Tour The Gabriel Foundation!
Tuesday @ 10:30am
Saturday @ 10:30am
Sunday @ 1:00pm
*Please note that tour times are subject to change. Please allow 90 minutes for your tour.
Tour Fees (save $5 per person by paying now!)
Adults $15 onsite, $10 prepaid online
Minors $10 onsite, $5 prepaid online (6 to 18 years old)
Children FREE (under 5 years old)
Please, no unaccompanied minors.
Your tour fee helps us to offset the cost of operating our aviary 24/7 and providing the best in care for our avian residents. The tour fee does not apply to any bird adoption fee or to the Adoption Application fee. Tour fees are non-refundable. In the event of a cancellation, we will honor your paid reservation for 6 months.
Every effort will be made to accommodate your visit. Please understand that we are rarely at our desks and we rely heavily on communication by email. Please schedule your visit a minimum of 48 hours in advance.
To schedule your tour, please complete the form below. You will receive an automatic reply for your tour; please check your email as well as your spam folder for your email confirmation and additional helpful information.
Please excuse any delayed response in communications. We are in the middle of transition and consolidation as we incorporate our Denver location offices and flock to the Aviary & Adoption Center. Effective July 1, 2016, our Denver location will permanently close. All services will continue in Elizabeth. In addition, our regularly scheduled tours will be unavailable until July 16, 2016. We apologize for any inconvenience.
Daily 8:00am – 4:00pm, visits by appointment only
For the safety of your birds and the TGF flock, we request that you leave your birds at home when you book a tour, unless you have made arrangements for bird boarding, day care or adoption interaction at the Aviary & Adoption Center.
In order to provide you with a comprehensive tour of TGF’s Aviary & Adoption Center, a TGF staff member or volunteer will personally guide you around our aviary to provide you an overview of TGF’s operations, our birds and our programs and answer your questions. You will have time to watch a presentation on our widescreen monitor during your scheduled tour, thanks to a donation from Sharp USA. This tour is not designed for you to “play with our birds” although you will have a chance to get up close and personal with one or two of our avian ambassadors.
Please note that by their very nature, parrots can be loud! Earplugs will be provided upon request. Children under 5 years old may be startled by the birds’ noise. All minor children must be supervised by a parent or legal guardian at all times.
The aviary is located in Elizabeth, CO at an altitude of nearly 6700′. We’re on the high plains and weather can change at a moment’s notice. Please bring appropriate clothing. The terrain surrounding the aviary is landscaped but remains natural – concrete and rock walkways surround our aviaries so wear comfortable shoes. Cold beverages are available for purchase on site although you are welcome to bring your own. Make it a day and bring a picnic lunch with you and sit outside in our Memorial Garden. Restaurants are located in nearby Elizabeth and the Town of Parker.
If you are in the active adoption process, you will need to schedule a specific time with TGF staff to arrange time to meet and interact with some of TGF’s birds. Thank you for your support and interest in The Gabriel Foundation. We look forward to seeing you soon.
About The Aviary & Adoption Center
Expanding our space in 2005 from 8,500 sq. ft. in Basalt, CO to 40,000 sq. ft. in Elizabeth, CO, our Aviary & Adoption Center is located on nearly 36 acres in western Elbert County just outside of Elizabeth, CO and was designed with the total welfare of our feathered friends in mind. Initial plans featured three different buildings to house our resident birds in bright, spacious species-specific rooms with radiant heat and Venta Airwashers to ensure a warm, high humidity climate. As construction progressed, we quickly realized the need for additional space dedicated specifically to our Rescue program and adjusted accordingly. We’re now at capacity due to the tremendous increase and demand for the services that we provide.
Throughout the complex, each species room has its own attached outdoor flight that provides year-round access to spacious, predator-proof flights where our birds can cavort with members of their own species safely in the great outdoors. Felled trees, branches, rocks and boulders, rope swings and toys of all kinds encourage chewing, foraging, and play in our diverse aviaries and flights.
Our facilities and services include separate quarantine rooms, a visitor reception area, a training center and “flight” school play area, numerous stand-alone flights for expanded flight space, a large kitchen and food preparation areas, separate boarding and day care, along with employee housing that guarantee permanent, 24-hour onsite care of the TGF flock.
TGF currently provides quality care for 800+ birds each day. As we continue to build for the future needs of birds placed with The Gabriel Foundation in our various programs, including adoption, rescue, rehabilitation, sanctuary and long term foster care, educational and other learning opportunities… your support is ever more critical to the birds that enter our care.
The Aviary & Adoption Center serves as a gateway to a new life for birds in our adoption program, as well as haven for parrots from diverse backgrounds that are in need of sanctuary. When you visit our flock you’ll be reminded that every bird here was someone’s special baby bird at one time in their life and that our commitment to every one of our residents underscores our dedication to their well-being.