Evergreen Nature Center Mission Statement: The Evergreen Nature Center aspires to foster contagious enthusiasm and life-long respect for the natural world by providing fun and inspiring educational experiences throughout the Bear Creek Watershed.
Evergreen Audubon Mission Statement: Evergreen Audubon seeks to conserve and restore natural ecosystems and to inspire and educate our community for the benefit of humanity and the earth's biological diversity.
The Evergreen Naturalists Audubon Society, Inc. was incorporated in 1968 as the "Evergreen Naturalists" and has been in existence since that time. In the 1970s, we became a chapter of the National Audubon Society and more recently took on the trade name of Evergreen Audubon to increase our recognition and branding within our Mountain Community. Evergreen Audubon has always focused on the conservation of and public education about natural resources in Jefferson County and surrounding areas. We believe our mission aligns well with SCFD's mandate of presentation, advancement, and preservation of the natural history of Jefferson County. At the end of 2016, we had 253 local members,
In 2008, Evergreen Audubon established the Evergreen Nature Center (ENC). We worked cooperatively with the Evergreen Park and Recreation District (EPRD) to house the nature center in the "Historic Warming Hut" at Evergreen Lake. Since 2008, we have operated the ENC seasonally for about 90 days between April and October. In early 2016, we renewed our use agreement with EPRD to continue operations in the Warming Hut through December 2020. In addition to providing displays and interpretation in the Warming Hut, we offer numerous programs to the public and have been working with local schools and other community groups to provide custom environmental education programs. Evergreen Audubon members have invested in the development of the Evergreen Nature Center and are committed to making the ENC a sustainable institution of our Mountain Community. Development of the Evergreen Nature Center is a perfect venue to present Evergreen Audubon's interests in citizen science, environmental awareness, and natural history education. In 2016, 50% of our local members volunteered for various programs and projects, including as Visitor Assistants at the ENC.
At the end of 2016, we rented a new space in Evergreen to offer year-round programming. Through the Evergreen Audubon Education Center, we will be offering summer camps and after-school programs. We also use the space for our public monthly meetings.