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Dear friends! You are such a wonderful community and we love sharing nature stories with you. The gift shop at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center, Nature’s Nest, is closed for the next few weeks, at least. When it reopens, we will have an amazing inventory for you and a sparkling clean store!
Since we get much of our income to support the refuge from our store, please donate to FFRWR during this time, if possible. You can DONATE HERE.
Please enjoy the wildlife drive and the rest of the refuge and stay safe.
Thank you for your long term support! Together we help our beloved refuges!

Dear Friends of the Front Range Wildlife Refuges:

The last few weeks have been among the most challenging times we have ever faced. We hope that everyone is adjusting to the new reality and staying safe and healthy.

Our brave U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service employees are adjusting to the new mandates while keeping the visitors and wildlife safe at the refuges. Our wildlife are doing what they do in the spring – giving birth to new, little ones and reminding us that spring and renewal are here.

The refuges are open, although the Visitor Center at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge is closed until further notice. One of our most important income sources, the Nature’s Nest store in the Visitor Center, is also closed. In this time of great need, we must rely on generous donors such as yourselves, to provide much-needed resources for the refuges.

We greatly appreciate you remembering the Friends of the Front Range Wildlife Refuges in this time of increased need. Your generous donation will be put to good use, assisting staff with projects, helping with outreach and support, and providing support in a time when the federal government is greatly stretched.

We may be feeling anxious about our health and economy. In these times of stress, our refuges fill a need we all have – to get outside, relax, recharge and know the strengths we derive from nature. We have seen great acts of kindness across the refuges, from children picking up trash to social distancing with smiles while on trails. We believe all the challenges we face will bring us out of this crisis even stronger.

Thank you for your wonderful support now and going forward. We appreciate our generous community of supporters more than you know. We hope you stay well and keep in good spirits over the next weeks. And we hope to see you soon – 6 feet away – at the refuges.

Board of Directors, Friends of the Front Range Wildlife Refuges

Annual Membership Meeting

The FFRWR board have decided not to hold an in-person Annual Membership meeting this year, due to our current closures. We will conduct our business by email, with an on-line survey where you can vote for board members and the board leadership. Look for the email in your inbox in the next few weeks! Thank you for participating! Sincerely, FFRWR Board of Directors

FFRWR Emergency Declaration 4.23.2020

FFRWR is the host of a unique project – the GoWild Northeast Metro Coalition, funded by a grant from the Generation Wild program of Great Outdoors Colorado. Click here to find out more about Generation Wild and click here to find out more about GoWild Northeast Metro Coalition. The annual report of GoWild NEMC was just released and you can read it here.

If you could do one thing to help the environment, what would it be?
Save the highly endangered black-footed ferret?
Bring back large herds of bison to the prairie?
Teach school children how to love the outdoors?

The Friends of the Front Range Wildlife Refuges would love your support to help two national wildlife refuges that do ALL of the actions listed above. We need your support and membership! Please click here to buy a membership online or learn of other ways to give.

Have you bought your membership to the FFRWR for 2020? Please click here to support our work throughout 2020!


Big News!

Rocky-Mountain-Arsenal_54_990x660The Rocky Mountain Arsenal and Wildlife Refuge was voted the “Fourth (4th) Best Place to View Wildlife in the USA”!

Read more here

Enjoy & Support your Denver-metro Urban National Wildlife Refuges

The Friends of the Front Range Wildlife Refuges (FFRWR) is a membership community that supports the two largest national wildlife refuges in the Denver metro area–the Rocky Mountain Arsenal and the Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuges.

Through member events, communications, advocacy and fundraising, we support the refuges in

  • Conserving and restoring native habitat and wildlife
  • Giving the public opportunities to experience wildlife and nature near a major metropolitan area
  • Providing environmental education in partnership with families and schools

We also support the refuges by:

  • Keeping our congressional leaders and other Friends Groups informed about the successes and concerns of our refuges
  • Soliciting expertise, ideas, funds, and materials from the community to help make our local refuges outstanding

Ultimately, our vision is to create two refuges in which native wildlife and habitat are maintained in a healthy ecosystem that is rich and diverse and that contributes to the education and recreational enjoyment of people from all walks of life.

The beautiful photos you see are above were taken by wildlife photographer Dave Showalter at Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge. Roll over each image to see an expanded view of the site and the wildlife that calls the Refuge home.