Friends of the Front Range Wildlife Refuges

The Friends of the Front Range Wildlife Refuges (FFRWR) is the only membership nonprofit organization focuses on the conservation, advocacy and funding needs of our largest local urban national wildlife refuges, the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) and the Rocky Flats NWR.

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Egli House Renovation

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Adults
Families
General population
Parents

Description

Donors may designate their donation to the ongoing work on the Egli House. The Egli House and garage, built in 1912, is the last remaining homestead on the Rocky Mountain Arsenal Wildlife Refuge. The property is listed as a historical site on by the State Historical Society. Our goal is to stabilize and improve the house to reflect the period of time it was built.

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Evidence of Program's Success

The Egli House received a new roof several years ago and we are working on raising funds to stabilize the garage.

GoWild Northeast Metro Coalition

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Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
Children (4-12 years)
Ethnic/Racial Minorities
Immigrants, Newcomers, Refuges
Young Adults (20-25 years)

Description

A coalition of 12 governments and nonprofits that endeavor to get youth into the outdoors. We focus on four neighborhoods, NW Aurora, NE Park Hill, Montbello, and Commerce City. The vision of the Generation Wild Northeast Metro Coalition is that every young person - wherever they live and regardless of resources - has abundant opportunities to connect and engage with the outdoors in ways that are inspirational, transformational, and meaningful to them and will cultivate a new generation of stewards of nature.

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Evidence of Program's Success

We are one of the most successful Great Outdoors Colorado-funded Generation Wild projects in Colorado. In the first three years (2017 to 2020), NEMC hosted 25% of all the programs and 21% of all paid jobs for youth of the 15 state-wide GOCO Generation Wild Programs. We received funding for another three years from GOCO starting on January 1, 2021.

Wheels to Wildlife

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Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)
Ethnic/Racial Minorities - General
Outdoor Recreationists
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged/Indigent
Wildlife Enthusiasts

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We provide transportation, usually school buses, to schools with a high percentage of free and reduced lunch students. The schools must apply for the transportation grants and the RMANWR will provide an educational experience/field trip for the youth.

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Evidence of Program's Success

We know that if we get the students to the RMANWR, they will find something to love - and our evidence of success is that we increase the number of buses and schools that we fund every year.

Volunteer Program

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Families
General Public
Outdoor Recreationists
Wildlife Enthusiasts

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Support of the USFWS volunteer program, whose members work integrally with the USFWS on assigned tasks associated with refuge operations, including:
-Volunteer Holiday Potluck
-Volunteer Appreciation Banquet.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Nature's Nest is open five days of week and is mostly staffed by volunteers. The volunteers rave about the interaction with the people visiting the RMANWR, especially the foreign visitors. Often there will be a conversation with a family from England about bison, bald eagles, and the other wonderful wildlife at the RMANWR.
Another great volunteer activity is hosting the annual July 4th celebration. Visitors at the event get to stay after dark (the Refuge usually closes at dark) and watch the fireworks from Dick's Sporting Goods Park. The Refuge is the best seat in the city!

Refuge Program Support

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Adults
Families
Outdoor Recreationists
Wildlife Enthusiasts

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Support of ongoing USFWS community programs, including:
-Junior Duck Stamp Competition
-July 4th Wild Walk and Fireworks Viewing
-Refuge Roundup
-Cameras in Action
-Fishing Frenzy
-Birding
-Photography
-Hiking (inside and outside the fence)
-Biking (trail outside the fence)
-Community outreach.

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Evidence of Program's Success

One of the greatest rewards of the program support is to see a youth or adult get excited about the Refuge. Seeing a ten year old take a picture of a burrowing owl or see a bison for the first time, is a great reward in itself.

Advocacy for And Education About Refuges

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Adults
Animals
General Public
Outdoor Recreationists
Wildlife Enthusiasts

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Advocacy for and education about USFWS projects and refuges, including:
-Discussion with legislators of refuge programs and staffing-emphasizing benefits they provide and shortfalls that hamper current operations and future enhancements
-Participation in RMA-NWR tours to explain resources and programs
-Presentations about RMA-NWR and RFNWR to service groups and others.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Although the number of visitors at the Refuge is growing, the FFRWR would like more visitors from Colorado. As part of the Next Generation Partners program of SCRGP, we took youth to the Refuge to learn about careers in natural resources. Several of the youth did not know that one can have a career in biology where you can study bison and eagle and more! It was exciting to see local youth have their eyes opened to greater possibilities. More youth deserve this type of expose to new and different careers.

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