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Audubon Center at Chatfield

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11280 Waterton Rd.
Littleton, CO 80125 United States

Directions to the Audubon Nature Center:

The Audubon Center at Chatfield is located on the southwest end Chatfield State Park in Littleton, CO

  1. From I-25 & C-470, go west on C-470 about 12 miles
  2. Exit onto Wadsworth Blvd
  3. Go south on Wadsworth Blvd about 4.4 miles, PAST the main entrance for Chatfield State Park
  4. Turn left /east on Waterton Road
  5. Immediately turn left into the first parking lot at the Audubon Center sign

September 2018

Habitats for Homeschoolers – Fun Family Foraging! Edible Plants of CO

September 11, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Audubon Center at Chatfield, 11280 Waterton Rd.
Littleton, CO 80125 United States
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Fun Family Foraging for Edible Plants of Colorado! Join the Audubon Society of Greater Denver for our spring class series designed just for home school families!  Come awaken your senses, palate, and identification skills to the diversity of useful plants around you. This interactive and informational program is designed to connect your family to nature through plant pattern recognition, responsible and safe gathering principles, and tips on making foraging fun! Meeting Place:  Audubon Nature Center at Chatfield, 11280 Waterton Rd,…

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October 2018

Coffee with a Corvid! Featuring Special Guest from Denver Zoo

October 28, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Audubon Center at Chatfield, 11280 Waterton Rd.
Littleton, CO 80125 United States
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Autumn is the season for scarecrows and pumpkins, but how about those corvids? What is a corvid, you ask? Why only one of the most fascinating and intelligent groups of birds which includes crows, ravens, and magpies. Come enjoy some sustainable coffee at the Audubon Nature Center and meet a live raven! REGISTER HERE

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March 2019

Birding Insights Adult Workshop: Thrush Rush!

March 9, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Audubon Center at Chatfield, 11280 Waterton Rd.
Littleton, CO 80125 United States
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What exactly is a rush of thrushes? Come learn about this wonderfully recognizable and loved family of birds including the American Robin, Bluebird species, Townsend’s Solitaire, and others. From field marks to flight patterns, learn tips for spotting some of the more challenging species of thrushes, and then join us for a brief bird walk to assist with identification at the entrance to Waterton Canyon. Meeting Place: Audubon Nature Center, 11280 Waterton Rd, Littleton CO 80125 Leader: Audubon Master Birders…

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July 2019

Celebrate 50! John Denver Outdoor Concert

July 20, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Audubon Center at Chatfield, 11280 Waterton Rd.
Littleton, CO 80125 United States
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Join us for the continuation of our year-long 50th Anniversary Celebration with the music of John Denver with local band Nearly There! Learn about our amazing 50 year history featuring outdoor displays. Did you know that our organization began in the halls of the Denver Museum of Nature and Science? Our conservation work throughout the decades has brought us into the forefront of Denver wildlife preservation and education. Sit outside at our nature center and listen to the tunes from…

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Denver Audubon Young Birders Club **NEW Program

July 21, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 am
Audubon Center at Chatfield, 11280 Waterton Rd.
Littleton, CO 80125 United States
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Do you have a budding birder who might be interested in meeting other teens with the same interest? Our newly formed Denver Audubon Young Birders Club is inviting you out to the Audubon Nature Center for some river exploration and riparian bird identification. Explore the beauty of the South Platte River and learn about some of the amazing birds that call this lush habitat home. Meeting Place: Audubon Nature Center at Chatfield, 11280 Waterton Rd, Littleton CO 80125. Leaders: Audubon…

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Birding Insights Adult Workshop – “Colorado Hummingbird Lifestyles and Behavior” – Classroom Session

July 24, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Audubon Center at Chatfield, 11280 Waterton Rd.
Littleton, CO 80125 United States
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July 24, 6:30-8:30pm Classroom sessionJuly 28, 8am-noon Field Trip Learn about the lifestyles of various Colorado Hummingbirds. The class emphasizes natural history of hummingbirds, including hummingbird aggression, metabolism, and territoriality, courtship and nesting, wing sounds and dive displays. Identification of Colorado's Hummingbirds will be discussed. Which plants provide nectar are included. Tina will talk about ideas to attract Hummingbirds. Find out places in the US where you can see many hummers. Some hummer species are dropping in numbers. Learn how…

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Birding Insights Adult Workshop – “Colorado Hummingbird Lifestyles and Behavior” – Field Trip

July 28, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Audubon Center at Chatfield, 11280 Waterton Rd.
Littleton, CO 80125 United States
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July 24, 6:30-8:30pm Classroom sessionJuly 28, 8am-noon Field Trip Participants on the field trip must also be registered for the classroom session on July 24. Learn about the lifestyles of various Colorado Hummingbirds. The class emphasizes natural history of hummingbirds, including hummingbird aggression, metabolism, and territoriality, courtship and nesting, wing sounds and dive displays. Identification of Colorado's Hummingbirds will be discussed. Which plants provide nectar are included. Tina will talk about ideas to attract Hummingbirds. Find out places in the…

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August 2019

Nocturnal Wildlife Hike – Beneficial Bats

August 16, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Audubon Center at Chatfield, 11280 Waterton Rd.
Littleton, CO 80125 United States
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Join us for this ever-popular program in search of bats, beavers, owls, and more. Listen for coyote calls, check out the bat houses around the ponds, and see if the beavers are making progress on their South Platte River dam. Meeting Place: Audubon Center at Chatfield (11280 Waterton Rd., Littleton, CO 80125). Registration Required. Adult Members $8; kids/teen members $5; adult non-members $10; kids/teens non-members $7. Register...

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Birding Insights Adult Workshop – “Spry Sparrows”

August 17, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 am
Audubon Center at Chatfield, 11280 Waterton Rd.
Littleton, CO 80125 United States
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Perplexed by Passerellidae? Have we got a little brown job for you! Join us to learn about the sparrows of the Front Range. They can be hard to see but are easy to love once you get over your sparrowphobia. Our Birding Insights workshops are designed to help you delve more deeply into the lives of the beautiful birds of Colorado. Class participants will spend some time looking for sparrows around the Audubon Nature Center and gain valuable skills to…

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Habitats for Homeschoolers : Ecosystem Exploration

August 21, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Audubon Center at Chatfield, 11280 Waterton Rd.
Littleton, CO 80125 United States
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Everything is in an ecosystem, and 8 different ecosystems combine to create the Colorado that we know and love. Tour the ecosystems surrounding the Audubon Center, learn about other ecosystems located in our state, and play a fun game to learn about how ecosystems are connected, and how we can keep them healthy! Meeting Place: Audubon Center at Chatfield (11280 Waterton Rd. Littleton CO 80125) Registration Required: Cost: $7 per member student, $9 per non-member student (1 adult complimentary per…

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September 2019

HOOTenanny Nocturnal Wildlife Hike: Owls of Chatfield

September 20, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Audubon Center at Chatfield, 11280 Waterton Rd.
Littleton, CO 80125 United States
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Whoooo’s out and about around the South Platte River?  Learn about Long-eared, Great-horned, Burrowing and Easter Screech owls that have both historically and currently call Chatfield State Park home. Meeting Place: Audubon Center at Chatfield, 11280 Waterton Rd, Littleton, CO 80125 Leaders:  Audubon Staff and Volunteers Registration required. Limited to 20 participants, $8/adult, $5/child for Denver Audubon members; $10/adult, $7/child for Non-members.  Minimum age to participate 5 years old and up. Register...

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9th Annual HOOTenanny Owl & Music Festival

September 21, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Audubon Center at Chatfield, 11280 Waterton Rd.
Littleton, CO 80125 United States
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Come Hoot With Us! Here's what you'll find at the festival:   The wildlife teaching organization, Nature’s Educators, will show off their live owls. Dress as an owl and enter the owl costume contest! Kids can participate in a hidden owl scavenger hunt in our native plant gardens. Families can meet and take pictures with Woodsy Owl, the beloved U.S. Forest Service character. Kids can dissect owl pellets (owl puke) to figure out what the birds eat. Several educational booths…

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October 2019

Habitats for Homeschoolers : Bird Identification and Watching!

October 3, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Audubon Center at Chatfield, 11280 Waterton Rd.
Littleton, CO 80125 United States
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October is a great time of year to spot bird migrants! Students learn about animal classification, unique characteristics of birds, and how to use field marks and sounds to identify birds. Using a collection of photos, study skins and a field guide, the students practice their skills before hitting the trail to spot the birds that visit Chatfield on their migration south. Meeting Place: Audubon Center at Chatfield (11280 Waterton Rd. Littleton CO 80125) Registration Required: Cost: $7 per member…

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Coffee with a Corvid Featuring Special Guest from the Denver Zoo

October 20, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Audubon Center at Chatfield, 11280 Waterton Rd.
Littleton, CO 80125 United States
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Autumn is the season for scarecrows and pumpkins, but how about those corvids? What is a corvid, you ask? Why only one of the most fascinating and intelligent groups of birds which includes crows, ravens, and magpies. Come enjoy some sustainable coffee at the Audubon Nature Center and meet a live raven!  Appropriate for all ages. Meeting Place: Audubon Center at Chatfield, 11280 Waterton Rd, Littleton, CO 80125 Leaders:  Audubon Staff and Volunteers, Denver Zoo Outreach Staff Registration required. Limited…

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November 2019

Habitats for Homeschoolers : Nature’s Recyclers

November 6, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Audubon Center at Chatfield, 11280 Waterton Rd.
Littleton, CO 80125 United States
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Where does everything go?? Students learn how nature breaks things like big trees or animals down into smaller units and how energy and nutrients transfer throughout the ecosystem. Learn to identify some of the organisms that take part in the decomposition process and how you can support this process in your yard through composting. Weather permitting, we’ll explore around the Center looking for signs of nature’s recycling process. Meeting Place: Audubon Center at Chatfield (11280 Waterton Rd. Littleton CO 80125)…

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January 2020

Walk the Wetlands

January 5 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Audubon Center at Chatfield, 11280 Waterton Rd.
Littleton, CO 80125 United States
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Snowy Egret

Walk for about 3 miles along the South Platte River exploring ponds and riparian and grassland habitats for late fall migrants, residents, and winter arrivals.  Trails are moderately easy, but do contain rocks, tree roots and poison ivy.  Some of the trails are narrow and moderately steep for a few feet.  Elevation:  5430 Ft.  Bring a scope if you have one; some loaner equipment may be available. Meeting Place: Audubon Center at Chatfield, 11280 Waterton Rd. Littleton, CO 80125 Leaders:…

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Habitats for Homeschoolers : Nature Journaling

January 10 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Audubon Center at Chatfield, 11280 Waterton Rd.
Littleton, CO 80125 United States
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Writing and drawing are an integral part of science! We’ll take a historic look at the different ways scientists and explorers have observed and recorded nature. Then, using our collection of plant and animal specimens and mounts, start or continue in your own nature journal. Gain some tips and tricks for creating a nature field journal; choosing a subject, what to record, drawing tips, and more. Students should have writing and drawing skills and should bring a journal or sketchbook…

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