The Rocky Mountain Raptor Program (RMRP) started in 1979 as a veterinary student club rehabilitating a few injured raptors each year. From the first hawk cared for that year, 6,000 raptors have followed.
In 1987 as part of CSU, the RMRP hired its first Director, Judy Scherpelz. With Judy’s skilled leadership the RMRP grew to rehabilitate hundreds of injured raptors annually and grew the education program which provide hundreds of education programs and events annually.
The RMRP separated from CSU in 2004 and became its own 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. In 2005, in response to a need for more space, the RMRP purchased a 27-acre parcel of open space on East Vine Drive, north of downtown Fort Collins.
In 2006, the program built three major enclosures and leased a building at 720 East Vine Drive, which it occupied in January 2007. This temporary 8,000-square foot facility was a former woodworking shop and bottling plant. It continues to serve as our center of operations while we plan our future permanent facility.