International Owl Center

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  • Adults: $7, Students 4-17: $4, 3 and under: free, Members: FREE


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  • Open Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Programs that include a flying owl are given each day the Center is open at 11:00, 2:00 and 3:30

Green Practices

  • Desc of Green Practices in Place: LED lighting
  • Waste Reduction/Reuse/Recycling
  • Energy Efficiency/Conservation

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  • Accessible to Disabled
  • Can Accommodate Groups of 45 or more

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  1. International Festival of Owls

    International Festival of Owls

    306 W Elm St
    Houston, MN 55943
    Call: (507) 896-6957

    Immerse yourself in owls at the only annual, full-weekend, all-owl festival in North America. Highlights include live owl programs, owl prowls to call in wild owls, a birding and natural history bus trip, and a banquet featuring the presentation of the World Owl Hall of Fame awards and international speakers. Families can build an owl nest box, dissect an owl pellet, make a variety of owl crafts, and have a hoot eating owl-themed food.

  2. Moonlight Hoot Scoot

    Moonlight Hoot Scoot

    126 E Cedar St/215 W Plum St
    Houston, MN 55943
    Call: (507) 896-6957

    Enjoy a night run (or walk) in nature on the Root River Trail, lit by luminaries. Each participant receives a reusable lighted bracelet to wear as well as a T-shirt featuring the Hoot Scoot logo.

    Participants are encouraged to wear an owl costume or owl clothing during the run. Everyone who does will receive a special treat, and the person with the best costume will receive an award.

    There will also be photo opportunities with our owl mascot, Hooston.

    Expect owl-themed refreshments at the finish.

    No dogs allowed for safety reasons.
    Strollers are allowed, but will be asked to be at the rear of the group at the starting line.
    No flashlights or headlamps allowed, even for kids in strollers, since they compromise dark-accommodated vision.

    The 1 mile run begins at 7:00 PM and the 5K begins about 7:30 PM. Cost is $25 for the 5K and $20 for the 1-mile Fun Run if you register by September 27. After that date the registration fees are $30 and $25 respectively, and we cannot guarantee a T-shirt. You can also register at the race.
    If you can't participate but just want the cool shirt, we will mail you a shirt for $25, postage & handling included. Orders must be received by September 27.

    The race will be held rain or shine. Since this is a fundraiser, there will be no refunds.

  3. Owl Prowl to Call In Wild Owls

    Owl Prowl to Call In Wild Owls

    126 E Cedar St
    Houston, MN 55943
    Call: (507) 896-6957

    Owls live all around us but are very good at evading detection. Come learn how to identify our local owls by size, shape, silhouette and sound with the Owl Center's human and owl staff. Following the indoor portion of the program participants will carpool to known owl territories in and around Houston to call for Eastern Screech-Owls, Barred Owls, and Great Horned Owls.

    Dress for the weather, and try to wear clothes that don't make noise when you move. Calling will be done from the side of the road, so very little walking is required. Children are welcome, but must be able to stand quietly for at least 10 minutes at a time. Meet at the International Owl Center at the listed time and expect to return roughly 2.5 - 3 hours later.

    Please RSVP for the program you plan to attend (, but pay when you arrive.

    Programs will be canceled in case of significant wind, rain, or severe road conditions. Participants who have reserved a space will be notified of cancellations.

    September 29, 2018 at 6:30 PM (carpool)
    October 27, 2018 at 6:30 PM (carpool)
    November 24, 2018 at 6:30 PM (carpool)
    December 31, 2018 at 6:30 PM (carpool)
    January 26, 2019 at 6:30 PM (carpool)
    March 2, 2019 at 8:00 PM (on a bus as part of the Festival of Owls)

    Members: $7, non-members $10, though price is yet to be determined for the March owl prowl bus.

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