Plan Your Visit

Our Location

125 Bald Eagle Ridge Rd.
Valley Park, MO 63088

Opening hours

Open Daily 8am – 5pm

Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas

Call us

Phone: (636) 225-4390

Please reach out anytime for assistance. We are here to help.


Map of World Bird Sanctuary

For the safety of our animals, no pets, service animals or smoking is allowed

Please abide by this rule for the safety of our birds. Please call prior to visiting for special assistance (636) 225-4390.

Wildlife Hospital

The Kathryn G. Favre Wildlife Hospital is closed to the general public. Please call (636) 861-1392 or email to schedule your private tour today.

Winter Advisory

If it has snowed in the St. Louis area in the last 10 days please call ahead and make sure that we are open. Icy conditions can persist for about 10 days after it has snowed.


Ticketing for our bird shows and guest encounters.

Guided Tours

Allow one of our expert Naturalists to take you on a tour of our facilities. Learn about the 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

Seasonal Shows

Amazing Animal Show: Saturday & Sunday at 11 am & 3 pm until May 28th
General Admission: $10 • Children under 16: $5 • Children under 5: 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.

WOW! A World of Wings: Friday through Monday at 11 am & 3 pm, Thursday at 6 pm  May 28th – Sept 6th
General Admission: $10 • Children under 16: $5 • Children under 5: Free Buy Tickets Here
The world is full of many amazing things, but at World Bird Sanctuary we are celebrating a World of Wings! Join us this summer to see hawks, eagles, owls, vultures and more! Flying, flapping, hopping, skipping, singing, our birds do it all. Come see all the cool things that birds do and learn all of the ways birds impact the world, from your daily life to entire ecosystems. You’ll see why birds are simply the best animals on the whole planet!

Guest Experiences

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! Available Daily for Ages 13 and Up.

Parrot Party: (currently unavailable during colder weather)

WBS Member Price: $27 each • Non-Member Price: $30 each Book your 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 1 pm

WBS Member Price: $27 each • Non-Member Price: $30 each Book your tickets here
Come meet “Sprinkles” 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 2 pm

WBS Member Price: $36 each • Non-Member Price: $40 each Book your 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.

Books & Buddies: Fridays at 10 am
Admission is Free, $2 donation requested
Seating limited due to COVID-19 restrictions. • Masks required to attend
Looking for some exciting outdoor learning for your little ones? Join us for a fun story time experience with Books & Buddies!
We’ll hang out outside and read a story together, and then you’ll meet one of our animal ambassadors!

Bird Banding Demonstrations

See you in Summer of 2021! • 8:00am – 11:00am at World Bird Sanctuary near the Gift Shop
Watch our field studies crew catch, band and release song birds on site as part of the World Bird Sanctuary Songbird Population Study! Join the World Bird Sanctuary Field Studies Team for a bird banding demonstration which includes: capturing birds in mist nets, extracting birds from nets, banding (placing an aluminum anklet with a unique ID number) and recording scientific data (height, weight, tail length, etc.). We start at 8:00am with setting up the mist nets and getting the banding station set up to measure, record data, band the birds captured. You may even get to release the bird back into the wild! All information collected helps songbirds nationwide as part of the World Bird Sanctuary Songbird Population Study and the MAPS National Program on Songbird Study.

Hiking Trails

Our trails range from easy to moderate, with the easy hikes being suitable for all ages. Hickory Trail starts at the far end of the exhibit line and is .2 mile long. Tunnel Trail trail head 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.

Special Events, Classes & Experiences

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