Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge provides a unique experience for youth of all ages to learn about and observe wildlife in their natural habitat throughout the year. Its close proximity to the Denver metro area makes it an ideal destination for hands-on outdoor learning.
Curriculum-based Field Trips, Preschool - 5th Grade
Take your students on a field trip to a national wildlife refuge to view and learn about the wildlife and habitat anytime of the year. Each field trip is grade specific and correlated to Colorado Model Content Standards.
Field trips can accommodate up to 60 students and last approximately 3 hours. The Refuge requires a ratio of 1 adult to every 10 students. There are outdoor lunch facilities available for use. For a listing of this FREE programming, click here. For availability and scheduling, contact the Education Specialist at 303-289-0931.
Education Facility - Contact Station
The Contact Station is a FREE educational facility that provides educational groups with a self-guided classroom experience. It contains all the tools and resources needed and serves as a great gateway to the lakes and trail system of the Refuge. To view the resources at the Contact Station, click here.
Availability of the Contact Station is on a first-come, first-serve basis. It can be reserved from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm, Tuesday through Sunday. Groups may have up to 60 children but are required to have 1 adult for every 10 children. A refundable deposit of $50.00 will be required for all reservations to ensure care of the facility. For more information, contact the Education Specialist at 303-289-0931.
"Wheels to Wildlife" Transportation Grant
Is your school on a restricted travel budget? If so, you may qualify to apply for the “Wheels to Wildlife” transportation grant. Eligible schools are rated at 50% or higher enrollment in the “Free and Reduced Lunch Program” and must be scheduled for a Refuge field trip.
Grant applications are processed on a first-come, first-serve basis and are available until funds have been depleted for a semester grant cycle. The grants reimburse for transportation costs only. A school will not be awarded more than 2 grants per school year. For an application, click here. The transportation grant is made possible by the Friends of the Front Range Wildlife Refuges.
Can’t come here for a field trip? Bring a National Wildlife Refuge to your classroom for FREE. All programs are age specific, interactive and correlated to Colorado Model Content Standards. For a listing of programming, click here. For availability and scheduling, contact the Education Specialist at 303-289-0931.
The Contact Station is a great resource for scouts to conduct self-guided visits to achieve merit badges. The Wildlife Learning Lab inside the Contact Station provides numerous tools, activities, and resources to enhance your visit for badge requirements. For more information or to schedule the Contact Station, contact the Education Specialist at 303-289-0931. For details about the facility, please see the Education Facility - Contact Station information above.
Page Photo Credits Education Program at Lake Mary - © Rich Keen/DPRA, Environmental Education Program - Shannon Donnelly/USFWS, Contact Station - Emily Dommermuth/USFWS, School Bus Driving on the Refuge - Shannon Donnelly/USFWS, Classroom Program - Chelsey Joseph/USFWS, Contact Station Lab - Melissa Van Dreese/USFWS
Last Updated: Sep 20, 2013