The Grange Insurance Audubon Center offers fun events and activities for all ages to connect with nature. The Audubon Center is located in downtown Columbus, but you’ll feel like you are away from the city and immersed in nature along the Scioto River.
Grange Audubon Center offers STEAM-based programming for youth, birding and conservation experiences, as well as indoor and outdoor fun.
Upcoming Fun at Grange Insurance Audubon Center
Bow for Birds Scavenger Hunt
January 20-March 10, 2024
Bows for Birds is a challenge that invites families to discover and explore the Scioto Audubon Metro Park while learning about and identifying bird species that exist year-round in Ohio.
Pick up a scavenger hunt form/map at the Grange Insurance Audubon Center’s welcome desk which can be used to locate trees within the park marked with a large bows. Once the tree with the bow is found, there will be an informative clue (on signage) leading participants to find a specific bird species nearby.
There will be six hand-made painted, wooden cut-out birds (to scale/life size) installed throughout the park. PLEASE SHARE photos of the birds on social mediat at (#cbusbows4birds) when they are found without giving away the exact locations to motivate people to get outside and find the birds!
All correct entry forms turned in by March 10, 2024 will be entered into a drawing for a prize raffle at the conclusion of the event.
Each Thursday morning at 10:00 am kids enjoy nature-themed, read-alouds and maybe sing a song or two. Stay after to visit our ambassador animals, check out an adventure backpack or just enjoy our gardens and some outdoor play time in the surrounding Scioto Audubon Metro Park.
Registration is required, program is free.
27th annual Great Backyard Bird Count
Saturday, February 17 at 10 am and 1 pm.
During each hike, participants will walk around the Scioto Audubon Metro Park to watch, learn about, and count all of the birds we can. After each hike, we will submit our count as a group using eBird.
Meet us inside the center at your selected hike time. Birders of all experience levels are welcome, and bringing binoculars is encouraged. If you don’t have binoculars, we have pairs that can be checked out with a valid ID at the center. Sign up here.
Beginner Bird Hike
Most Saturday mornings through June 1, from 10 – 11:30 am
Take a guided hike with our Grange Insurance Audubon Center Educators or Columbus Audubon Volunteers to see what birds you can find in your Scioto Audubon Metro Park each Saturday at 10 am.
Guided hikes will give you the basics of birding and help you learn about areas in our park that are great for birdwatching! You can enjoy self-guided hikes in the park anytime during open hours.
Columbus Audubon Monthly Program
Join Columbus Audubon each month for a free in-person series in partnership with and located at Grange Insurance Audubon Center. Events include speakers, conservation education and updates, prizes, and refreshments. Held of the 4th Tuesday of the month through May. Doors open at 6:30 pm.
February 27, 2024: The Salmon Effect with Tom Sheley
Reserve a private playtime!
Small indoor play room with books, bird watching, costumes, climbing structure and cave.
Reserve your playtime! Have an adventure while engaging in imaginative play in the Grange Insurance Audubon Center Forest Room Playroom and Climbing Area with your family and/or playgroup. No more than 40 in the group (infants included).
Reservations are $25-$40. Birthday parties can add an additional party space with tables and chairs where you can have birthday treats and beverages for $100. See website for details and cancellation policies. Reserve your playtime here.
Past events at Grange; tba for 2024
Juneteenth/Summer Celebration at The Grange Insurance Audubon Center
Sunday, June 19, 2023 from 1 pm -7:30 pm
An entire day of nature, art, community, family, music & more!
Red, White & Boom Fundraiser Celebration 2022
Friday, July 1, 2022 at 5:30 pm
General Admission: Provides access to Nocterra Brewing Company Beer Garden 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Beer tickets available at $8/beer. No preferred parking access.
General Admission ticket holders are encouraged to find a spot in the park and reserve it for viewing the fireworks after access to the Nocterra beer garden closes at 8pm. General Admission ticket holders will not be permitted to stay in the roped off area to view the fireworks.
VIP ticket options (5:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.) includes access to Nocterra Brewing Company Beer Garden, appetizers, food stations (grilled chicken, pulled pork, petite vegan Impossible Burgers, a selection of sides & salads and dessert station), beer/wine Tickets, live music by the Village Brass quintet, preferred parking (full table only)and a prime spot on the lawn to view the fireworks display.
VIP and sponsor ticket holders can remain in the beer garden area to view the fireworks.
First Friday’s Let’s Do Yoga Together
Start the evening with a yoga class intentionally welcoming of the LGBTQIA+ community and the people who support them. After yoga, join us for an optional bird walk around the center grounds and Scioto Audubon Metro Park.
The program will include 1 hour of yoga, led by Andy King, with the beautiful city skyline as a backdrop and a 45 minute bird walk by a Grange Insurance Audubon Center staff member or Columbus Audubon member, Sheila Fagan. Participants are asked to bring a mat or towel to use during the yoga class.
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Registration is $5 per person. Email Allison Clark at email@example.com with registration questions. Check in at the front desk of the Grange Insurance Audubon Center starting at 6 pm the day of the event.
Birds and Brews
Friday, July 14, 2023 from 6pm-8pm
View the Birds and Sample Some Nocterra Brews!
General Admission to the Reception is FREE and open to the public but registration is required. If you plan to participate in the Nocterra Brewing Company beer tasting, tickets must be purchased in advance.
The Nocterra Beer Tasting experience is $20 which includes 5 tickets. One ticket can be used for a 5oz tasting or 2 tickets can be combined for a full 12oz glass. A selection of five Nocterra brews will be featured.
Fall Family Fest and Trunk or Tweet
Sunday, October 29, 2023 from 5-9pm
This FREE event will feature live entertainment/music, trunk or tweet, hay rides through the park, a self-guided scavenger hunt, Ohio Wildlife ambassador animals and more!
3p-5p: Visit with Ohio Wildlife Center
4p-7p: Hayrides Through the Park
5p-7p: Trunk or Tweet! Kids can come in costume and bring a bag to collect goodies from our participating community partners.
6p-8p: Enjoy Live Music by Heather Evans and band. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets for this outdoor concert.
7p-8p: Take a self-guided flashlight hike. Look for the lanterns, then find the nocturnal animal signs!