Programs

TRT Program Menu

Aviary trail open to visitors 7 days a week from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
*Guided tours and programs fully booked for Summer 2022*

In-Person Programming

Visiting families, friends, scouts and homeschool groups

Private Tour Talks 

Guests meet at our entry gazebo for this staff guided tour.  We explore the natural and personal histories behind the various raptor species and individual birds who reside permanently at The Raptor Trust. Each tour includes the opportunity to observe one of our resident birds as they engage in either a training session, feeding, or enrichment activity. 

Education Center & Tour Combo 

Groups meet in our education center to explore our exhibits, test your knowledge with our educators and begin a scientific scavenger hunt.  Our informational scavenger hunt continues on a guided tour of our aviary trail where you will learn about the different birds who live here.  Our educators will ensure your group experiences either a training session, feeding, enrichment activity, or ambassador bird meet and greet, based on the birds available that day.   

Education Center & Seated Program Combo 

Groups meet at the benches behind our education center for a 20 minute program about raptor adaptations and a meet and greet with one of our ambassador birds.  Then visit our education center to explore our exhibits, test your knowledge with our educators and complete a short scavenger hunt.  Your group is welcome to visit our aviary trail before or after their program. 

Schools and larger groups

Field Trip – $150 per group.  25 students maximum per group, up to 3 groups per booking.

Students explore all we have to offer as they rotate, in groups, between three stations.  We also have a gift shop and picnic areas available.    

  • Outdoor seated program with ambassador bird meet and greet (~20 minutes) 
  • Indoor guided education center visit with information scavenger hunt (~20 minutes)
  • Self-guided tour of our outdoor aviary trail (~40 minutes)

Outreach educational programs (2nd grade – adult) – $275 for the 1st program, $150 for each additional program on the same day.  50 students maximum per program.

Run time is between 40-50 minutes.  Our educators visit your facility with a display of avian artifacts, photos, taxidermy, and a live ambassador bird (typically a kestrel or screech owl).  Participation is encouraged through group answers, body movements, polling/voting, and offering time for questions.  Supporting materials for organizers, including additional readings, detailed program outlines, vocabulary lists, worksheets, and suggested followup activities, are available upon request.  

Topics for Field Trip and Outreach Programs

  • All About Owls
  • Fantastic Falcons
  • We Love Vultures!
  • Hawks and Eagles of North America
  • Raptor Adaptations
  • Raptor Habitats

Junior Outreach programs (PK-1st) – $200 for the 1st program, $100 for each additional program on the same day.  25 students maximum per program. 

These programs run between 25-35 minutes and are specially designed for young learners.  Our educators bring in nests, feathers, photos, storybooks and a live ambassador bird (typically a kestrel or screech owl).  We encourage participation as we mimic bird behaviors, ask group answer questions, and pass around touchable artifacts.  Choose from “Owls are a Hoot” “Habitats are Home” or “Bringing up Birdie.” 

 Program and tours will reopen in August 2022. Please contact Shari Stern directly at education@theraptortrust.org for advanced bookings. 

Virtual Programs by The Raptor Trust

Virtual programs are offered live via Zoom during regular office hours and include an introduction to a live bird on screen.  Evening programs, without a live bird appearance, are available upon request.  Programs may not be recorded without express permission of all parties. There must be a teacher, parent, scout leader, etc. on any call in-which students or children under the age of 16 are participating.

Raptor Conference Calls –  Seasonally available

These personalized 20 minute meet and greet experiences allow you to meet one of our ambassador birds on screen and chat with a Raptor Trust educator about all things birds.  

Group and Classroom Programs (topic of your choice) – email education@theraptortrust.org for pricing information.

These programs are customizable in time, topic, and can be presented with students seated in a live classroom or individually signed in via personal computers.  Run time can be between 35-50 minutes. Presentations include slides with photos and videos, group participation exercises, a question and answer session and a live-on-screen introduction to one of our ambassador birds. Supporting materials for teachers, including additional readings, detailed program outlines, vocabulary lists, worksheets, and suggested followup activities, are available upon request.  

Program topics for Group and Classroom Programs:

  • All About Owls
  • Fantastic Falcons
  • We Love Vultures!
  • Hawks and Eagles of North America
  • Raptor Adaptations
  • Raptor Habitats

Junior Teacher-moderated Class Programs (PK -1st) –  email education@theraptortrust.org for pricing information.

These programs are specially designed for young learners and run between 25-35 minutes.  Presentations include slides with photos and videos as well as group participation exercises and mimicking bird behavior using sound and body movements.  Choose from “Owls are a Hoot” “Habitats are Home” or “Bringing up Birdie.” 

Program and tours will reopen in August 2022. Please contact Shari Stern directly at education@theraptortrust.org for advanced bookings.