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Two Ponds Preservation Foundation
P.O. Box 740748
Arvada, Colorado 80006-0748
To enrich lives and inspire wonder by providing an urban oasis for members of our extended community to learn about and fully experience our natural habitat.
Enable an immersive environmental education experience at the Two Ponds National Wildlife Refuge, fostering a lifelong love of nature.
The Foundation is supported by Scout Troops, several Jefferson County-based schools, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, Environmental Protection Agency, Colorado State Parks, Colorado Division of Wildlife, Great Outdoors Colorado, Arvada Chamber of Commerce, Arvada Young Professionals, City of Arvada and other partners to successfully complete many projects on the Refuge.
The Foundation launched its first major fund raising effort in 2000 and since then has raised over $80,000 from private donations, grants and in-kind contributions. These contributions have built kiosks at the three refuge entrances, trails, paving bricks, benches at the east entrance and the two pedestrian bridges over the canals. The funds have also supported environmental education projects including the prarie garden plantings with plant ID signs, a noxious weed brochure, interactive sketch table, a refuge tour brochure and a traveling environmental trunk which is used in schools throughout the metro area. The Foundation participates in the Federal Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest, Earth Day and ArvadaTrails Day, and is a member of the Arvada Chamber of Commerce.
The Foundation was instrumental in leading various efforts to preserve the land and ultimately secure an appropriation through Congress for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to purchase a small parcel onTwo Ponds. Over time, additional land parcels were purchased, preserved and maintained by the Service under the National Wildlife Refuge system. Read our full history by clicking on the article below.