Visiting the Sanctuary
Nestled against Forest Park, five minutes from downtown Portland, is our 143-acre, free-to-the-public Nature Sanctuary. Our wildlife sanctuary is a showcase for native flora and fauna. It has over four miles of forested hiking trails for you to enjoy year 'round (map). Directions to Audubon Sanctuary Trails are open dawn to dusk every day
conifer forest along Balch Creek has a lush understory of Vanilla
Leaf, Fendler's Waterleaf, Swordfern, Western Trillium, Maiden Hair Fern, Oregon Grape,
Indian Plum, Salmonberry, and Stinging Nettle. Native Plant Interpretive Guide
A small stand of old growth Douglas Firs stands as testimony to the giants that once graced the temperate rainforests of the Pacific Northwest.
Balch Creek is home to a small population of native Cutthroat Trout. An anadromous species, this population is landlocked due to several culverts along the length of the creek.
for Steller's Jay, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Varied Thrush, Mourning
Dove, Pacific Giant Salamander, and Douglas Squirrel, as well
as Roughskin Newt, Red-legged Frog and Western Painted Turtle in
Our small pond and pavilion structure provide a peaceful place to have lunch and let the wildlife come to you. The pond provides sanctuary to a diverse group of amphibians.
The Wildwood trail and greater Forest Park is accessible from our sanctuary if you would like to lengthen your hike. Pittock Mansion is a short 25 minute hike up the hill from Portland Audubon.
Wildlife Care Center: Open 365 days per year, our care center is the oldest and busiest wildlife rehabilitation center in Oregon.
Trail Map: Trails are open dawn to dusk every day