Audubon Texas

A nonprofit organization

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$10,000 Goal

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Your support of our North Texas Audubon nature centers helps us connect families to our ecosystems through free admission, provide low-cost education programs and utilize science for conservation of our lands. Thank you for your gift!

Overview

Audubon education centers in North Texas serve more than 100,000 people each year and connect more than 20,000 school children from under-served areas of our urban communities with nature (pre-covid). Audubon Texas has been managing coastal barrier islands in Texas since 1923, and is also committed to our disappearing grasslands and keeping ranchers on the land. Our success is based on a foundation of science and education and our approach to conservation has achieved significant results.

North Texas Audubon Centers
Education is the primary focus for Dogwood Canyon and Trinity River Audubon Centers. Both centers provide hands-on science education to families and students from North Texas schools, often introducing many of our urban kids to nature for the very first time. Research continues to show that connecting to the outdoors is vital for development and well-being. Audubon provides opportunities to engage our youth through a variety of programs including bird watching, Scouts, TEKS-aligned science education, guided hikes, animal encounters, and week-long immersive leadership experiences through our Audubon Conservation Leaders program.

Dogwood Canyon Audubon Center
Centrally located in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, the center sits on the white rock escarpment at the mouth of Dogwood Canyon where plants and animals of east, west and central Texas converge. Nowhere else can one find the Black-chinned Hummingbird of west Texas nesting in the flowering dogwood tree of east Texas. Dogwood Canyon provides free admission, hiking trails, bird viewing areas, family nature play area, picnic tables, meeting space and nature store.

Trinity River Audubon Center
Located just ten miles south of downtown Dallas, Trinity River is part of the Great Trinity Forest, the largest urban bottomland hardwood forest in the United States. This forest supports a diverse community of plant and animal species and contains a unique mixture of hardwoods, wetlands and grasslands. A former illegal dump site, the center is now a reclaimed haven for a vast array of birds and other wildlife in an increasingly urbanized metropolitan area. Trinity River provides hiking trails, bird viewing areas, boardwalks, wetlands, picnic tables, education exhibits, meeting and event space and nature store.

Mission

Audubon Texas is the state program of National Audubon Society. Our mission is to protect birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow. Audubon Texas supports science-based, statewide conservation and 3 education centers - Dogwood Canyon Audubon Center (Cedar Hill), Trinity River Audubon Center (Dallas) and Mitchell Lake Audubon Center (San Antonio).

Equity Statement

Just as biodiversity strengthens natural systems, the diversity of human experience strengthens our conservation efforts for the benefit of nature and all human beings. Audubon must represent and reflect that human diversity, embracing it in all the communities where we work, in order to achieve our conservation goals. To that end, we are committed to increasing the diversity of our staff, board, volunteers, members, and supporters, and to fostering an inclusive network of Audubon Centers and Chapters in all kinds of communities, from rural to urban.

Equity, diversity, and inclusion is not only a best practice for business, it's a strategic imperative. Our business and conservation strategies are enriched and made stronger by the contribution of the experiences, perspectives, and values of diverse individuals and communities. Protecting and conserving nature and the environment transcends political, cultural and social boundaries, and so must Audubon in or‚Äãder to expand our network's reach and engage more people in protecting birds and habitat.

We are dedicated to providing a work environment that prioritizes fairness and respect. At Audubon, all employees are treated equally and are encouraged to achieve their fullest potential. We respect the individuality of each member of our community, and we are committed to a workplace free of any kind of discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, national or ethnic origin, politics, or veteran status.

With a plurality of voices, Audubon will inspire more people and conserve more habitats. Respect, inclusion, and opportunity for people of all backgrounds, lifestyles and perspectives will attract the best ideas and harness the greatest passion to shape a healthier, more vibrant future for all of us who share our planet. The birds we are pledged to protect differ in color, size, behavior, geographical preference and countless other ways. By honoring and celebrating the equally remarkable diversity of the human species, Audubon will bring new creativity, effectiveness and leadership to our work throughout the hemisphere.

Equal Opportunity For All

Audubon is committed to diversity, inclusion, and equal opportunity. We know that our goal of protecting birds and ecosystems cannot be fully achieved unless talented individuals from all backgrounds are engaged and valued in our work. We are committed to broadening staff, board, volunteer, member, and supporter diversity, and to maintaining a network of Audubon Centers and Chapters in all kinds of communities, from rural to urban. We are dedicated to ensuring a work environment that prioritizes fairness and respect.

At Audubon, all employees are treated equally and are encouraged to achieve their fullest potential. We respect the individuality of each member of our community, and we are committed to a workplace free of any kind of discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, national or ethnic origin, politics, or veteran status. Audubon celebrates diversity as core to our institutional values, our mission, and our vision of success.

Defining Diversity and Inclusion

Diversity

Audubon believes all differences (and similarities) are important, and worth acknowledging and celebrating, including, racial and ethnic origin or affiliation, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, political orientation, socio-economic background, age, marital status, parental status, and physical attributes or abilities. However, for the purposes of much of our immediate work, we are largely focusing on differences of race and ethnicity, age, and socio-economic background. These are areas where we see the greatest possibilities for expansion of our work, both internally as an organization and externally in terms of the audiences we serve.

Inclusion

If diversity encompasses the differences and similarities between us, inclusion is valuing those differences and similarities. We seek to ensure that Audubon is a workplace where all people-including staff, volunteers, and participants in our programs-feel comfortable and valued.

Organization Data

Summary

Organization name

Audubon Texas

Operating Budget

$3,000,000 - $9,999,999

Counties Served

Collin, Dallas, Ellis, Hunt, Johnson, Kaufman, Rockwall, Tarrant

BIPOC Serving

Black or African American, Asian/Pacific Islander, Hispanic or Latinx, Native American, Other

Equity Statement

Equity Statement

Address

6500 Great Trinity Forest Way
Dallas, TX 75217

Phone

214-309-5801

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