The City of Dallas Park and Recreation Department contracts with the National Audubon Society to manage the day-to-day operations of the Trinity River Audubon Center. Located just outside of Dallas, the Trinity River Audubon Center invites visitors of all ages to explore miles of trails; learn about local birds and wildlife and participate in a wide range of special events and programs. This model of green construction and operation is a vital refuge and resource for Dallas residents and tourists alike.
The Trinity River Audubon Center, located eight minutes from downtown Dallas on 120 acres, opened in October 2008 and is part of the City of Dallas-Trinity River Corridor Project. The land, formerly an illegal dump site, has been reclaimed by the City of Dallas and beautifully demonstrates how a municipal liability can be transformed into a major asset for people of all ages to enjoy.
Visitors have the opportunity to explore hands-on exhibits, five miles of nature viewing trails, and a great nature store with unique gifts and nature-related items. Programs offered at the center educate and entertain children, families, and adults.
Academic programs at the center are designed to address the need for students to improve and strengthen their science and critical thinking skills while introducing them to the wonders of nature.
The Trinity River Audubon Center, designed by 2006 AIA Gold Medalist architect Antoine Predock, is the first LEED-certified building constructed by the City of Dallas Park and Recreation Department. Its green features include a vegetated roof, rainwater collection system, energy-efficient systems, and recycled materials.