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An award-winning nature center just south of downtown Phoenix

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Hours and Information

Location: 3131 South Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85040

Hours: To take precaution against COVID-19, the Rio Salado Audubon Center is currently closed. 
All in-person events and programs are cancelled. We will continue to monitor the situation and will bring you excellent Audubon programming as soon as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

On days the Center is closed, the birds will still be here. You can explore the Rio Salado Habitat Restoration Area and enjoy the trails outside of Audubon's gates. Trailheads are open 7 days a week, 365 days a year, from dawn to 7 p.m. or dusk (whicever comes first). Follow national guidelines for safe social distancing in parks and on trails.

Contact: riosalado@audubon.org | 602.468.6470
 

About the Center

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 headquarters of the Arizona state office of the National Audubon Society.

Opened in October 2009, the Nina Mason Pulliam Rio Salado Audubon Center is a 7,850 ft² nature center in the heart of Phoenix's Rio Salado Habitat Restoration Area, a 600-acre park in the historic Salt River corridor. Located 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 admission for all, the Center hosts interactive exhibits, an interpretive loop trail, connections to the Rio Salado Restoration Habitat Area's sixteen miles of trails, and a variety of programs, including bird walks, wildlife encounters, volunteer opportunities, school field trip programs, and more.

Designed by Weddle Gilmore Architects, the Nina Mason Pulliam Rio Salado Audubon Center is the City of Phoenix's first Platinum LEED building. Sustainable features include a photovoltaic system, a waste water recycling system, low water use fixtures, pervious surfaces and bioswales to capture rain and run-off water, and energy efficient mechanical and electrical systems. 

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The Rio Salado Habitat Restoration Area
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The Rio Salado Habitat Restoration Area

Once a dried-up riverbed full of trash, the Rio Salado Habitat is now home to over 200 species of birds and animals

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