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.

 

 

TRT’s current visiting hours are: 9am-5pm. Bird admitting hours are 9am-5pm.

VISITOR HOURS
Please park in large “Visitors” lot
at 1452 White Bridge Road.

Winter: 9 a.m.- 4 p.m.
Spring (March 15-Memorial Day):
9 a.m.- 5 p.m.
Summer: 9 a.m.- 7 p.m.
Fall (Labor Day-Oct 15):
9 a.m.- 5 p.m.
BIRD ADMITTING HOURS
Please park in “Bird Admitting Only” lot
at 1390 White Bridge Road.

Winter: 8 a.m.- 4 p.m.
Spring (March 15-Memorial Day):
8 a.m.- 5 p.m.
Summer: 8 a.m.- 8 p.m.
Fall (Labor Day-Oct 15):
8 a.m.- 5 p.m.

 

2015 UPCOMING EVENTS!

 

Tour Talks: Saturday, May 23rd, 11am and 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.

 

All About Owls: Saturday June 13th, 2-3:30pm 

Open to the public                                                                                               Ages 7 and up                                                                                                           $10 per person                                                                                                     Pre-registration required. Call 908-647-1091 or email education@theraptortrust.org 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.

 

Get Wild About the Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge! : Wednesday June 24th, 5pm 

Open to the public                                                                                               Ages 7 and up                                                                                                           $10 suggested donation per person                                                                  Pre-registration required. Call 908-647-1091 or email education@theraptortrust.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 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.

 

Tour Talks: Saturday, July 4th, 11am and 1pm

All ages                                                                                                                       $10 adults, $5 children (12 and under)                                                 Registration required.

Join us on Independence Day 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 hawk release.

 

 

 

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.

 




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