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Posted on: August 12, 2021

Plano Nature Preserves Achieve Audubon “Sanctuary” Status

Oak Point Park Nature Preserve entrance

Both of Plano’s nature preserves maintained their designation as "Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuaries." Oak Point Park & Nature Preserve and Arbor Hills Nature Preserve retained the Audubon International certification through the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program (ACSP). Oak Point and Arbor Hills were first certified in 2015 and 2012, respectively.

This honor reflects excellence in wildlife planning and management. To reach certification, properties must show a high degree of environmental quality in several areas: 

  • Environmental Planning
  • Wildlife and Habitat Management
  • Outreach and Education
  • Water and Resource Management Audubon birds - Copy

Plano’s two preserves cover nearly 1,000 acres, bringing people closer to local wildlife. Visitors enjoy the concrete and soft surface trails, fact-filled signage, guided nature walks and more.

"Oak Point Park & Nature Preserve and Arbor Hills Nature Preserve have shown strong commitments to its environmental program. They are to be commended for their efforts to provide two separate sanctuaries for wildlife," said Christine Kane, CEO at Audubon International. "It's a great way for businesses and environmental organizations to work together to become better stewards of the land and natural resources."

By participating in the ACSP, Oak Point Park & Nature Preserve and Arbor Hills Nature Preserve have been involved in projects that:

  • Conserve energy and reduce waste
  • Utilize integrated pest management techniques
  • Manage resources in an environmentally-responsible mannerAudubon Great Horned Owl_PAssman - Copy

“Plano Parks & Recreation strives for equilibrium within the City’s nature preserves and the intertwined public park space. A balance between stewardship and recreational park amenities is important to maximize the green space for residents, wildlife and environment,” Park Services Manager David Angeles said. “Participating in the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program provides a recurring assessment of both.”

For information about Plano’s parks, please visit

Arbor Hills Nature Preserve

Oat Point Park Nature Preserve

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