate 8000 acres of tallgrass prairie and oak savanna. This unique endeavor is being carried out by dedicated staff and volunteers. Native Gardens with over 70 native plant species are being managed by the refuge staff with help of volunteers from the Friends of the Prairie. Several of these native plant species have been identified as being particularly useful for making phenological observations.

Learn more about the Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge and explore it with the Friends of the Prairie Learning Center.

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Big bluestem
Andropogon gerardii
Blue-eyed grass
Sisyrinchium campestre
Butterfly milkweed
Asclepias tuberosa
Creamy indigo
Baptisia bracteata
Koelaria cristata
Lead plant
Amorpha canescens
Prairie blazingstar
Liatris pychnostachya
Prairie phlox
Phlox pilosa
Rough blazingstar
Liatris aspera
Wild quinine
Parthenium integrifolium

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