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What to do at the Audubon Center at Riverlands

Nature is waiting for you at Riverlands!
Trumpeter Swans Photo: Kent Burgess
Visit

What to do at the Audubon Center at Riverlands

Nature is waiting for you at Riverlands!

The Audubon Center at Riverlands is open 7 days a week from 8 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

The Riverlands Migratory Birds Sanctuary is open 7 days a week from sunrise to sunset.

Visitors to The Audubon Center at Riverlands will enjoy:

Inside the Center

  • Welcoming and knowledgeable Audubon staff and volunteers
  • Engaging exhibits on birds, other wildlife and river ecology
  • A panoramic view of Ellis Bay, the Mississippi River and historic downtown Alton
  • Premium spotting scopes for close-up views of eagles, swans, herons, egrets and other waterfowl visiting Ellis Bay
  • A climate controlled setting for viewing wintering Bald Eagles and Trumpeter Swans
  • Movies including the 12-minute “Spectacle of Birds”
  • Special exhibits and activities throughout the year including Eagle Days
  • Public restrooms

Outside the Center

  • 8.5 miles of trails spanning 3,700 acres of the Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary for viewing birds and other wildlife, hiking, photography, walking your dog, enjoying the outdoors and more!
  • Ellis Island on the Mississippi River with parking access and trail
  • Ellis Bay for kayaking, paddle boarding, canoeing and fishing
  • Picnic areas
  • An Avian Observatory designed by Washington University School of Architecture specifically for intimate views of water birds and other wildlife on Heron Pond
  • A scenic overlook Ellis Bay
  • A beautiful view of the Mississippi River from our wrap-around deck set with rocking chairs made from recycled materials
  • Native plant garden

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