In an effort to continue to do our part to control the spread of the Coronavirus, some events and experiences the World Bird Sanctuary will be postponed or cancelled. Seating limited due to COVID-19 restrictions. WBS is committed to stopping the spread of Covid-19. For this reason, strict social distancing will be practiced. Due to the new St. Louis Mask Mandate, masks must be worn while a six foot social distance is not possible. Check our Facebook page for most up to date info!
Wizarding Owl-o-Ween Weekend
Wizarding Owl-O-Ween: Drive-Thru • October 30th • 2:00pm – 6:30 pm
Wizarding Owl-O-Ween Walk-Thru • October 31th • 10:00am – 6:00 pm
Buy Wizarding Tickets Here
Muggles $5 (admission only), Wizards $30 (all inclusive package admission, wand, wand core necklace, feather, butter beer, cauldron cake, Honeyduke’s candy bag, and pygmypuff adoption – upgrade adoption to nifler or owl)
Owl Post Letter Delivery Deal Available until October 25th:
Send your favorite wizarding enthusiast their very own acceptance letter and supplies list.
– by mail: $10
– or mail a Complete Wizarding Package: $40 includes acceptance letter, wand, wand core necklace, candy, feather and plushie pet.
World Bird Sanctuary presents a Wizarding Owl-o-Ween. Wizards and Muggles are invited to join us for a Harry Potter themed event. Visit our owlery, and see our very own basilisk, acromantula and magical beasts from around the world. Take a break from the Muggle world while sipping butterbeer, trick or tweet at Honeydukes, and find your magic wand at Ollivanders! Costume contest, kids games and crafts. Enjoy food from the Leaky Falcon. You may even get your fortune read by Professor TreDawney.
October 20 • November 6, 13, 14, 21, 22, 29 • December 4, 5, 11, 16 • January 1, 2, 22, 23, 29, 30 • February 5, 6, 19, 20
March: dates coming soon! • Adult Only Nights (ages 18+): November 20, December 12 and January 15
7:00pm at World Bird Sanctuary
Cost: $20 for adults, $12 for children 12 and under
Book Online Here
Come over to the dark side and meet those amazing birds that exist by moonlight. Owl Prowls offer an exciting opportunity to learn more about the amazing life of owls. Spend an evening with a WBS naturalist who will introduce you to live owls and their unique calls. Then, take an easy night hike through our grounds to try to call in a wild owl! Each program will max out at 15 attendees.
Virtual Enrichment Programs with Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Keep your kids active and engaged with our virtual enrichment programs this fall! Classes are designed to promote curiosity with engaging educational content and connect kids to nature through hands-on outdoor missions.
Each program will run for five weeks, with one hour-long session each week. After each session, your child is welcome to stay online for an optional 15-minute, supervised social time where they can ask questions or chat about relevant topics. Most weeks, your child will also be given a “mission,” a fun hands-on project to complete before the next session that challenges them to apply their learning and explore outdoors independently.
Each enrichment program runs for five weeks and cost $50-$60 dollars. Scholarships are available.
Note: To assure that your child has an engaging and socially-connected experience in their program, we will limit attendance to 15-30 participants. Children must currently be in the grade level of the program to register. Registration closes when full or one week prior to the start of the program; please register early. Enrichment programs are hosted on Zoom, so your child needs to have access to a tablet or laptop with good internet during the program. You will be sent information, including instructor information and a detailed program plan, the week before your child’s program begins.
Animal Communication: Sound & Beyond (Grades 3-5; Wednesdays at 3:00 pm ET; 5 sessions from September 30 through October 28; $60 registration fee; REGISTER HERE.)
Why is spring so loud? What are all those birds, frogs, and bugs saying? Explore the ways animals communicate from sound to behavior to coloration. You’ll use your eyes and ears to creatively investigate your corner of the world, make a sound map, learn what sound looks like, why some animals are brightly colored, and discover the important role of sound in marine environments. Along the way, we’ll meet live birds like a kookaburra and a Bateleur Eagle. Presented in partnership with the World Bird Sanctuary.
Amazing Birds of the World (Grades 2-4; Thursdays at 4:00 pm ET; 5 sessions from October 1 through October 29; $60 registration fee; REGISTER HERE.)
Discover the amazing birds of our world, from the wild and wacky, to the strange and beautiful. We’ll explore bird diversity, flight, migration, and extreme survivors. Along the way, we’ll meet live birds including vultures and other raptors. Join with other kids to get to know birds both near and far, and discuss ways to protect them. Presented in partnership with the World Bird Sanctuary, and a special guest from the International Crane Foundation.
Wild About Art (Grades 2-4; Thursdays at 4:00 pm ET; 5 sessions from November 5 through December 10 – skipping November 26th; $50 registration fee; REGISTER HERE.)
Unleash your creativity… art is all around you! You will use natural materials to make art, photograph nature, draw a plant, and get tips from guest artists that will help you explore your creative side! Share your creations with fellow participants, and have a gallery of your own nature art by the end of the program.
Make your trip to World Bird Sanctuary even more memorable with one of our many Guest Experiences! There are lots of activities available to enhance your visit – get up close and personal with some of our animal ambassadors who can’t wait to meet you!
Amazing Animal Encounters
Weekdays at 11:00am, Weekends at 11am and 3pm at World Bird Sanctuary Amphitheater
General Admission: $10 • Children under 12: $5 • Children under 3: Free Buy Tickets Here
Are you ready for an exciting animal learning experience? Check out our 30 minute Amazing Animal Encounters! Watch birds of prey fly right over your head, snakes slither across the stage, macaws speak the English language, and much more! Every program showcases different animals, so each day is a unique experience.
Storytime with Beatrix
Fridays • 10:00am at World Bird Sanctuary Rapitque Gift Shop
Admission is Free, $2 donation requested
Seating limited due to COVID-19 restrictions. • Masks required to attend
Looking for some exciting learning for your little ones? Join us for a fun story time experience with Storytime with Beatrix!
We’ll hang out and read a story together, and then you’ll meet one of our animal ambassadors!
Available Daily for Ages 13 and Up
- Each experience approximately 30 minutes.
- Tickets for Guest Experiences available for same-day purchase in our Raptique Gift Shop. Please call ahead to be sure your experience is available for same-day purchase (636) 431-1333.
- Tickets available for purchase online here dates and times are subject to availability. Please email email@example.com before purchasing if you need a specific date.
- Guest Experiences are not guaranteed to be private, unless your group fills the maximum capacity of 15.
- World Bird Sanctuary reserves the right to cancel any Guest Experience due to unforeseen circumstances. In case of cancellation, every attempt will be made to reschedule, or refunds will be offered.
- Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to your Guest Experience to give yourself time to purchase tickets and get to the Guest Experience location.
Parrot Party: daily at 10am
WBS Member Price: $27 each • Non-Member Price: $30 each Buy Tickets Here
This very special Guest Experience features “Waylon,” a blue-and-gold macaw who loves people and attention, and who can step up to your hand and entertain you with a lovable personality and a special ability to mimic certain words. Let one of our Naturalists guide you in this unforgettable experience!
Emu Encounter: daily at 12pm
WBS Member Price: $27 each • Non-Member Price: $30 each Buy Tickets Here
Come meet our emus up close and personal! Offer them food, feel their coarse feathers, and get some amazing pictures with the two best emus around; all while learning about the natural history of emus from one of our Naturalists. You will get to enter their enclosure with the Naturalist to guide you through this one of a kind experience. Children under the age of 13 will be able to enter the corale and interact with the emus through the fence.
Handle an Exotic Raptor: daily at 4pm
WBS Member Price: $36 each • Non-Member Price: $40 each Buy Tickets Here
A very special opportunity, indeed – Let one of our Naturalists guide you on how to hold a non-native raptor! With a special falconry glove provided, one of our feathered ambassadors will step up to your hand, giving you a personal and up-close encounter with a talon-ted predator. Guests may handle Mia our Spectacled Owl.
Paint with Sprinkles: daily upon request
WBS Member Price: $67 each • Non-Member Price: $75 each • $100 if booked the day of
Sprinkles the Emu is painting! Through positive reinforcement, he has been trained to paint with the help of another person. YOU can also paint with Sprinkles, and keep the one of a kind painting that you two make together! We treat the painting once it’s dry and ship it to you. After painting with Sprinkles, spend some quality time with the artist!
You pick 2 colors (additional colors for $5). Ages 5+ (5-12 year olds will need an adult’s assistance) Assisting adults & other non-painting participants will need to purchase Emu Encounter tickets to enter the enclosure, otherwise guests wait in the public viewing area. Sprinkles can only paint 1 painting per day, so booking in advance is recommended. Book by calling 636-225-4390.