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Dear Friends, we have great news! We opened an online Nature’s Nest store for all those wonderful gifts that can only be purchased at the gift shop at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center.
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What do you love from Nature’s Nest?
Whether it be tee shirts, pins, or your favorite stuffed animal, please check us out!
Remember – all FFRWR members get 10% discount on all purchases from Nature’s Nest, so buy a membership before exploring our online store.
Please continue to come to the refuge to enjoy the Wildlife Drive, hiking trails, and bison. Stay safe and enjoy the holiday season!

The Board of Directors of the Friends of the Front Range Wildlife Refuges are very excited to propose the new Lake Mary Education Center! Visits to the refuge have exploded and there is greatly-increased demand for environmental education. The board proposes to repurpose the fifty-year-old Contact Station into a full service Education Center. Please read the attached report for all the details. Click here to see the full proposal.


CBS News

We are so proud to be highlighted on national news. Take two minutes and enjoy nature!
“CBS Sunday Morning takes us among the bison, rabbits and prairie dogs at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge in Commerce City, Colorado. Videographer: Michael Clark.”


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 Generation Wild 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 NEMC and click here to find out more about GOCO’s Generation Wild program.
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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!

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.