In January 2014, the Denver Field Ornithologists (DFO) Board of Directors adopted a new set of Standards and Best Practices for field trip leaders. Because field trips are a hallmark of DFO, the standards were adopted to bring greater consistency and leadership quality to those trips. The standards are part of a new trip leader certification process. This process was begun during the first half of 2014. Once the process is fully implemented, only certified trip leaders or guest leaders accompanied by a certified trip leader will be scheduled to lead DFO field trips.
The standards are intended to help DFO provide safe, enjoyable, and instructive field trips. Field trip leaders or DFO members interested in becoming trip leaders are encouraged to read the standards. The standards are supported by a Field Trip Leader Manual, which provides ideas to help leaders implement the standards.