Children ages 5 to 21
The Two Ponds National Wildlife Refuge is an ideal location for environmental education. However, there are no onsite facilities to provide seating or coverage from the outdoor elements. Our foundation is raising funds to build an Education Pavilion at Two Ponds.
The Education Pavilion will:
-Provide expanded learning experiences.
-Offer year round access to the wildlife refuge by offering seating and shelter from the elements.
-Allow volunteers and US Fish and Wildlife Service staff to enhance the experience of visitors to the wildlife refuge, including schoolchildren, Boy and Girl Scout troops, and local residents.
The pavilion is built and is:
The program will be a success when the pavilion is complete and is:
*Providing a facility for year-round environmental education.
*Providing expanded learning experiences.
*Providing numerous educational programs through hands on displays and information centers.
*Providing year round access during inclement weather and activities at the Refuge are not hindered.
*Providing a central location where volunteers and US Fish and Wildlife staff are available to enhance the educational and visitor experiences.
Children and Youth (infants - 19 years)
The Foundation launched its first major fund raising effort in 2000 and since then has raised over $250,000 from private donations, grants and in-kind contributions. These contributions have allowed our foundation to fund the construction of kiosks at the three refuge entrances, trail improvements, paving bricks, benches at the east entrance, and two pedestrian bridges over the canals.
The funds have also supported various environmental education projects, which include the prairie garden plantings with plant ID signs, a noxious weed brochure, interactive sketch table, a refuge tour brochure, and a traveling environment trunk which is used in schools throughout the Denver Metro area.
The Foundation also support the Federal Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest in Colorado, supports Arvada Trails Day and other onsite activities throughout the year.
The Foundation in partnership with the US Fish and Wildlife Service has provided funds that have supported environmental education, construction and maintenance of trails, enhanced entrances with kiosks and bridges to connect the upper and lower portions of the refuge.
The program has also supported more than 20 Eagle Scout projects.