Yes, we are open for visitors! We are so glad we can still be a place of refuge and connection to wildlife in these unusual times. Come get outside and up close with our beautiful birds!
Masks are required for visitors age 5 and up. See below for our updated COVID-19 visiting guidelines. The safety of ALL is something we take very seriously. Without a healthy staff and volunteer animal care team, the well-being of birds in our care is at risk. To keep both both them and you safe, we need your help in complying with these guidelines during your visit.
COVID-19 Visiting Guidelines
1. Ticketing is ONLINE with timed reservations to help us monitor visitor numbers and ensure adequate distancing. Timeslots are for entry only, not exiting. We encourage you to spend as much time here as you’d like! If you need assistance with purchasing, please call 541-485-1320, ext. 0.
2. Face masks are required for visitors age 5 and up to help us protect each other. Although our center is outdoors, some trails are narrow and cannot all be made one-way.
- Masks with valves, mesh, or cutouts are not adequate face coverings because they allow droplets to be released. Face shields are not recommended to be used alone, though for some individuals, they may be medically necessary.
3. NO restrooms on site. Due to limited staff and the need for very frequent disinfecting to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in tight quarters, we will not be able to provide public restrooms at this time. There is a portable toilet available at the trailhead right across the street.
4. No picnics on site.
5. Please observe traffic flow signage and give others space. Follow one-way signs, yield to others on narrow paths, and remain at least 6 feet from other groups.
– Though not specific to COVID requirements – NO DOGS are allowed, even in cars. Canines are natural predators of raptors, and raptors’ extremely keen eyesight makes them able to spot dogs at a great distance. A resident bird spooked by a dog can incur serious injuries or training setbacks from only a single encounter. See here for our policy on service animals.
— Based on the current coronavirus surge, we recommend that you visit the Raptor Center only with members of your household or your household plus one other, limiting total group size to no more than 6 people. As the Lane County COVID data improves, these recommendations will change.
— The interior of our Visitor Center will be closed, as the space is too small to allow proper physical distancing. However, you can still purchase anything in our gift shop inventory – just ask the greeter for assistance! – or order your raptor gear from our online store.
— Our Added Personal Safety Measures: Staff and volunteers will all be wearing masks indoors and out (except when working with certain birds). We are also utilizing hand sanitizer and handwashing stations, a plexiglass barrier at check-in, and recyclable maps. High-touch surfaces are being sanitized regularly throughout the day.