Sanctuary Tours

Experience the majesty of an old-growth forest only minutes from downtown Portland! Explore our incredible 172-acre sanctuary as you hike along with an experienced Portland Audubon Naturalist. Discover the many animals living in and around the protected Balch Creek watershed and our sanctuary’s pond, then walk into a stand of old-growth forest.

Students’ senses will be filled with the smell of the forest, the sounds of birds calling and mammals scurrying about the forest floor and trees.

Sanctuary Tours (Option 1) run from 10 am to 12 pm during the school year. Sanctuary Tours with an Educational Program (Option 2 and 3) run from 10 am to 1:30 pm. Programs in our Sanctuary are available Tuesday through Friday for ages K-12.

During the tour, participants will also visit the outside space of our Wildlife Care Center (our hospital for injured wildlife), handle bird nests and animal skins, and see forest birds up close at our window feeders. To register or for more information, please email Tara Lemezis:

Sliding scale discounts are available for all Title 1 schools. Please contact us for more info. 

Option Tour type Group size Program length Fee
1 Sanctuary tour only Up to 40 students 2 hours $8 per student
2 Sanctuary tour with one traveling program* Up to 40 students 2-hour tour and 1-hour program. 30 minute lunch break in between $8 per student for the tour + $75 for the program
3 Sanctuary tour with two traveling programs* Up to 60 students 1.5-hour tour and 1.5-hour program for each class. 30 minute lunch
break in between
$8 per student for the tour + $150 for the 2 programs