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:
- Welcoming friendly and knowledgeable Audubon staff and volunteers
- Engaging exhibits on birds, rivers, and the Mississippi flyway, other wildlife and river ecology
- A panoramic view of Ellis Bay, the Mississippi River and historic downtown Alton
- Premium spotting scopes for amazing close-up views of eagles, swans, herons, egrets and more!
- A warm welcoming setting for viewing wintering Bald Eagles and Trumpeter Swans
- Movies including the 12-minute “Spectacle of Birds”
- Special exhibits, events and presentations, and activities throughout the year including Eagle Fest and Birds of Winter
- Clean public restrooms
- 8.5 miles of trails winding through the Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary for viewing birds and other wildlife, hiking, photography, walking your dog, and enjoying the outdoors!
- Ellis Island trail 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
- Stunning views of the Mississippi River from our wrap-around deck set with rocking chairs made from recycled materials
- Native plant garden
* Some trails are closed from October 15 - April 15 for bird refuge