The Refuge opened a new Visitor Center in May 2011. This “green” building uses modern technology, while maximizing function and energy saving needs. Green features include solar arrays, ground source heat pumps, cork flooring, beetle-kill wood, and recycled asphalt.
When entering the lobby, visitors are greeted with soaring wooden-beamed ceilings leading to a large expanse of glass that offers spectacular views of the shortgrass prairie. A mounted bison bull, located in front of the exhibit hall, is a great stop for photographs. Interactive exhibitry takes visitors on a journey from past to present complete with soundscapes, mounted wildlife, and cultural artifacts. Nature’s Nest Books and Gifts, operated by Friends of the Front Range Wildlife Refuges, offers a variety of nature and guide books, nature games and activities, and unique seasonal merchandise.
To help you better enjoy your visit, stop by the Visitor Information Desk staffed by friendly, helpful volunteers and staff to answer questions, sign up for nature programs, and pick up a trail/Wildlife Drive map.
Around the corner from the lobby is a 72-seat auditorium with a large screen that provides the perfect location for guest lectures, nature programs, and viewing presentations and videos.
The colorful Discovery Room at the end of the building is full of seasonal wildlife activities, exploration, and arts and crafts, giving the young and young at heart a whole new perspective on learning about nature.
Spacious outdoor patios provide visitors with an opportunity to sit, relax, and take in the sights and sounds of nature. A fun photo stop allows visitors to "measure up" next to actual size wildlife silhouettes. The one-mile Legacy trailhead, located just off the back patio, connects visitors with the rest of the Refuge trail system.
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Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge was established, in part, to protect our national symbol, the bald eagle.