Less than a 10 minute walk from downtown Columbus, the Grange Insurance Audubon Center lies on a fragile green oasis, a tiny jewel, a hidden haven for wildlife and birds along the Scioto River.
Set amid a once industrial landscape, the area dramatically changed, owing to a partnership betweenthe National Audubon Society, City of Columbus and Columbus & Franklin County Metro Parks with the creation of the Scioto Audubon Metro Park. GIAC opened in 2009 and is a nature center that serves two functions- an educational sanctuary and a monitor for the Important Bird Area. Thousands of birds ... migrating from Central & South America use this spot along the Scioto River as a stopover during their long journeys.
In an effort to help people achieve GIAC's mission of introducing people to nature, as well as supporting programs, the Audubon Center offers a rental of its various facility spaces. We would like to express our thanks for your interest in holding your special event at the Grange Insurance Audubon Center. By choosing to hold your function at GIAC, you are helping to support these broad conservation objectives:
-Reducing & sustaining management of invasive exotic threats to the Scioto Audubon Metro Park
-Increasing & restoring land and river zones along the Scioto River
-Providing nature-based educational programming for the greater Columbus community, in an effort to create a connection to nature and encourage environmental stewardship
-Protecting and monitoring the Scioto-Greenlawn Important Bird Area as to understand the vulnerable and native populations of birds
We have a variety of rental packages available to suit your event needs. Please contact us for more information or to set up a time to tour our unique facility!
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Lizzy M. · Married on 12/29/2018
We LOVE the Audubon + The Metro Cuisine Team!
We looked at a bunch of wedding venues- there are so many great options in Columbus- I am so grateful we chose the Audubon Center! It was the perfect venue for us! We worked with Cynthia from Metro Cuisine and she is truly the best! My husband and I are from Columbus but now live out of state- planning a wedding without being in the area has the potential to be overwhelming and confusing- but Cynthia made it a breeze! She is so communicative and responsive and she has incredible attention to detail. She recommended vendors for us (music, DJ, florist, photographer) and we were thrilled with their work as well! Metro cuisine catered and the food was fabulous and the catering staff was amazing! They were so attentive throughout the evening and saved us extra appetizers. The ambiance of the Audubon is so lovely- with string lights draped from the ceiling and fires going in the indoor and outdoor fireplaces- the whole building looked magical! Our guests enjoyed the convenience of having the ceremony + reception all in one location- and the surrounding areas around the building are so beautiful- it’s perfect for photography. I love that we got to enjoy a natural setting- while still having the convenience of being downtown and close to everyone’s hotels. For anyone choosing their venue, I can not recommend this beautiful space and the Metro Cuisine team (especially Cynthia!) enough.Sent on 11/27/2019
Katie · Married on 09/02/2018
Having our wedding the Grange Insurance Audubon Center was a dream come true & it might be the most perfect venue in Columbus! We were looking for a unique venue that mixed our love of the outdoors with the city and the Audubon delivers. There are several locations outside to have your ceremony and the space inside for the reception is truly one of a kind. It's a beautiful mix of nature, industrial elements while all being surrounded by the city skyline. We were able to rent out the entire Center (for a great price) and had it for our wedding from 3pm-1am. They have Metro Cuisine as their catering partner and honestly, I loved only having one choice for catering. Metro was AWESOME to work with and they do a fantastic job with the Audubon venue. If you are looking for a beautiful, unique venue with an awesome team definitely look into the GIAC.Sent on 09/18/2018
Alicia · Married on 05/19/2018
The Grange Insurance Audubon Center was truly the perfect wedding venue. The flow from cocktail hour to dinner to dancing was all cohesive and natural. Then you throw in the skyline and the outdoor area with seating and a fireplace- simply perfection. The venue is unique which guests love, it isn't stuffy or too casual, it's a perfect happy medium. We performed our wedding ceremony on the south lawn adjacent to the bike path & it was spectacular. The two massive trees were perfectly in bloom and the birds chirped the entire ceremony, creating the perfect soundtrack. Shout out to our caterer, Bosc & Brie. If I remember correctly, they no longer service weddings at The Grange Insurance Audubon Center but if for some reason you can hire them, DO IT. They were beyond amazing & simply perfect.Sent on 05/24/2018
One of my favorite venues. Great views of the city.