What We Do

Urban Wildlife Conservation Program

Two Ponds National Wildlife Refuge welcomes visitors from all walks of life, from near and far, to foster an appreciation for nature. As a flagship urban refuge, we strive to meaningfully engage with our communities and visitors, provide outdoor recreation opportunities to develop and enhance outdoor skills, cultivate a connection with land and wildlife conservation, improve accessibility and connect refuge lands to local communities, and be a community asset. 

School Programs

Teachers and home school educators, are you looking for a place where you can take your students to learn about native Colorado plants, wildlife, and conservation? Two Ponds National Wildlife Refuge offers several free, self-led and teacher-led activities available throughout the year. Call 303-289-0867 for more information and to schedule a field trip.  

Habitat Management and Restoration

Refuge staff use a variety of management and restoration techniques to enhance, restore, and monitor wildlife and habitat. Prescribed burns, biological controls, mowing, and planting native seed ensure a healthy and sustainable ecosystem.

Management and Conservation

Refuges deploy a host of scientifically sound management tools to address biological challenges. These tools span from active water management to wilderness character monitoring, all aimed at ensuring a balanced conservation approach to benefit both wildlife and people.  At this field station, our conservation toolbox includes:

  • Comprehensive Conservation Plan
  • Compatibility Determinations
  • Cultural Resources
  • Education and Outreach
  • Fire Management
  • Habitat Restoration
  • Human Dimensions
  • Invasive Species
  • Inventory and Monitoring
  • Law Enforcement
  • Recreation Management
  • Species Research 
  • Water Management
  • Wildlife Health

Our Services

Please contact Refuge Headquarters at Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge for details at 303-289-0232 or email twoponds@fws.gov for the following public services:

  • Special Use Permit Guided Trips
  • Special Use Permit - Commercial Photography

Law Enforcement

The Colorado Front Range National Wildlife Refuge Complex consists of Two Ponds National Wildlife Refuge, Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge, and Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge. The Complex is managed by the US Fish & Wildlife Service as part of the National Wildlife Refuge System. 

Refuge law enforcement is an integral part of protecting the people, property, and natural resources within the National Wildlife Refuge System. Federal wildlife officers combine the roles of conservation protection, traditional policing, emergency first response, and wildfire response to protect, serve, and educate the visiting public on the conservation efforts and the rules and regulations to protect wildlife and habitats. These roles are accomplished through partnership and trust of the public and cooperative efforts of other federal, state, and local agencies.

Laws and Regulations

Visitor safety and wildlife conservation are top priorities at the Colorado Front Range National Wildlife Refuge Complex. At times, sections of the Refuges may be closed on short notice due to wildlife needs, weather, or special projects. The Refuges are subject to federal, state, and local laws and regulations. To help make your visit safe and enjoyable, please visit the Laws and Regulations link below for details about how to enjoy and recreate responsibly at the Refuge.