Visiting the Sanctuary
150-acre Nature Sanctuary open dawn-dusk daily
Please note: The December winter storms brought down many trees at the sanctuary so until further notice, only the Woodpecker, Jay, and Creek trails are currently open.
The Audubon Society of Portland's 150-acre Nature Sanctuary is nestled against Forest Park just five minutes from downtown Portland. The free-to-the-public sanctuary has more than four miles of forested hiking trails and is a showcase for native flora and fauna. You can visit and enjoy the trails year 'round, from dawn to dusk every day.
- Our on-site facilities: The Wildlife Care Center, where you can meet Audubon's educational birds of prey; an interpretive center, which features exhibits, a natural history library and places to watch birds; and the Nature Store.
- The mixed
conifer forest along Balch Creek has a lush understory of Vanilla
Leaf, Fendler's Waterleaf, Swordfern, Western Trillium, Maidenhair Fern, Oregon Grape,
Indian Plum, Salmonberry, and Stinging Nettle. Native plant guide.
- A small stand of old-growth Douglas Firs stands as testimony to the giants that once graced the temperate rainforests of the Pacific Northwest.
- Balch Creek is home to a small population of native Cutthroat Trout. An anadromous species, this population is landlocked due to several culverts along the length of the creek.
- Look for Steller's Jay, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Varied Thrush, Mourning Dove, Pacific Giant Salamander, and Douglas Squirrel, as well as Roughskin Newt, Red-legged Frog and Western Painted Turtle in the pond.
- Our small pond and pavilion structure provide a peaceful place to have lunch and let wildlife come to you. The pond provides sanctuary for a diverse group of amphibians.
- The Wildwood trail and greater Forest Park is accessible from our sanctuary if you would like to lengthen your hike. Pittock Mansion is a short 25 minute hike up the hill from Audubon.
No smoking, pets or bikes | Stay on trails and respect wildlife
Consult our Sanctuary Interpretive Guide for more information