Shutdown Notice
Due to the lapse in federal appropriations, this website will not be updated until further notice. Where public access to refuge lands does not require the presence of a federal employee or contractor, activities on refuge lands will be allowed to continue on the same terms as before the appropriations lapse. Any entry onto Refuge System property during this period of federal government shutdown is at the visitor's sole risk. Please read this important updated message about the closure of National Wildlife Refuge System facilities during the shutdown, and refer to alerts posted on individual refuge websites for the status of visitor facilities and previously scheduled events that may still occur during the shutdown.

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General Information

Fun Fact

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Did you know that wetlands not only provide habitat for wildlife, but also help mitigate flooding by absorbing excess rain water?

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Turtle Day

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​On World Turtle Day, a local Friends group, Founders and Friends of Two Ponds NWR, held a contest to name the resident turtles on the Refuge. Holden Gillings won the contest by naming them Mo and Ethel. In addition to a gift certificate to Barnes and Noble and an official winning certificate, Holden's picture was taken with Refuge staff and Friends group president. His eager participation and passion for wildlife helped bring more awareness and appreciation for these wonderful reptiles. Mo and Ethel can often be seen poking their heads through the ponds or sunning themselves on a log at Two Ponds. Come visit them and their wildlife friends. Thank you Founders and Friends and the entire Gillings family!

Veteran's Walk

November 3, 2018 Veteran's Walk

Invite a Veteran on a walk to enjoy the natural landscape while reflecting upon our many freedoms, and say “Thank you” to those who served our country. Sponsored by Founders and Friends of Two Ponds NWR in partnership with Majestic View Nature Center, the Veterans Walk will begin at 9:00 am in the parking lot of the Two Ponds National Wildlife Refuge.

Duck Stamp

Colorado Junior Duck Stamp

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In 2018, Colorado approached a state record with over 550 students participating in the Colorado Junior Duck Stamp Conservation and Design Program - an environmental educational activity designed for all public, private, and home schooled students in grades K-12 to learn more about waterfowl and habitat conservation. Please participate today!

About the Complex

Rocky Mountain Arsenal

Two Ponds National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the Rocky Mountain Arsenal.

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About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System


The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America's fish, wildlife, and plants.

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