The FFRWR is part of a national movement to support National Wildlife Refuges across the USA. These “Friends” groups raise much-needed funds for education programs, habitat restoration, community partnership, and special outreach events. Here is the report on the many successes of the Friends groups across the country.
What has the Friends of the Front Range Wildlife Refuges accomplished in 2016?
We raised thousands of dollars, many through YOUR memberships (click here to become a member), to provide support to the Refuges. For example, we buy nature supplies (such as owl pellets) for environmental education programs; we fund American Sign Language interpreters for special programming; we support the annual volunteer luncheon to thank the wonderful Refuge volunteers; and much more!
In 2016, the FFRWR was part of a coalition of three cities, seven nonprofit organizations, and state and federal agencies that received $2.7M in grant funding to get more youth into the outdoors. Funding for the FFRWR will bring students from the four target neighborhoods (Commerce City, Northeast Park Hill, Montbello, and Northwest Aurora) to the RMANWR on school fields trips for free (all transportation costs covered by the grant). For more information see: http://www.goco.org/news/goco-names-first-6-pilot-communities-25m-inspire-initiative-get-more-kids-outdoors-more-often