Refuge offering free programs

Ron Hellbusch, The Outdoors Scene
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The Denver Metro Region is fortunate to have three adjacent National Wildlife Refuges. Most of the 545 refuges are typically relocated in more remote areas of our states. By contrast the local refuges are close to nearly 3 million urban dwellers, offering families and children the opportunity to study and enjoy the natural world of plants, flowers, birds, waterfowl and even bison herds in the midst of a peaceful and quiet environment free of urban traffic and noise.

The spring calendar of events at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge near Commerce City offer a wide variety of experiences. On March 16 visitors will learn how to identify the variety of waterfowl in our area. Game Days are set for March 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31 during which morning class guests will learn about birds, inspects, small animals and other refuge residents. On April 7, 14, 21 and 28 visitors will learn the skill of creating wildlife, plants and insects in the form of art. May offers a seven-mile biking tour to explore the depths of the refuge to hear and identify the sights and sounds of animals and birds.

Weekly “Wild Rides” for individuals or groups in the refuge bus provide free two-hour guided tours. Binoculars and cameras are recommended.

For experienced or novice anglers, Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge waters have some of the most productive fishing in the metro area. The 6th Annual Fishing Frenzy set for April 6 provides prizes and recognitions in different fishing categories. There will be information booths to learn about fish identification, fly tying and the species of fish commonly found in waters along the Front Range. This popular activity is the result of the partnering of the Commerce City Parks and Recreation, Bass Pro Shop and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Refuge and staff.

Call for more information and advance reservations for these free individual and family programs at 303-289-0930.

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