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Welcome. Come and explore a beautiful place.

Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary is a wild oasis in the heart of the urban landscape and includes two distinct ecosystems: the beautiful marshland of Swan Lake and the rocky, oak-forested highlands of Christmas Hill. Both are home to an incredible array of native plants and wild animals.

The Sanctuary is a living classroom fostering an understanding and appreciation of nature through direct experiences. Educational programs for all ages encourage responsibility for the care and protection of the natural environment. To protect our native plants and animals, please remember that dogs are not permitted in the Sanctuary.

Managed by a non-profit society, this urban refuge provides an exceptional opportunity to bring people and nature together.

We welcome you to explore and discover.

Announcing A Very Special Event.....

Moscow Ballet


Who: Moscow Ballet, in partnership with the Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary


What: Swan Lake Ballet


Where: Royal Theatre


When: Saturday, November 12th, 2016, 2:00 p.m. performance


Tickets: On sale now through the Royal Theatre Box Office


Important Details: If ordering tickets online, please use this direct link - or type SWAN in the promo code manually, to ensure a portion of the ticket will support the Nature Sanctuary's Bridges to Nature campaign. If purchasing tickets by phone or in person, mention the code word SWAN to ensure the Nature Sanctuary receives a portion of the proceeds of the ticket sales.


Related Special Event - Foliage, Flowers and Tutus in Full Bloom - an opportunity for aspiring young ballet dancers. Details here.


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Fall Programs & Workshops now posted!

Check out:

Wild Mushrooms

Native Plant Gardening

Family Drop-in Events

5th Annual Craft Fair

Check out what birds have been reported at the Sanctuary lately (via eBird):

Download a map of the sanctuary here.

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Swan Lake Nature Sanctuary would like to thank the following organizations for their support: