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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

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    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 3:00 pm, Wednesday 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 will be required for all reservations to ensure care of the facility. For more information, contact the Education Specialist at 303-289-0931.

  • Classroom Programs

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    The Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge offers free classroom programs on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, and scheduling is based on staff availability. To make a reservation please call the Environmental Education Specialist at 303-289-0931.

    Prairie Life Cycles for Kindergarten (45 – 60 minutes)
    Students learn about the plants and animals of the prairie and how they grow up through hands-on activities. Students will compare how they grow to how animals and plants grow as well as understanding the growing stages of plants. They will also learn about the life cycle of the honeybee, the meadowlark, and the lady bug that live in the prairie.

    Discover Prairie Wildlife for 1st – 2nd Grade (45 to 60 minutes)
    Students learn about the plants and animals of the prairie and how they are adapted to survive in that habitat through hands-on activities. Students will also learn about the four components to a healthy habitat, what adaptation means, and see examples of prairie animal adaptations.

     

    Giants in the Grasslands for 3rd – 5th Grade (45 to 60 minutes)

    Students learn about bison, the largest land mammal in North America, and the prairie habitat through hands-on activities. Students will discover the adaptations bison have for the prairie habitat, learn about the different bison behaviors through observation, and investigate prairie grasses as they related to the bison and prairie habitat. They will also observe and learn the importance of a diverse and healthy prairie. 

  • Scouts

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    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 reserve 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, Contact Station - Emily Dommermuth/USFWS, Classroom Program - Chelsey Joseph/USFWS, Contact Station Lab - Melissa Van Dreese/USFWS
Last Updated: Dec 02, 2014
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