EDIT: 8/17/2021 Due to the rise in local Covid cases, the Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma has suspended all visitors on tribal grounds and travel. Therefore, all tours, volunteers, and outreach programs for the Grey Snow Eagle House have been suspended until further notice.
Guided tours are currently being booked by appointment only for Saturdays at 10:00AM with a maximum of 10 people. Due to new Covid policies, we cannot book multiple groups together. It is recommended that you call at least three weeks in advance to ensure that you will be able to obtain your desired date. When the weather cools down, we will reopen our 2:00PM time slot. Once we can re-establish our volunteer program (which ceased due to Covid), our Sunday tours will resume.
Due to the new Covid policy about not combining groups into a single tour, we anticipate tours will book up more quickly than usual. Please contact us as soon as you know when you want to take a tour.
School groups/large groups (maximum: 30ppl) 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 due to the high demand of this program. For large groups, we ask that you stay at your bus/vehicles on your arrival and tour guides will meet you in the parking lot where the group will be divided into smaller groups for the tour. We would really appreciate it if large groups were already divided into groups of no more than 10 people and the members of your group know which group they are in.
This page will be updated as new tour days and times open up.
- 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 provide tours that are not on our assigned tour days or at different times. We are a working facility. Non-tour days and times are fully devoted to eagle care and facility maintenance. Therefore, we do not book tours other than what is described on this page.
- When should I book my tour?
We recommend that you book your tour as soon as you are interested in a particular date! Thursdays book up quickly at the start of each semester and during nice weather. The weekend tours book up quickly as well. Please be aware that drop in and last minute scheduled tours are difficult to accommodate for as we do not always have enough staff members present to provide a tour.
- When is the best time of year to see the birds?
The best time to plan your visit is spring-mid summer and fall-early winter. We stop offering afternoon tours once the heat is a consistent 95 degrees and do not provide tours if the temperature is below 40 degrees. In the winter, we install winterizing panels on the enclosures to keep the wind off the birds and the workers. Unfortunately, these panels do limit the viewing of the birds. However, these decisions have been made to ensure the eagles are kept in good health and well-being.
- 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.
- What do tours cost?
Tours are always free, but we appreciate it if you make a donation or stop by our gift shop!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 conducted outside, rain or unexpected cold/warm fronts that drastically change the weather may make us call and reschedule. We may also have to cancel a tour if we get a call to rescue an injured eagle. We always call a few hours in advance to give you as much notice as possible.
- 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 giving 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.
10. Do we need to wear a mask for a tour?
As the GSEH is a department in the Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma, we must follow the tribe’s current Covid policies. Current policies state that all guest must wear masks when inside. Therefore, during the inside portions of the tour, guest will be required to wear a mask to protect our staff.
11. When will the Covid tour policies stop? When will you start booking multiple groups together again so the wait time is not as long? When will more time slots open?
At this time, we do not have a timeline for ceasing the Covid policies. We want to make sure our staff and guests are as safe as possible during tours. Therefore, we follow the CDC guidelines and will update this page as soon as changes occur.