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Two Ponds
National Wildlife Refuge

A U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service employee stands with several young students who are observing wildlife through binoculars.
9210 W. 80th Ave.
Arvada, CO   80003
E-mail: Seth_Beres@fws.gov
Phone Number: 303-289-0867
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People of all ages enjoy watching and learning about wildlife on refuges.
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  Recreation and Education Opportunities

Environmental Education
Two Ponds NWR offers educational opportunities for teachers and their students during the school year and is an ideal setting for outdoor classrooms and field trips during the spring and fall. The environmental education area is open for prearranged guided tours for groups of 10 or more. Wetland educational programs have been developed to provide urban students with staff and teacher-led programs in partnership with the Colorado Wildlife Federation. Reservations are required and programs are conducted at no charge.

There is no fishing at the Refuge.

There is no hunting at the Refuge.

A variety of interpretive signs and programs are available to visitors to enhance their visit to the Refuge. The Refuge trail system consists of hiking trails that travel through various habitats including wetlands, riparian woodlands, and prairie grasslands. A Refuge brochure and bird and mammal lists are available upon request. An interpretive kiosk provides visitors with information about trail locations, habitat, and wildlife viewing opportunities. Refuge staff and partnering organizations conduct seasonal interpretive programs for groups of 10 or more. The Refuge also hosts an annual special event to celebrate National Trails Week the first Saturday in June.

Wildlife Observation
Two Ponds NWR hosts more than 120 species of birds, mammals, reptiles, and amphibians. Throughout the seasons, visitors may see Swainson's and red-tailed hawks, bald and golden eagles, Bullock's orioles, kestrels, ducks, geese, warblers, foxes, and racoons. Special photography, bird, wetland, and plant tours can be arranged by contacting the Refuge staff.

Two Ponds NWR is divided into two areas. The prairie management area (west), which consists of 2 miles of trails, is open year-round from dawn to dusk. The environmental education are (east) which consists of ponds, kiosks, and 2 additional trail loops is open Tuesdays through Saturdays, 8am - 4pm, May through September. The Refuge is closed on all Federal holidays.

Entrance Fees
The Refuge does not charge an entrance fee.

Use Fees
The Refuge does not charge user fees (i.e., hunt fees, camping fees, boat launch, meeting rooms rental fees, auto tour fees, guided tour fees, etc.).
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