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Refuge staff with children participating in an environmental education program at Lake Mary

 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.

  • Education Facility - Contact Station

    Inside lobby of the Contact Station showing exhibits

    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

    School bus driving on the Refuge

    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

  • Scouts

    Lab area inside the Contact Station showing hands-on activities

     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: Jan 13, 2014
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