Things To Do at the Audubon Center at Chatfield

Family Programs

Attend family classes and activities


Mother’s Day Bird Banding BreakfastJunco Bird Banding Small

Saturday & Sunday, May 10-11, 9-11am            

Treat your mother to a one-of-a-kind experience the whole family will enjoy. After a light continental breakfast, enjoy a leisurely spring hike and a visit to our popular Bird Banding Station. Enjoy seeing songbirds up-close as they migrate through the South Platte River corridor. Hikes leave from the Audubon Center approximately every half hour.  This event has become so popular we’ve expanded it to 2 days!

Meeting Place: Audubon Center at Chatfield (11280 Waterton Rd. Littleton CO 80128)

Registration required: Mothers Free! $15 additional adult/ $8 child




Bird Banding Station Open Yellow Breasted 2 by Linda Covnot cropped

April 26-June 1 (station closed May 2-3) 8am-12pm

Visitors watch research in action and see warblers, sparrows, woodpeckers, thrushes, and other songbirds up close at Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory’s bird banding research station. The Audubon Center is open Saturdays & Sundays, 8am-12pm on the above dates to greet you and guide you to the station. Easy to moderate walking required on flat trails.

Meeting Place: Audubon Center at Chatfield

Registration NOT required. However, if the station is busy, there may be timed sessions. Group visits over 10 people are available by reservation only. Please contact to register your group. 



Walk the Wetlands

First Sunday of Every Month

Sunday April 6 at 8am

Sunday May 4 at 8am

(Walk the Wetlands begins at 8am April through September, and at 9am October through March)

Walk along the South Platte River exploring ponds and habitats for resident and migrant birds as the season dictates. We always have a surprise! This is a great opportunity to learn about the birds of the Denver area. Dress for the weather and wear sunscreen. Bring binoculars, field guides, water and a snack.
BBFGWS,** (a scope and field guide if you have them); We can lend you binoculars and field guides if you don’t have them

**You may now download the Chatfield Bird List to carry with and record your birds for the day.**

Activity level: Some of the trails are narrow and moderately steep for a few feet. Elevation 5430 ft.

Leaders: Karen von Saltza, Mary Keithler and Audubon Master Birders

Meeting Place: Parking lot at the Audubon Center at Chatfield. The Audubon Center is located on Waterton Road, 4.4 miles south of C-470 and Wadsworth.

Registration is NOT required. Donations to ASGD appreciated.


Wildlife and Wine

Saturday, April 12, 7pm-9:30pm

Tap into your creativity while savoring a glass of wine!

Join local artist Raz Seri for an evening of painting and wine. Raz will provide step-by-step instruction to teach us how to express the colors and textures of the natural world on canvas.  No experience required.

About the artist: Raz Seri has been painting for 12 years; he studied drawing and painting for 3 years in Florence, Italy at The Florence Academy of Art. His passions for painting are portrait, landscape, and figure. He currently teaches children how to paint through Young Rembrandts.

Meeting Place: Audubon Center at Chatfield (11280 Waterton Rd. Littleton, CO 80128)

Registration required – limited to 15 people. $25 ASGD members; $30 non-members (21 yrs. + and older only). Register Online!

Classes may be cancelled if there is not enough interest.

Notes: Please bring your own smock.

Nocturnal Wildlife Hike

Third Friday of the Month June-November from 7-9pm

Join us at the Audubon Nature Center to discover who is out and about at night and what activities these creatures are up to! Explore the trails at the Nature Center in search of beavers, owls, raccoons, deer and other nocturnal animals. Learn more about these nocturnal animals. After the hike we will be gazing at the night sky and discussing the constellations, planets, stars, and the moon phase!

Meeting Place: Audubon Center at Chatfield

Registration Required– limited to 20 people.

 $5 ASGD members; $8 non-members; $12 per member family; $20 per non-member family.   (Family = 3-6 people)

Please call our office at 303-973-9530 or Register Online!

Notes:   Please wear shoes to hike in, weather appropriate clothing, and bring a flashlight if you’d like. Wear long pants and hiking shoes, as the poison ivy along the river is growing really well!

*If the weather is inclement, this outing may be cancelled. Please call our office (303-973-9530) before 4pm the day of the hike to see if it has been cancelled.

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On Your Own

Visit the Audubon Center at Chatfied on your own for hiking, bird and wildlife watching, and to stroll the native gardens surrounding the buildings.

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Scout and School Field Trips and Programs

Bring your Scouts or students on a field trip where our Naturalists share information about Chatfield area wildlife and habitats. Choose a group program and schedule your adventure today!

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Summer Camp Programs

Spend a week exploring nature and wildlife at the Audubon Center. Camps are run by experienced summer program partners and taught by passionate naturalists. Find more details on summer programs and Audubon camp partner contact information and register today!

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