Welcome to the Raptor Trust
The Raptor Trust is open to visitors, but if you are coming from the Basking Ridge/Bernardsville area we are told that Lord Stirling Road is nearly impassable due to deep potholes. You can bypass the mess by staying south on South Maple Ave into Long Hill Twp then turning left on Carlton Rd and proceeding down to White Bridge Rd. Make a right onto White Bridge Rd and we will be on the left. Stay safe!
The Raptor Trust is one of the premier wild bird rehabilitation centers in the United States. Located in central New Jersey, the Trust includes a hospital with state-of-the-art medical facilities, quality exterior housing for several hundred birds, and an education building. A stalwart advocate for birds of prey for three decades, it is now recognized as a national leader in the fields of raptor conservation and avian rehabilitation.The Raptor Trust is open to the public seven days a week. Visitors are afforded a unique opportunity to view at close range the many hawks, eagles, falcons and owls that are permanent residents at the facility. There is no charge to visit, but a modest donation of $2.00 per person is encouraged. The Raptor Trust is a private, non-profit, tax-exempt corporation. We receive no government support and rely on private contributions for our day-to-day survival.
2015 UPCOMING EVENTS!
Focus on Raptors Photo Event: Saturday March 21st, 2-4pm
Adults only $150 per person Pre-registration required. Call 908-647-1091 or email email@example.com to register.
An opportunity for committed shutterbugs to take close-range photographs of our educational raptors in an outdoor setting. Possible species include: barn owl, barred owl, screech owl, red-tailed hawk, American kestrel, and peregrine falcon. Meet at The Raptor Trust Education Center. Preregistration required in order to attend this event. Adults only.
Get Wild About the Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge!: Sunday, March 22nd, 11am-1pm
Ages 7 and up Suggested donation of $10 per person appreciated Pre-registration required. Call 908-647-1091 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
The Raptor Trust and the Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge are partnering up to deliver this informative presentation. The Raptor Trust’s educator, Karyn Whitehurst, will give an introduction to the work TRT does to rehabilitate injured, sick, and orphaned wild birds of New Jersey. Then listen to Ranger Dave Sagan from Great Swamp National Wildlife refuge talk about the history of USFWS, and Great Swamp NWR. A great introduction to conservation and the community’s hard work to save Great Swamp. Meet one of The Raptor Trust’s live education raptors, and tour their classroom full of specimens, mounts, and photographs. This program will be followed by a winter walk to stretch your legs and see what critters are active on the refuge this winter. You are also invited to view TRT’s display of permanent resident raptors afterwards.
All About Owls: Saturday April 11th, 2-3:30pm
Open to the public Ages 7 and up $10 per person Pre-registration required. Call 908-647-1091 or email email@example.com to register.
An in-depth look at the lives of these interesting and often misunderstood masters of camouflage. Learn about the special adaptations that make these nocturnal birds of prey such amazing nighttime hunters, and get to know the eight species of owls that can be found right here in New Jersey. Meet a live education raptor, view our collection of specimens and mounts, and then take a self-guided tour of our aviaries, which house different species of permanent resident raptors. Meet at The Raptor Trust Education Center. Preregistration required in order to attend this event.
Bringing Up Birdie: Saturday April 25th, 2-3:30pm
Ages 10 and up $15 per person Pre-registration required. Call 908-647-1091 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
Baby bird season is just around the corner! Learn about this amazing time in the lives of New Jersey’s birds as they build their nests, lay their eggs, and begin to care for their hungry hatchlings. Take a close-up look at the Trust’s collection of actual nests and eggs, and peek in on the nests of endangered NJ raptors by way of nest cam. You will also meet a live hawk or owl, who is a permanent resident on the Trust, and find out more about what we can do to help all wild birds during this bird busy time of year. Meet at The Raptor Trust’s Education Center. Preregistration required in order to attend this event.
TRT Classroom Open House: Saturday, May 9th, 11am-1pm
All ages Suggested donation of $5 per person appreciated
A great opportunity to check out TRT’s classroom! Usually closed to the public, we will open up our education room so you can come and explore at collection of nests, eggs, mounts, feathers, skulls, and other specimen. Meet one or two of our education raptors, and learn about how The Raptor Trust helps wild birds. You will also have the chance to talk with TRT educators, and get your questions about birds answered! Event will be held at our Education Center.
Tour Talks: Saturday, May 23rd, 11am-1pm
All ages $10 adults, $5 children (12 and under) Registration required.
Join us Memorial Day weekend for a guided tour on The Raptor Trust’s aviaries with one of TRT’s educators. Learn more about the Trust’s efforts to give hundreds of wild birds their freedom each year, and hear some of the fascinating stories of the non-releasable raptors that have a permanent home at our center. Possible raptor release in honor of the day! Meet at The Raptor Trust gift shop.
Books for children & adults, hand-crafted jewelry, stuffed animals, and Raptor Trust apparel. Open 9 a.m to 4 p.m. every day. All sales support the work of The Raptor Trust.