Open House Information

Open houses are rare opportunities to see the inner workings of one of the nation’s premier wildlife hospitals, as well as meet some of the wildlife that serve as the Center’s education ambassadors.

The Wildlife Center of Virginia has scheduled three open houses for Summer 2014. As a wildlife emergency room and hospital, the Wildlife Center is not usually open to the public. The seasonal open houses are the times during the year when visitors may tour the Waynesboro facility.  

The open houses will be held on:

  • Saturday, July 5: Tours at 1:00 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. [Both tours now full]
  • Thursday, July 10: Tours at 1:00 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.  [Both tours now full]
  • Saturday, July 12:  Tours at 1:00 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.  [Both tours now full]

Each open house includes a tour of our medical clinic, exam room, and operating suite.

You’ll also meet some of the Center’s education animals – the non-releasable animals that are permanent residents here, including Buddy [a Bald Eagle], Gus [a Barred Owl], and Buttercup [a charismatic Black Vulture]. [As these animals live in outdoor homes, these tours are offered weather permitting.] Patients and patient enclosures will not be seen during the Open Houses.

There is no charge, but reservations are required – and we generally fill up quickly. A limited number of spaces are available for each session.

All tours are now full, and those who did not make it into an open house have been added to the waiting list.  Fall open house dates will begin in late August!

Please note: Reservations for open houses may be made for up to five individuals; children should be accompanied by parents or guardians. Open house tours are not recommended for children under the age of five. We encourage larger groups [schools, scout troops, etc.] to contact our Outreach department to make alternate arrangements. 

If you'd like to be added to our e-mail list and receive notifications of future open house dates [and other Wildlife Center events], please email your contact information to  The Wildlife Center typically offers three open house dates in July; Fall open house dates take place late August - early October.

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