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Plan Your Visit

With 305 acres of hardwood forest, aviaries housing birds from all over the world, and up close and personal encounters available, there is a lot to explore and do at World Bird Sanctuary. Here’s what you need to know to have a great experience.

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.

Entry fees to World Bird Sanctuary are as follows:

$12 Per Car

$20 Per Bus


Thank you for supporting our birds!

Featured Shows

Owl Prowls

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!

Select evenings November through March

World Bird Sanctuary's

Guest Experiences

Are you ready for an exciting animal experience? Check out our 30 minute amazing animal encounters! Watch birds of prey fly right over your head in one of our free shows, or book an up close experience that you’ll never forget!

Parrot Meet & Greet
daily at 10 am

This very special Guest Experience features one of our very social parrots who love people and attention. They will 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!

(unavailable in colder months)

WBS Member Price: $36/group Non-Member Price: $40/group

Emu Encounter
daily at 1 pm

*currently unavailable*

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.

Entering the emu exhibit is available for guests age 13+, younger guests will be able to enter the corale and interact with the emus through the fence.

WBS Member Price: $45/adult, $14/child (in corale)
Non-Member Price:
$50/adult, $15/child (in corale)

Handle an Exotic Raptor
daily at 2 pm

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.

Handling an exotic raptor is available for guests age 13+, younger guests are welcome to observe

WBS Member Price: $45/each Non-Member Price: $50/each

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

WOW! Amazing Animal Show

Available on select Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays at 1 pm until Labor Day
FREE with admission Reserve Your Spot Here

Are you ready for an exciting animal experience? Check out our 30 minute Amazing Animal Show! Watch birds of prey fly right over your head, macaws speak the English language, and much more! Every program showcases different animals, so each day is a unique experience.

Paint with Sprinkles: daily upon request

*currently unavailable due to avian influenza*
WBS Member Price: $67 each • Non-Member Price: $75 each • $100 if booked the day of
Call 636-225-4390 ext 1001 for reservations

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: First and Third Mondays at 10 am, May through October

Free with admission, $2 donation requested Reserve Your Spot Here

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!

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


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.