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Members Reception

On Thursday, March 15, 2018, the Friends of the Front Range Wildlife Refuges held their first in a series of receptions.

The theme of the speakers series is the past, present and future of the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge. The FFRWR wish to introduce the Refuge to thousands of new neighbors and share what the Friends of the Front Range Wildlife Refuges, a nonprofit organization, does for the Refuges.

Our next speaker series will be in May 2018. Watch here for more details!

At our reception in May, David Lucas, Refuge Manager for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 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 will preview summertime activities at the Refuge and will detail the history of the environmental remediation there. Check here for more details soon.

The third event, on Thursday September 6, 2018, will conclude with reflections by State Historian Patricia Limerick of the University of Colorado’s Center for The New West. She will share her appreciation for the legacy of Colorado’s high plains that Stapleton and the Refuge share.

For more information, contact Board Member Kip Cheroutes at