Guided tours are booked by appointment only for Saturdays and Sundays at 10:00 and 2:00 for no more than 15 people per time slot. It is recommended that you call at least two weeks in advance to ensure that you will be able to obtain your desired day for weekends. School groups/large groups (no more than 30) are welcome to book a tour on Thursdays by appointment only. It is recommended that you book at least two months in advance for school/large groups. We ask that you please call 24 hours before your appointment to confirm you are still coming for the scheduled tour. As multiple groups may be booked with you, we ask that you show up as close to your scheduled time as possible as we will not be able to start tours early and late groups will have to begin a tour which has already started.
1. Can I do a tour on days other than weekends or Thursday? Can we do a different time than is offered?
It is very difficult for us to schedule tours that are not our regular tour days or at different times. We are a working facility and therefore have many projects that are scheduled during the other days of the week.
2. When should I book my tour?
We recommend that you book your tour as soon as you are interested in a particular date. It is very difficult for us to schedule drop in tours or tours that are scheduled at the last minute as we may be already booked up or we do not have the staff numbers scheduled that day to provide a tour. Furthermore, Thursdays book up quickly at the start of each semester and if the weather is nice, the weekend tours book up quickly as well.
3. When is the best time of year to see the birds?
The best time of year to view the birds is spring-mid summer and fall-early winter. We shut down the facility for afternoon tours once the heat is a consistent 95 degrees every day and do not provide tours if the temperature is under 40 degrees. We also put up winter panels on the facility in the winter to try to keep the wind off of the birds and the workers. These decisions have been made to insure the eagles are kept in good health and well-being
4. Do tours get to handle/touch the birds?
No, due to permitting requirements as well as the well-being of our birds, no birds are ever able to be handled by the public.
5. What do tours cost?
Tours are always free, but we appreciate it if you make a donation or stop by our gift shop!
6. There is only a small number in our group/I am by myself. Can I still do a tour?
Of course! We will be more than happy to schedule you on a weekend. You may be scheduled with other groups to help fill up the time slot!
7. I do not want a guided tour. I just want to walk around. Is that an option?
No, we are a sanctuary and therefore do not allow people to give self-guided tours or walk around our facility without a staff member at any time. This includes before and after a tour is given.
8. Will the GSEH ever cancel a tour?
Unfortunately, at times it may be necessary for us to cancel a tour the day it is booked. As tours are completely outside, rain or unexpected cold/warm fronts that drastically change the weather may make us call and reschedule the tour. We may also have to cancel a tour if we get a call pertaining to picking up an injured eagle. We always call a few hours in advance to give you as much notice as possible.
9. What time should I arrive for my tour?
Please arrive for your tour no more than 5-10 minutes early. As we are a working facility and do not have staff dedicated to tours, we must make sure all of our duties such as passing out medication, caring for critically injured eagles, and feeding our resident population of birds is done on time. We will not be able to let you on the grounds if you arrive earlier than your tour is scheduled.
Please call 405-880-0734 to request a tour, thank you.