Field Trips

Field Trips

Environmental Recovery: From Chemical Weapons to Urban Wildlife Refuge

Did you know that just 20 minutes from downtown Denver is one of the premier urban national wildlife refuges in the US? And that during World War II, the location was used to develop chemical weapons?

Don’t miss this educational field trip to Rocky Mountain Arsenal Wildlife Refuge (RMA) where you’ll learn about its unique history – how it survived the test of time and transitioned from farmland, to war-time manufacturing site, to one of the largest urban refuges in the country that now welcomes over 450,000 visitors annually.

Friends of the Front Range National Wildlife Refuges board members, Kip Cheroutes and Katherine Kramer, will take you on a guided wildlife viewing bus tour in search of bald eagles, hawks, bison, coyotes, deer, and more (make sure to pack your binoculars and we’ll have some available for participants to share). Plus, you’ll learn about the reintroduction of black-footed ferrets at RMA and have a chance to view this endangered and nocturnal animal up close by visiting RMA’s black-footed ferret exhibit.

Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge

Kip Cheroutes, top congressional aide to U.S. Representative Patricia Schroeder from 1978 – 1994 who supported efforts to clean up what became a Superfund site, will talk about the history of the wildlife-based land use solution to the cleanup and the 1990 legislation he helped conceive to turn the arsenal into an urban wildlife refuge managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Katherine Kramer, manager of the GoWild Northeast Metro Coalition, will share how they are helping 40,000 youth from the four neighboring diverse communities around the refuge connect and engage to the outdoors in ways that are inspirational, transformational, and meaningful.

The tour will also include a stop at the Visitor Center so you can explore the interactive exhibit hall and shop at Nature’s Nest Books and Gifts, managed by PLA member, Friends of the Front Range National Wildlife Refuges.

Date and Time: Sunday, February 24, 2019, 8:30am - 12pm

Price: $40 / person