Public Saturday Tours
Sonoma County Wildlife Rescue offers a special opportunity to tour the educational exhibit and meet our wildlife ambassadors. Public guided tours of our facilities are held on Saturdays only. If you wish to arrange a private tour, please see below for more information.
For health, safety, and legal reasons, no one is permitted in our exhibits without a guide.
Summer: May- September 12:00 and 2:00
Winter: October- April 2:00 only
Tour Location: 403 Mecham Rd. Petaluma, CA 94952
Tour prices include a bag of pick your own produce from our organic Wildlife Education Garden. Produce type and quantity will vary seasonally. Check out our Garden Club page to see what is available.
Adults and Teens $25
Children 4-12 $10
Children under 4 Free
Please call to make an appointment (707) 992-0274. Tours may fill, if you show up without a reservation, we may not be able to accommodate you.
Please know that our WIFI capabilities are limited and because of this, sometimes it is difficult to process credit card payments. Cash and checks are always easiest and most convenient.
Tours start on time!!! Please arrive ten minutes early to sign in. If you are more than five minutes late, we will ask you to come back another time. Be aware that if you are coming from the south, traffic is always bad around Petaluma. Plan an extra fifteen minutes if you're coming from the south.
Tours are always cancelled in cases of high wind or heavy rain.
We offer private tours for groups and individuals wishing a more individual experience. Private tours can be scheduled Tuesday through Friday between 10 and 4. Saturdays are conditional, please call for details.
Private Tour: $175 for up to 25 people
Additional people are $5 per person.
Larger groups are welcome with at least a month's advance notice. If you have a larger group, you may need to allot more time at the center. Please call 707-992-0274 so we can make a plan for your larger group.
Behind the Scenes Tour
For those who wish to establish a long term supporter relationship with SCWR, we offer an in-depth tour. This behind the scenes tour, led by Doris Duncan, our Executive Director, and Desiree McGunagle, our Education Outreach Director and Support Coordinator, allows potential donors to better see how SCWR operates and the extent of our wildlife rehabilitation work. In addition to our Educational Wildlife Community, we will visit our Rehabilitating Wildlife Community, the Raptor Recovery Center, the Aquatic Mammal Enclosure, the Wildlife Kitchen, and the Hospital. Entrance to the Hospital is dependent on the conditions of the animals currently in care and may not always be possible. Hospital patients are not on view and we do not allow peeking. We hope that this extensive tour will effectively demonstrate our wildlife rescue, rehabilitation, and release activities so that potential donors can see what their commitments create for our local wildlife.
Behind the Scenes Tour: $300 for up to ten people
*New* Enrichment Tour
It is important to us to provide our captive wild animals with enrichment. Enrichment is interesting objects or activities to create something new and fun for the animal to interact with in their enclosure. This stimulates the animals' minds and bodies so they are happier while they are with us. Now you can be a part of this very important SCWR activity. Come and create enrichment for the animals and watch their reactions when staff add the enrichment to the enclosures. (Which animals the enrichment is intended for and the available enrichment activity is at the discretion of the Animal Care Director.) You will see the same route as the Private Tour, but spend more time creating enrichment and watching the animals engage with the enrichment.
Enrichment Tour: $200 for up to ten people
VIP Private Tour
This intimate tour of our facility will take you everywhere the Behind the Scenes Tour goes with a special bonus. You'll be able to join the staff for a luncheon and can ask them anything you like. This a great way to really understand a working wildlife rehabilitation facility and the ways your donation will make a difference.
VIP Private Tour: $300 for up to six people
What the Tour is About
Our tours focus on native wildlife species and their natural instincts including diet, behavior and habitat. We hope to diminish any fear of wildlife and encourage wildlife appreciation through knowledge of native species and how they contribute to our local ecosystem.
Education Ambassadors are all non-releasable native wildlife and include:
A Mountain Lion named Nicole- read more about her here.
We also now have a Predator Prevention Educational Barnyard where you can meet our ambassador goats, chickens, and cats, and learn about the structures that keep them safe from predators! Enter the Wildlife Education Garden to learn ways to protect your garden from unwanted wildlife and attract wanted wildlife. Your family can also pick produce to take home and devour.
We look forward to seeing you on one of our tours soon!