Dogwood Canyon Audubon Center

Black-capped Chickadee Photo: A.J. Collette/Audubon Photography Awards

NOTICES REGARDING COVID-19

Updated April 6, 2020 at 11:15am CT: 

We have regretfully made the decision to fully close the Dogwood Canyon Audubon Center property as of March 24 and continuing until further notice. This closure includes the trails, Nature Play area, the basin, and the building. Accessing trails or any other portion of the property during the closure is considered criminal trespassing and may be prosecuted. This decision was made to protect our community of staff, local residents, volunteers, and visitors during this public health emergency. We appreciate your understanding and compliance with all "shelter in place" and social distancing orders. You can continue to reach the staff via e-mail at dcac@audubon.org or by phone at (469) 526-1980.  

Please follow us on Facebook for the most up-to-date information on events. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at DCAC@audubon.org.

If you are stuck indoors and need a birdy distraction, here is a beautiful page filled with Audubon’s favorite bird photos, videos, and stories. We will continue to interact with our audience via social media. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram.

We appreciate your support and encourage you to support our center by making a donation online or joining our center as a member.

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Where the Texas Hill Country Meets Dallas County

At Dogwood Canyon Audubon Center, the ecosystems of east, west and central Texas converge, making the canyon an ideal location for learning about environmental science and nature. Audubon preserves natural habitat of over 200 acres, a portion of the surrounding 3,000+ acre greenbelt near Cedar Hill State Park and Cedar Ridge Preserve, which is managed by Audubon Dallas.

Dogwood Canyon Audubon Center has over 2 miles of hiking trails reaching some of the highest elevations in Dallas County, allowing visitors a view of Joe Pool Lake and, on a clear day, to Cowboys Stadium in Arlington and beyond. The center's Nature Play area with picnic tables, bird blind with a rain catchment system, education animals on site, a resident raptor, indoor bird viewing area, gift shop, special events and programs enable Dogwood Canyon to serve the community by connecting people with nature, especially thousands of school children that visit on environmental science field trips each year. 

Set at the mouth of a forested canyon, Dogwood Canyon is one of the few remaining places in Dallas County to observe native trees, grasses, wildflowers, butterflies, birds, insects, reptiles, etc. in a natural setting. The greenbelt area that includes the center is an important stopover for migrating birds and other species.

More Information

Book a School Field Trip

— We are now accepting booking requests for the 2019-2020 school year! Get more details about our many academic programs and how to book. Come to our center, or we can come to your campus. DISD teachers, we accept Learning Partners vouchers from Big Thought!

Current Highlights

School Programs
Academics

School Programs

Introduce your students to nature and customized programming to reinforce TEKS-aligned science concepts.

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Private Live Bird of Prey Encounter
Programs

Private Live Bird of Prey Encounter

Get nose to beak with a live bird of prey!

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Badge Programs
Programs

Badge Programs

Get outdoors for adventure & earn all badge requirements at Dogwood Canyon!

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Priority Birds
Birds

Priority Birds

The birds whose habitat we protect.

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 Conservation Treks
Programs

Audubon Conservation Treks

Join Audubon on a life-changing multi-day outdoor adventure (Grades 6-12)

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Volunteer Opportunities
About

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteering is an exciting and rewarding way to participate with Audubon.

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Dog Days Saturdays
Programs

Dog Days Saturdays

Enjoy our trails with your furry friend on Saturdays.

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How you can help, right now