Our Mission & Vision

Birding in Denver and Much More!

ASGD Mission Statement

We advocate for the environment, connecting people with nature through conservation, education, and research.

ASGD Vision

To be a recognized leader in environmental education, conservation, and birding in the Greater Denver region.

For over 45 years, the Audubon Society of Greater Denver (ASGD) has educated and provided high quality, programs for over 100,000 children and adults, accomplished major conservation efforts to protect birds, other wildlife, and habitats, and funded over 37 research projects for non-game wildlife.

Education: ASGD provides natural science education programs for elementary, middle, and high school students throughout Greater Denver region, offering activities at schools and at the Audubon Center at Chatfield. These programs meet the new Colorado science standards. Home schools and boy/girl scouts also participate in our programs.

At the Audubon Center at Chatfield, our public programs for all ages cover a variety of topics, such as birds of Chatfield, wildflowers, insects, habitats, and general outdoor exploration. Events include HOOTenanny Owl Fest, Great Backyard Bird Count, Earth Day Volunteer Day, and our popular Bird Banding Month in May.

We offer local, national, and international field trips and travel opportunities for adults. Our focus is birds in the Denver region and beyond, other wildlife, and habitats, with the goal of providing an educational adventure beyond just a guided trip.

Adult classes include Beginning Birdwatching taught by Colorado’s foremost birders, Hugh and Urling Kingery, and for those interested in a more intense course, our Audubon Master Birder program offers classroom learning and field experiences over the course of a year. We also offer a year-long Audubon Naturalist training.

Conservation: Our Conservation Committee follows legislative activities and watches for projects or proposals that might adversely affect bird populations, other wildlife or habitats. ASGD has been instrumental in major victories, such as the creation of Barr Lake State Park, support for many open space acquisitions, helping found Great Outdoors Colorado, and the conversion of much of Rocky Mountain Arsenal to a national wildlife refuge. One of our current projects, Save Cahtfield, focuses on on the Chatfield Reallocation Project.

Research: Through the Lois Webster Fund, we support non-game wildlife research throughout Colorado.

Get Involved: There are many opportunities to get involved with ASGD! Join us on one of our field trips or public programs to explore nature and learn about the important work we do. Volunteer as a Naturalist with our school and public programs, or get involved with one of our hardworking committees. And of course, become a Friends Member!