The Raptor Center building

Following the Minnesota Department of Health’s recommendations, The Raptor Center facility is currently closed to the public. All in-person tours and programs are suspended until further notice. We can still do a variety of virtual programs or come to you for an off-site program.

If you need to reach us you can call our main line at 612-624-4745.

We currently have limited staff on site and apologize we are not able to answer the phone. If you are calling about an injured raptor between 8am and 5pm, please leave a message and we will return your call as soon as possible. Messages left outside that time will be returned the following morning.

If you have questions about a program, would like to make a donation, or have any other inquiry, please call and leave us a message and we will ensure it gets forwarded to the correct team member. The majority of our staff are working remotely so we appreciate your patience and understanding during this challenging time. We look forward to reopening once public health officials determine that it is safe and appropriate.

Directions & parking


The Raptor Center is located on the St. Paul campus of the University of Minnesota, just west of the Minnesota State Fairgrounds.

The Raptor Center
1920 Fitch Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55108

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The cost of parking is not included in any tour or program fee. 

  • Limited metered spaces are available on the north side of The Raptor Center on Fitch Avenue. ($2 per hour / accepts credit cards)
  • Gortner Parking Ramp is located across the street from The Raptor Center.
Bus Parking

Summer Months (June- August):  Meter parking on Carter Avenue

After dropping off at The Raptor Center, continue south on Gortner Ave. Turn right onto Commonwealth Ave, turn right onto Cleveland Ave and then the next right onto Carter Ave where there are parking meters (accepts credit cards).

School year (Sept.-May): State Fair Grounds

After dropping off at The Raptor Center, continue north on Gortner Ave. Turn right onto Buford and follow to first stop sign (you will cross Randall Ave) to the parking lot (fee is $5 for the day / cash only)

Public transportation

Details on public transit services to and from The Raptor Center can be found on the UMN Parking & Transportation Services website-

More information

All campus parking is managed by the University and not The Raptor Center. More information such as parking maps, additional options, and costs can be found on the University of Minnesota's Parking and Transportation Services website.