FAQ for Tours
Please read through the FAQ and book your tour at the bottom of the page.
Covid notes: We are only booking tours for the current month to avoid cancellations if the tribe closes again. We are continuing to only book one group/tour slot. All tours are subject to last minute cancellations due to covid regulations set forth by the tribe.
- When are tours offered?
Guided tours are currently being booked by appointment only for Saturdays and Sundays at 2:00PM with a maximum of 10 people.
Large groups (such as school groups with no more than 30) can book on Thursdays. 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.
- Can I do a tour on days other than weekends or Thursday? Can we do a different time than is offered?
No. 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.
- How do I book a tour.
Tours scheduled for the weekends can book their tour using the online form below. Thursday tours need to call the office 405-334-7471.
- 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.
- 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 guests must wear masks when inside. Therefore, during the inside portions of the tour, guests will be required to wear a mask to protect our staff.
- What do the colors on the calendar mean? Why can’t I click on a certain day?
Days that are red are completely booked up and therefore not available. If a day is showing as yellow, there are pending tour requests that need to be approved by aviary management.
Since we are only booking tours in the current month due to covid, you can only click on weekend days in the current month. Monday-Fridays are not available.