World Bird Sanctuary rests peacefully on 305 acres of Missouri hardwood forest, next door to Lone Elk County Park and the Chubb Trail. We feature free seasonal shows, nature trails, educational programs and picnic pavilions. Our large outdoor avian exhibits provide housing for a variety of World Bird Sanctuary’s non-releasable birds. These large enclosures allow these magnificent birds a comfortable place to live out their lives. These enclosures provide exhibit space for a variety of species. You’ll always see Bald Eagles, Red-Tailed Hawks, Peregrine Falcons, Eurasian Eagle Owls, Great-Horned Owls, Barred Owls, Barn Owls, White Pelicans, Thick-billed Parrots and Sand Hill Cranes. During the summer you’ll also see Brown Pelicans, a Laughing Kookaburra, Turkey Vultures and a Black Vulture.
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Allow one of our experts Naturalists to take you on a tour of our facilities. Learn about the past inhabitants of our area and meet our current residents. Tours last approximately 60 minutes and are limited to a group of 30 individuals. For rates and reservations please call (636) 225-4390 ext. 1001 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Free Seasonal Shows
Amazing Animal Encounters
every Saturday and Sunday from Memorial Day through Labor Day • 11:30am and 2:00pm
at World Bird Sanctuary Amphitheater • Admission is FREE! • Sponsored by Ameren – Missouri.
Free, fun, family-friendly environmental education programs are presented by our naturalists, using snakes, parrots, birds and mammals to teach you about the amazing creatures that share our planet, and what we can do to help them survive.
During each 25 minute presentation you’ll get to meet some of the animals that call WBS home and even see some fly!
Birds in Concert
every Thursday in August • 7:00pm – 8:30pm
at World Bird Sanctuary Amphitheater • Admission is FREE! Sponsored by Ameren – Missouri.
Different performers each night. Live birds and free-flight demonstrations accompany musical selections. Pack a picnic to enhance the magic of our outdoor amphitheater.
Bird Banding Demonstrations
Watch our field studies crew catch, band and release song birds on site as part of the World Bird Sanctuary Songbird Population Study! June 1st through September 1st • First & Third Thursday each month 8am-11am Learn More
Our trails range from easy to moderate, with the easy hikes being suitable for all ages. Hickory Trail starts at at the far end of the exhibit line and is .2 mile long. Tunnel Trail trailhead is located near the end of Hickory Trail and is .2 mile. Turtle Bob Trails starts near the Kathryn G. Favre Wildlife Hospital and is 1 mile long. The Chubb Trail, a horseback, bike and hiking trail, starts at the Chubb Trail parking lot, which is near the Lone Elk County Park entrance, and is 7 miles long one way. Water and snacks are available in our Raptique Gift Shop located in the Nature Center.
Map of World Bird Sanctuary
Pack a picnic breakfast, lunch or snack and enjoy it under one of our picnic shelters on Songbird Lane. We have surrounded the shelters with bird feeders, birdbaths and a butterfly garden, so you can enjoy the birds while you eat. You will also find nearby: McDonald’s, Steak ‘n Shake, Denny’s, Culvers, Bob Evans, Cracker Barrel, Krispy Kreme, Ruby Tuesdays, Taco Bell & Burger King.
Open from 10am – 4pm and may be closed periodically throughout the day for private paid programs. The World Bird Sanctuary’s Nature Center houses a variety of birds, mammals and reptiles for visitors to view and learn about. These animals are on display daily and include a rotating group of parrots from around the world (including “Arizona” the Thick Billed Parrot – a critically endangered parrot which may possibly still inhabit the South West United States), snakes such as “Kahn”, the 12 foot Albino Burmese Python, “Dorothy, Rose, Blanche and Sophia”, our three-toed box turtle troop, “Rustle” the Armadillo and “Batty and Scar”, our Straw-colored Fruit Bats.
Access to the Nature Center is provided by a carefully designed path with hand railings and lighting. There is also a special needs access trail that is paved and equipped with handrails and lighting.
Raptique Gift Shop
Located at the Visitor’s Center and offers nature-themed apparel, books, jewelry, toys and much more. Snacks and beverages are also available.
Want something fun to do with your kids or group during or after your visit? Grab an activity book and follow the self guided tour, play the World Bird Sanctuary scavenger hunt, color pictures, solve puzzles, and learn all about birds of prey and World Bird Sanctuary! 52 pages of activities and fun facts about raptors! Free with any booked education program! Just $3 for a digital copy and $6 for a printed. Buy Online Here
Kathryn G. Favre Wildlife Hospital
The Kathryn G. Favre Wildlife Hospital is closed to the general public. However, we have a patient viewing window where you can see some of the birds we are currently treating. We also offer private tours of the facility and open tours the first Saturday of the month for a suggested donation of $5. Please call (636) 861-1392 or email email@example.com to schedule your private tour today.
Olga Reyes Memorial Library
As a thank you to the public for all the years of support, we opened our Olga Reyes Memorial library with free books and free posters. We also have made the entire area into a great (seasonal) kid’s activity center. We have sidewalk chalk, a puppet show area, coloring sheets, crayons, and touch items such as wings and claws. We hope it all can educate and inspire old and young alike.
If you have any books about wildlife or the environment that you wish to donate or would like to volunteer at our library, please contact us at (636) 861-1392 or firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also drop books off at our new donation drop-off building near the Kathryn G. FavreWildlife Hospital.
Free Sensory Tote Bag
For persons who are blind or visually impaired. Available for sign-out at Visitor’s Center.
NO pets allowed
Please abide by this rule for the safety of our birds. Please call prior to visiting for special assistance (636) 225-4390.
Service dogs are only allowed in certain areas on World Bird Sanctuary grounds. They cannot be in areas near our animals or birds in their display areas due to the fact they can be disruptive and cause undue stress to our animals. Please call prior to visiting for special assistance (636) 225-4390.
Q26. When might a service dog’s presence fundamentally alter the nature of a service or program provided to the public?
A. In most settings, the presence of a service animal will not result in a fundamental alteration. However, there are some exceptions. For example, at a boarding school, service animals could be restricted from a specific area of a dormitory reserved specifically for students with allergies to dog dander. At a zoo, service animals can be restricted from areas where the animals on display are the natural prey or natural predators of dogs, where the presence of a dog would be disruptive, causing the displayed animals to behave aggressively or become agitated. They cannot be restricted from other areas of the zoo.
What’s Nearby? Lone Elk County Park, Six Flags St. Louis, Hurricane Harbor, Endangered Wolf Sanctuary, and Chubb Trail.