Portland Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary
Note: Visiting During COVID-19
The Portland Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary trails are open to visitors. We have made adjustments to keep our community safe while still providing much needed access to nature.
Before you arrive, please make note of the following:
- Most trails are now one-way loops
- Observe all trail signs & maintain physical distancing
- No public restroom or water access
- The Nature Store is open for online orders, but not for physical visitors. They offer deliver and curb-side pick up options.
- The Wildlife Care Center remains open. Please view their COVID-19 protocols for dropping off injured and orphaned wildlife here.
Portland Audubon’s 172-acre Wildlife Sanctuary is nestled against Forest Park just ten minutes from downtown Portland. The free-to-the-public sanctuary is family friendly, has more than four miles of forested hiking trails, and is a safe-haven for native flora and fauna.
Our on-site facilities include the Wildlife Care Center, outdoor enclosures where you can meet educational birds, an interpretive center which features exhibits and places to watch birds, and the Nature Store.
Visit us at 5151 NW Cornell Road, Portland, OR 97210
What to Know Before You Arrive
- The wildlife sanctuary is free to the public and family friendly.
- Our trails are open from dawn until dusk. View our trail map.
- The interpretive center and all gender single-use public bathroom are open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- No dogs are allowed on Portland Audubon’s Wildlife Sanctuary trails, please. Birds and other animals have keen senses of sight, smell and hearing; they think of dogs – even the friendliest ones – as predators. Upper Macleay in Forest Park is dog friendly and right next to our sanctuary.
- Our sanctuary is smoke and fire free.
- We do not offer public rentals.
- Be considerate and respectful of the wildlife, the land, and other visitors.
Plants and Wildlife
Walk our trails to find plant species like Western Red Cedar, Douglas Fir, Vine Maple, and Western Hemlock, with understories of Salal, Sword Fern, Trillium, and Thimble Berry. A small stand of old-growth Douglas Firs stands as testimony to the giants that once graced the temperate rainforests of the Pacific Northwest.
Listen, look for sign, and watch for wildlife like Northern Pygmy Owls, Anna’s Hummingbirds, Varied Thrush, Steller’s Jays, Pacific Wrens, Pileated Woodpeckers, Wilson’s Warblers, Chestnut-backed Chickadees Coastal Giant Salamanders, Red-legged Frogs, Rough-skinned Newts, and Douglas Squirrels. View our bird checklist for the sanctuary!
History: A Timeline
The 172-acre Portland Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary exists today thanks to families and donors who have permanently attached their legacies to Portland Audubon through generous acts to expand this special place and protect habitat and wildlife.
1929: Portland Audubon’s acquires it’s first piece of land, when 12 acres of a former dairy farm were purchased with private funds.
1930: The Pittock family donated 18 acres.
1982/1983: Additional land protections occurred in 1982, establishing the 34-acre Uhtoff Sanctuary.
2008: The 86-acre Collins Sanctuary, owned by Metro and managed by Portland Audubon, was added to the sanctuary.
2018: The Kehoe family donated 22-acres, adding the Katherine Lynn Kehoe Sanctuary.