Welcome to Mitchell Lake

Bird conservation is at the core of what we do.

Photo: Justin Moore

From its inception in 2004 Mitchell Lake Audubon Center has been welcoming visitors to its sanctuaries and inviting them to participate in nature education programs. This innovative approach—preserving open space not just to protect wildlife and native habitat from people, but to actively engage people in its conservation through learning and exploration—served as a model for Audubon and other nature education centers nationwide and influenced the development of place-based experiential learning as a highly effective pedagogical practice.

Join the thousands of families, school children, and visitors from all over San Antonio and the globe in discovering this wild and natural place. Located just 15 minutes from downtown San Antonio, you will think you entered a different world. Dedicated to connecting people to nature through birds and their habitats, Mitchell Lake offers a variety of programming- something for everyone in the family.

Mitchell Lake strives to be the go-to place in San Antonio for outdoor, STEM-based education. In addition to getting kids outdoors to learn about science hands-on, we hold native plant workshops for your garden or porch, birding tours for the novice or experienced birder, and even a day-long Hoot & Harvest Festival for the entire family.

Our goal is that you come take a breath of fresh air and enjoy your time at Mitchell Lake Audubon Center. Learn a little, play a little, and breathe a little more fresh air. Time in nature has been shown to lower stress levels. So come on by, relax, and watch the birds.

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Plan Your Visit

All the information you'll need before visiting Mitchell Lake

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Birthday Parties
Programs

Birthday Parties

Parties with purpose.

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Our Programs

Birding
Birding

Birding

Join the country's fastest growing leisure sport.

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Conservation
Conservation

Conservation

Bird conservation is at the core of what we do.

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Academic Programs
Academics

Academic Programs

We have three on-site academic education programs to choose from and outreach programs that come to you.

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