Hardware Ranch Wildlife Management Area is a working ranch with the mission of enhancing big game winter range and other critical habitats, thereby maintaining healthy rangelands for all wildlife. The Ranch also provides facilities and support for long-term wildlife and habitat research as well as increasing public awareness and personal stewardship through community outreach and education programs. The Wildlife Management Area promotes year round public access for watchable wildlife, hunting, fishing, and other outdoor recreation.
The visitor center at Hardware Ranch provides the public with an opportunity to learn more about elk and other wildlife through interactive exhibits and programs. Hardware Ranch also offers sleigh rides during the winter months.
Volunteer needs at Hardware Ranch include: Wagon and sleigh rides, nature/history interpretation, teaching school programs for elementary age kids, teaching senior programs, scheduling events, answering phones and staffing the information desk in the visitor center.