Updated August 8, 2020
Houston Audubon Sanctuaries
In line with Governor Abbott's plan to re-open the state, Houston Audubon is pleased to announce that beginning May 4, sanctuaries will open to the public. In our effort to open responsibly, access to restrooms and other facilities will be limited at all sanctuary locations. Please be mindful that Houston Audubon trails are narrower than many state and federal parks. Visitors are strongly advised to adhere to social distancing practices and use face masks to reduce the chances of coronavirus transmission.
As a special announcement, High Island entrance fees are waived for the remainder of the season. We hope opening the sanctuaries now will provide an opportunity for many to enjoy the few remaining days of spring migration and take in the wonder of these beautiful natural spaces.
Please note special restrictions in place for the following sanctuaries:
High Island: Sanctuaries are open every day from 7 AM to 7 PM. Admission is free for the remainder of the season. Restrooms are closed. Construction at Smith Oaks Bird Sanctuary is ongoing, and the Old Mexico Rd. entrance will remain closed till further notice. Visitors may use the Winnie St. entrance.
Edith L. Moore Nature Sanctuary: Open every day from 7 AM to 7 PM. Restrooms are closed. The only entrance is at the east gate in the Memorial Drive United Methodist Church parking lot. Parking is available in the church parking lot. Note that in June-August 2020, the sanctuary will open at 12:30 PM on Wednesdays.
Raptor & Education Center: The Raptor and Education Center is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 AM - 4 PM, by appointment only. Please contact us by phone at (713) 640-2407 to make an appointment.
With the safety of the community, children and our staff in mind, we are replacing summer 2020 camps with an exciting slate of family friendly programming that allows us to more responsibly manage social distancing and other health and safety conscious protocols. We hope you will consider joining one or more of these summer adventures:
- Family Nature Explore Club: Summer weekday classes for families at 2 locations
- Behind the Scenes Tours at the Raptor Center - Get Enraptored with the whole family!
- Summer Nature Nights at our Sanctuaries - Weekend nocturnal fun for the family
- Raptor Photography Shoots
Experience the joy of birds and nature from your own home! Stay connected with our digital library of resources with games, interactive activities, and learning tools. Webcams are also set up at Bolivar Flats Shorebird Sanctuary and Edith L. Moore Nature Sanctuary for a virtual birding experience.