Welcome to Norman Bird Sanctuary

Welcome Center & Trails:

Open daily 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and the trails are closed for Harvest Fair weekend. In the event of inclement weather, closings will mirror the Middletown Public School system.

Check-in required at the Welcome Center before hiking on trails

Trail Fees: 
Members: Free
Adults: $7
Senior/Military: $6
Students w. ID: $3
Children (3-18 yrs): $3
Under 3: Free

Please respect the plants and animals of this beautiful place by observing the following rules:
NO dogs, smoking, drones, horses, bikes, kites, motorized vehicles, jogging, littering, or collecting of any kind.

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Visit with Your Group or Club:

Groups of six or more are welcome with advanced reservations. Please submit a Special Use Permit to schedule your visit.

Commercial Photographers:

Commercial photography is by permit only: The breathtaking natural beauty of the Norman Bird Sanctuary provides a gorgeous backdrop for photography. In order to continue to preserve and protect the precious habitat within our wildlife refuge, we require that all photographers follow our photography policy. Please submit a Photo Permit to schedule your visit.

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Public Programs

Through out the year we offer special subject based events. These events are open to the public. Please check our listing.


Sunday Bird Walks 

Guided bird walks are offered every other Sunday (see calendar for dates-registration not necessary; walks are free with membership, otherwise a trail fee applies). Birders meet in the parking lot and depart at 8am and return 10am. Be sure to download our Birds of the Norman Bird Sanctuary Checklist and bring your binoculars! You can also stay up to date on local migrant sightings by regularly checking our “Recent Sightings” list.

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Paradise Farmhouse

Our newly renovated 18th century Paradise Farmhouse located on campus sleeps up to 16 people! Learn more and book a stay!