Sims Bayou Nature Center
3997 River Dr.
United States
-95° -95' 20.2836" N 29° 29' 12.9876" W

The Houston Audubon Raptor and Education Center (HAREC) at Sims Bayou is a picturesque 1.1-acre sanctuary located in historic Park Place on the original channel of Sims Bayou. The center is home to Houston Audubon’s education department, including our raptor ambassadors and other education animals. 

Come by to visit our raptors and other education animals in their beautiful home, while learning about these animals from our wonderful education team. 

The sanctuary contains raptor mews (or aviaries), a log cabin, a barn, a nature store, a gazebo, gardens, a pond with native plants, and seasonal wetland trails that afford a unique opportunity to experience nature in a dense urban setting. Many of our education programs are held at the Raptor and Education Center, including camps and field trips as well as programs for schools, scouts, adults, and other community outreach events.

Address: 3997 River Drive, Houston, TX 77017  Map and directions.

Phone: (713) 640-2407

Hours: The  Raptor and Education Center is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 AM - 4 PM, by appointment only. Please contact us by phone at (713) 640-2407 to make an appointment.

Pricing: Free for members; $5/person for non-members. Click here to become a member. 

All groups of 8+ must schedule a tour or class in advance. For more information, please contact Mary Anne Weber, Education Director, at

While we are currently open, please check this page before visiting for the latest updates in response to COVID-19. 


Things To Do: 
Wildlife Watching