Plan Your Visit

Plan Your Visit!

TRT is open 7 days a week from 9am to 4pm *weather permitting

Self-guided visit – admission is free, donations encouraged:  Enjoy the opportunity to visit our many resident hawks, owls, eagles, falcons, and vultures.   Stop at the Gift Shop (masks on inside, please) for lots of fun, bird-themed gifts.

Staff-led Tour Talks – $80 per group:   These private tours offer visitors a chance to learn more about NJ’s native raptor species and hear about some of our residents’ individual histories directly from one of our education team.  Tour Talks run about 50 minutes and the cost per group is $80.  Your reservation is private and offers space for you to bring a party of up to 8 guests total.

Add an Avian Enrichment Demonstration to your guided tour talk for $20 and observe one of our resident birds as they engage in a training or enrichment activity which provides intellectual stimulation and demonstrates their natural abilities and adaptations.

Reservations must be made in advance for a staff-led tour talk, and quantities are limited.  Go to our scheduling link to see available dates and times.   To request additional dates or special accommodations, please email Shari Stern at education@theraptortrust.org.

The TRT Education Center is open on select weekend and holiday dates.  Check our Facebook page for weekly updates if you are interested in stopping in on your next visit.

*The State of NJ has relaxed its guidelines on wearing masks. At The Raptor Trust, masks must be worn in all indoor spaces, such as our gift shop and public restrooms. While outdoors, fully vaccinated visitors are not required to wear masks. Visitors who are not fully vaccinated are STRONGLY ENCOURAGED to wear masks while on our campus.

The Raptor Trust is a medical facility, much of which is outdoors, and our medical staff members do much of their work outdoors. For the safety of our essential medical workers and for those unable to be vaccinated such as children and immunocompromised, we ask that visitors please follow these guidelines to help keep our community members safe. Thank you.

In-Person Programming

Tour Talk, Avian Enrichment Demonstration & Education Center Visit.  Maximum 10 participants per group, chaperones included.  $100.  This option is great for scout dens, clubs, and homeschool families.

Small Group programs of 10-15 people, students and chaperones included. $100.  This program begins with participants seated outdoors for a discussion about raptor habitats or adaptations (your choice) and introduction to one of our ambassador birds.  Each participant is given a clipboard with an activity and observations guide for use throughout their self-guided education center and aviary trail exploration.  *For larger groups or for an additional “sibling session” there is an additional $50 charge.  

Seated indoor education programs.  Up to 25 attendees (students and chaperones combined). $150. This classic 45-minute program combines the use of biofacts, slides, videos, and a live ambassador bird to inform audiences on the topic of your choice before embarking on a self-guided tour of our aviary trail.  Topics include raptor habitats, raptor adaptations, owls, falcons, or vultures.  Masks are required for all indoor areas of The Raptor Trust regardless of vaccination status.

Virtual Programs by The Raptor Trust

All virtual programs are offered live via Zoom. Programs are available Sunday through Friday. Evening programs may be available without the addition of a live bird.  Original video will be substituted. Programs may not be recorded by any party, including the Raptor Trust, without express permission. 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– 20 minutes with a Raptor Trust educator and one of our ambassador birds. $35 (2 screens/households permitted).

Small Group Program– 35-40 minutes with a Raptor Trust Educator and one of our ambassador birds. $65 (Groups of 3-15 participants)

Large Group Adult Programs– 40-45 minutes with a Raptor Trust educator and one of our ambassador birds. $85 (Up to 50 participants)

Teacher-moderated Class Programs– An approximately 45-minute program led by a Raptor Trust educator and moderated by the class teacher. $85   50 students maximum per session.

Program topics for Small Group, Large Group and Teacher-moderated Programs:

  •  All About Owls
  • Raptor Adaptations
  • Raptor Habitats
  • We Love Vultures!
  • Fantastic Falcons

For information about School Field Trips or outreach programs, please contact Shari Stern via phone at 908-647-1091 or by email at Education@theraptortrust.org.

A Few Things to Know When You Visit

The Raptor Trust is located at 1390 White Bridge Road, Millington, NJ. The Raptor Trust is home to approximately 50 resident disabled birds housed in large outdoor aviaries that can be viewed by walking along the trails.

  • All visitors will be required to wear masks when indoors, follow all directional signs, and to refrain from reversing direction or climbing over the ropes.
  • Please stay on the gravel paths and in the public areas.
  • The rehabilitation areas are off limits to the public. Our patients are wild animals and we need to be sensitive and mindful of their needs for a quick recovery and return to the wild.
  • We ask that you maintain a ratio of no more than five children to one adult. Children must remain with their parents/teachers.
  • Please walk quietly and respectfully through our aviary trail.
  • We do not allow dogs onsite or in the parking area. No animal should be left unattended in vehicles parked in our lot.
  • Bathrooms are located off the Education Center back deck and open to TRT visitors.

Education Center

The TRT Education Center is now open on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays!  Come by to check out bird artifacts, see raptor eggs, nests, and anatomy up close, and learn more about these fantastic creatures in an open-house experience.

Gift Shop

If you are looking for unique gifts for yourself or a bird lover you know, stop by our local store. You’ll find great gift ideas, birding books for children & adults, hand-crafted jewelry, stuffed animals, Raptor Trust apparel and more. You can also find great gifts by visiting our Online Gift Shop.

On-site store hours are Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, 1-4PM and Saturday 10-4PM.

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Did you know that The Raptor Trust is close to a lot of fun things in Somerset and Morris Counties?

The surrounding area is full of other great environmental organizations. Make a day of your visit and check out some of our friends! See the links below for events going on at each location.

Events at Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge

Events at SCPC Environmental Center

Events at NJ Audubon Scherman Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary

Events at Great Swamp Watershed Association

Events at Morristown National Historical Park

Events at MCPC Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center