Photo: Luke Franke/Audubon

Opened in October 2009, the Nina Mason Pulliam Rio Salado Audubon Center is a nature center located in the heart of Phoenix's Rio Salado Habitat Restoration Area. Less than two miles from downtown Phoenix, the Center is a gateway to a lush Sonoran riparian habitat used by more than 200 species of birds and other wildlife. 

Offering free general admission for all, the center hosts interactive nature and wildlife-science learning exhibits, nature trails, and unique birdwatching opportunities in the heart of the city. We offer a variety of programs and community events, including free Saturday Morning Bird Walks, Wildlife Encounters, Field Trips, volunteering opportunities and so much more!

About National Audubon Society
Audubon's mission is to protect birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow, using science, advocacy, education, and on-the-ground conservation. The Nina Mason Pulliam Rio Salado Audubon Center is the Arizona headquarters of the Southwest office for National Audubon Society. 

Conservation Programs
Conservation Programs

Conservation Programs

Find information about Downtown Owls and other conservation programs and opportunities

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Education Programs
Education Programs

Education Programs

Find information about field trips and other educational opportunities for K-8th grade youth

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Visit Us!


Come visit us and our wild feathered friends! Explore our interpretive learning center, join a guided bird walk, or learn more about opportunities take more conservation actions with us!
Location: 3131 South Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85040
Open Hours: Tuesday — Saturday | 8:00 am — 12:00 pm
We are closed Sunday - Monday, and during most holidays.

Even when we are closed, the birds are still here! Hiking and bike trails all around Rio Salado Habitat Restoration Area are open for free, 7 days a week - 365 days a year, from dawn to 7 p.m. or dusk (whichever comes first).

Free Guided Bird Walks - Every first and third Saturday from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. Please meet inside the center 5-10 minutes before departure time. Read more details here.

Note: Due to ongoing light rail construction, currently only the north-bound lane on Central Avenue has access to our entrance. If traveling in south-bound lanes, simply u-turn where permitted.

Birds at our Center

Black Phoebe

Latin:  Sayornis nigricans

Illustration for Black Phoebe

Abert's Towhee

Latin:  Melozone aberti

Illustration for Abert's Towhee

Gambel's Quail

Latin:  Callipepla gambelii

Illustration for Gambel's Quail


Latin:  Auriparus flaviceps

Illustration for Verdin

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