Free Weekend for Local Wisconsinites at the International Owl Center

February 5-6, 2022 | Houston, Minnesota

Residents of Trempealeau, Vernon, and La Crosse Counties, including college students, are specially invited to visit the International Owl Center for FREE on February 5 and 6. The Owl Center is located in Houston, Minnesota, just 30 minutes west of La Crosse, and is the only all-owl education center in the United States.

Four live ambassador owls work at the Center: Ruby the Great Horned Owl, Uhu the Eurasian Eagle Owl, Piper the American Barn Owl and JR the Eastern Screech-Owl. You’ll also find touchable wings and tails, nine species of extremely lifelike mounted owls, owl art from children around the world, skulls, eggs, cultural items from around the world, and life-size spread-wing owl silhouettes. The gift shop is stocked with a wide variety of local, fair trade, and other owl items. Highly trained staff present programs each day at 11 AM and 2 PM. Masks are required.

Visitors from elsewhere are also welcome, but will be required to pay the regular admission fee.

The Center is open from 10am to 4pm. Regular admission is $7 for adults, $4 for students ages 4-17, and children 3 and under and members are free. More information is available at or by contacting the Center at 507-896-OWLS (6957) or [email protected].