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Members Reception

You’re invited! Thursday March 15, 2018! The Friends of the Front Range Wildlife Refuges invite you to a reception!

The Friends begin a public 2018 speaker series this spring. The theme is the past, present and future of the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge. The objectives? Introduce the Refuge to thousands of new Stapleton residents and share what the Friends of the Front Range Wildlife Refuges, a nonprofit organization, does for the Refuges.

If you are a member of the FFRWR (or if you want to become a member, sign up here) Please come at 5:00 to celebrate with wine, beer and light snacks.

When: Thursday March 25, 2018. Public event 5:30 – 7:00. Members only reception 5:00 – 5:30.
Where: Stapleton MCA Event Center, 8371 Northfield Blvd. North side of the Blvd, across from Macys.
Who: Interested public, FFRWR members, and our neighbors at Stapleton.
What: David Lucas, Refuge Manager for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, will introduce the refuge and its inhabitants. He will summarize the recreational and educational opportunities on this federally protected 27-square mile wildlife habitat.

Kip Cheroutes will tell 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 her 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.

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