Formed in 1895 in a few states, Audubon societies were originally made to help protect birds from mass extinctions. It was only a few years later, that the movement really began to take hold in the US and a national organization was formed.

Hand in hand with the protection of the birds, the society also worked hard to preserve lands and ecosystems that were the birds natural habitats. Now, there are over 500 different chapters in every single state, all of which offer both natural and educational programs for people to explore and enjoy.

You might end up being surprised at exactly what kind of great photos you will be able to get of the birds and natural landscapes. Many people end up finding Audubon sanctuaries as some of their secret little hideaways, and you might too!

So, on your next road trip, be sure to swing by some of these Audubon preserves and check out some of the natural beauty (and maybe learn a thing or two).

North River Wildlife Sanctuary: Located right on an inlet on the Massachusetts South Shore, this sanctuary has a great educational program as well as a beautiful boardwalk that stretches out through the marshes.

Florida Coastal Islands Sanctuaries: Right on the Tampa coast, this area is perfect for getting a view of many rare and and endangered waterbirds. The area abuts right up on the fantastic Southwestern Gulf Coast of Florida, which has some of the best beaches in the US.

Schlitz Audubon Nature Center: If you are taking the kids on the road trip, then make sure to head to the shores of Lake Michigan and visit the Schlitz center which has an incredible educational program for visitors and families.

Have you ever been to any of the many Audubon sanctuaries? What are some of your favorites? Let us know in the comments!