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Raptor and Education Center

Raptor and Education Center

Bird Sightings: Visit Texas eBird to find out what's being reported. The Raptor and Education Center is an eBird Hot Spot.

Visit Us! The Raptor and Education Center is open on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 10 AM to 4 PM. Please call ahead to confirm we're open as occasionally schedule conflicts may interfere. There is no charge for members to visit. The fee is $5 per person for non-members. Come by and see Luna (Swallow-tailed Kite), Percy (Eastern Screech-Owl), Simon (Great Horned Owl), Winston (Red-tailed Hawk), Juliet (Barred Owl), Spirit (Red-tailed Hawk), Tskilli (Great Horned Owl), Skeeter (Mississippi Kite), and Laka (Turkey Vulture). The address is 3997 River Drive, Houston, TX 77017. It is two blocks from I-45 and only minutes from downtown. The phone number is 713-640-2407. All groups of more than 7 people must schedule a tour or class in advance. For more information, please contact Mary Anne Weber, Education Director, at

Holiday Closure: The Raptor and Education Center will be closed from December 25, 2019 through January 1, 2020.

Group Visits

  • Self-guided Tours

    All groups (defined as larger than 7 persons) who are not accompanied by a Houston Audubon guide must preregister by emailing Mary Anne Weber at

  • Awesome Avian Adventures for all grade levels K-12. Tours include activities and interactions with live birds.

  • Tours include up-close encounters with the raptors at the center, presentation in the Bayou Barn and guided hike to Sims Bayou. Picnicking area onsite or enjoy lunch at a nearby popular eatery. Harris County Senior Bus Trips Welcome!

The Houston Audubon Raptor and Education Center at Sims Bayou is a picturesque 1.1-acre sanctuary located in historic Park Place on the original channel of Sims Bayou. The center contains a log cabin, barn, gazebo, gardens, pond with native plants, and seasonal wetland trails that afford a unique opportunity to experience nature in a dense urban setting. It is located next to Charlton Park and the Houston Botanic Garden.

The property was originally established in 1997 as the Sims Bayou Urban Nature Center by the Greater Park Place Community Development Corporation to help revitalize the area. That group created educational and environmental programs, attracted hundreds of volunteers and provided a peaceful setting for scouting, birding, and other outdoor programs as well as boating and fishing opportunities. It was donated to Houston Audubon in 2005. On January 19, 2019, the ribbon-cutting ceremony was held to mark the official transformation of the Sims Bayou Urban Nature Center to the Houston Audubon Raptor and Education Center at Sims Bayou. All nine of Houston Audubon’s Education Raptors have settled into their newly constructed and furnished aviaries where they continue to receive exceptional care and lots of love from our amazing Education team led by Education and Center Director Mary Anne Weber. We would like to thank The Brown Foundation, the George and Mary Josephine Hamman Foundation, and the Jacob and Terese Hershey Foundation for their support.

The center is the education campus and home to Houston Audubon’s education department. The facilities give Houston Audubon needed space to expand many of its programs and develop new ones. Camps, field trips, community outreach, school programs, scout programs, adult and community programs are conducted both here and at the Edith L. Moore Nature Sanctuary.

Nature Store

Fly on over to the southeast side of town and check out our nature store! The store is chock-full of books for birders, gardeners, children, and nature enthusiasts. We also offer hummingbird feeders, bird houses, jewelry, plush animals, and gifts for all ages. 

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