National Wildlife Property Repository

Conserving America's Future

 

One central function of the National Wildlife Property Repository is education by informing the public, policy makers, media, educators, and students of the plight of imperiled species and the effects that illegal wildlife trafficking can have on their continued existence.

  • FThis boot was covered in suede in attempts to conceal its true material, caiman.. Credit: USFWS.

    Audubon Society of Greater Denver is pictured here in a group during their visit to the repository. Credit: USFWS.


  • The National Wildlife Property Repository houses nearly 1600 pairs of boots manufactured from many different animal skins such as crocodile, caiman, elephant, shark, stingray, pangolin, cobra, and sea turtle.. Credit: USFWS.

    World Rangers Conference is pictured here in a group during their visit to the repository. Credit: USFWS.

Schools and Educators

DISTANCE LEARNING—REPOSITORY VIRTUAL LEARNING

Teachers, community groups, and organizaions with a wildlife, conservation, and education mission: consider a live videoconference with the Repository staff and your classroom through our Virtual Learning Studio.

Explore the impact of wildlife trade on species around the world with a virtual tour and live videoconference from the National Wildlife Property Repository near Denver, Colorado! Your group will learn about the purpose of the Wildlife Repository and topics related to endangered species, wildlife conservation and trade, and careers through interactive and thought provoking discussion with Repository staff.

Our programs are aligned to meet national teaching standards are appropriate for students in middle school (6th grade) through high school.

Duration and Scheduling

  • Duration: 1 – 1.5 hours depending on the group
  • Group Size: We request at least 10 participants, smaller groups may be possible

Virtual programs are scheduled Monday – Friday between 8am and 3pm. Some weekends may be possible.

To inquire or request a program, please email Repository staff at nwpr@fws.gov.

Format

1. Welcome and Introduction to the Repository

2. What is Wildlife Trade and Wildlife Trafficking?

3. Virtual Tour the Repository

4. Careers with Wildlife

5. Questions from the Audience

Objectives

  • Engage in discussion about how to help endangered species around the world.
  • Develop an understanding about the wide range of use for wildlife as a natural resource.
  • Explain how the Office of Law Enforcement with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service helps conserve and protect wildlife around the world.

Standards Alignment

National Standards

  • MS-ESS3-3 Apply scientific principles to design a method for monitoring and minimizing a human impact on the environment
  • MS-ESS3-4 Construct an argument supported by evidence for how human population and per capita consumption of natural resources impact Earth’s systems
  • HS-LS2-7 Design, evaluate, and refine a solution for reducing the impacts of human activities on the environment and biodiversity.
  • HS-ETS1-1 Analyze a major global challenge to specify qualitative and quantitative criteria and constraints for solutions that account for societal needs and wants

CLASS FIELD VISIT TO THE REPOSITORY

Notice: The National Wildlife Property Repository will be undergoing facility construction and renovation to the collection in late 2020, anticipated through early 2022. This project will enhance our ability to provide resources for wildlife education and outreach.

During this time, we will be temporarily unable to schedule tours of the facility.

We will provide updates on this website when tour requests will reopen. In the meantime, please consider a distance learning program from the Repository Virtual Learning Studio!

Education groups and classes in the Denver Metro area may request a field visit to the Repository to learn more about wildlife trade, endangered species, and conservation of biodiversity. Our warehouse is located on the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge. The Repository is not open to the public, but does offer facility tours for community conservation organizations and education groups 6th grade and up.

Education Groups: Facility tours are appropriate for youth in middle school (6th grade) through college.

To inquire or request a tour please email the Education Specialist at nwpr@fws.gov.  Tours are scheduled Monday – Friday between 8am and 3pm. Some weekends may be possible.

Duration: 1 – 1.5 hours
Group Size: We can accommodate groups of up to 30 students

Please note we require a minimum 1 adult chaperone per 10 students.  Due to the nature of the facility and tour content we regret we cannot allow siblings or additional children under 12.

Conservation Groups: Facility tours are appropriate for community groups and organizations with a wildlife, conservation, or education mission. Please visit here for information for conservation and community partners. (link to jump to Facility Tours for conservation groups)

General Public: The Repository is not open to the general public, but we offer limited tours to the public on prescheduled dates. 

FACILITY TOURS FOR CONSERVATION GROUPS

Facility tours are appropriate for community groups and organizations with a wildlife, conservation, or education mission.

To inquire or request a tour please email a Wildlife Property Specialist at nwpr@fws.gov .  Tours are typically scheduled Monday – Friday between 8am and 3pm. Some weekends may be possible.

Duration: 1- 2 hours
Group Size: We can accommodate groups of up to 30 people

Due to the nature of the facility and tour content we regret we cannot allow children under 12.