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Thank you for attending the Friends of the Front Range Wildlife Refuges receptions for 2018!

The Friends began a public 2018 speaker series on March 15, 2018. The theme of the speaker series was the past, present and future of the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge. Through the speaker series, the FFRWR introduced the Refuge to hundreds of new and old neighbors!

The first event was with the Manager of the RMANWR, David Lucas, and FFRWR Board Member, Kip Cheroutes. At our reception in May, David Lucas introduced the Refuge and its inhabitants. He summarized the recreational and educational opportunities on this federally protected 27-square mile wildlife habitat.

Kip Cheroutes told the history of how the Refuge came to be. As staff aide to U.S. Rep. Patricia Schroeder from 1978 – 1994, he with many others, guided the transformation of the land from a U.S. Army arsenal to a wildlife refuge. The visitors center is named in Rep Schroeder’s honor.

The second event of the planned series discussed the history of the environmental remediation at the RMANWR with US Army engineer, Roberta Ober. The event was part of the Annual FFRWR Membership meeting and was held on Saturday, May 19, from 10:00 to Noon in the Visitor Center at the RMANWR.

The third event, on Thursday September 6, 2018, 6:00pm at the Stapleton MCA Event Center, concluded with reflections by Patricia Limerick of the University of Colorado’s Center of the American West. She shared her appreciation for the legacy of Colorado’s high plains that Stapleton and the Refuge share.

Read more about our Member’s Receptions here.

Gary BeasleyThank you for attending our 2018 Harvest Moon dinner. It was a lovely evening with great food and entertainment. Many thousands of dollars were raised to support the Refuges we love! Special congratulations to Gary Beasley who was awarded the Volunteer of the Year Award and to Navarro Engineering that received the Corporation of the Year! Special thanks to all who attended, those who volunteered, and those who donated and bought silent auction items. FFRWR thanks you, as do the eagles, ferrets, bison and others at the RMANWR!

Have you bought your membership to the FFRWR for 2018? Please click here to support our work throughout 2018!


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”!

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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.