Nature and Raptor Center of Pueblo


Education | Conservation | Recreation

The mission of the Nature and Raptor Center of Pueblo is to provide unique experiences in education, conservation and recreation that inspire environmental stewardship.
Nature and Raptor Center of Pueblo

Raptor Center

Birds are rehabilitated and released back into the habitat they came from.

Birds are rehabilitated and released back into the habitat they came from.

Open Tuesday – Sunday from 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM  (Closed on Mondays)

Founded in 1981, the raptor facility at the Nature and Raptor Center of Pueblo is a wildlife rehabilitation facility that specializes in birds of prey. Each year more than 200 injured and orphaned birds of prey are admitted to the facility from throughout southeastern Colorado. The birds are provided with the best possible care with the hope that they will soon be returned to the wild. Half of these birds of prey will be returned. But a very special few remain at the center due to permanent disabilities.

These “resident raptors” become a very vital part of our staff and will assist with our educational efforts. Over 8,000 school children participate in educational field trips at the facility each year. We offer educational opportunities for all ages, both on and off-site on a variety of topics. In addition to the raptor facility, the Nature and Raptor Center is open to the public throughout the year and offers a multitude of recreational opportunities.The Nature and Raptor Center of Pueblo is funded through memberships, donations, grants and special events. The facility operates under permits from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Colorado Parks & Wildlife.


The NRCP offers programs on Birds of Prey for school groups, conferences, birthday parties and more.

The NRCP offers programs on Birds of Prey for school groups, conferences, birthday parties and more.

 

Wildlife & Rehabilitation Links

Colorado Wildlife Rehabilitation Centers

National Wildlife Rehabilitators Association

International Wildlife Rehabilitation Council

Colorado Parks & Wildlife

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Bring the Wild Into Your Classroom!

Learn about hawks, owls, eagles, falcons and vultures through a live bird of prey program. Our programs are science based and correlated to Colorado’s Model Content Standards for science and are designed to support your school’s STEM education goals. Choose between Birds of Prey, Owls of Colorado, or Bird of Prey Pellet Dissection Lab! To schedule your group for a program, please call us at 719-549-2458.

 Raptor Talks

John Gallagher does a Raptor Talk with Lurch our Turkey Vulture

John Gallagher does a Raptor Talk with Lurch our Turkey Vulture

The Nature and Raptor Center is proud to announce the weekend Raptor Talks. Each talk will take place at the Raptor Center every Saturday and Sunday at 11:30am. This is a free event where visitors are able to get up close to the Centers birds of prey. The knowledgeable staff and volunteers are happy to answer any questions about each bird such as their hunting habits, eating habits, life style, and life span. Each bird participating in the Raptor Talks is a permanent resident of the Raptor Center and has a personal story. Some of the birds are also part of the Center’s Adopt a Raptor program. Don’t miss out on these special events. See you this weekend for the Raptor Talk.