Plan Your Visit

Plan Your Visit!

TRT is open 7 days a week from 9am to 6pm for free, self-guided tours of the aviary trail. Please note that, due to the high volume of patients in the spring and summer, guided tours and programs are fully booked. If you wish to make a fall booking, please email education@theraptortrust.org.

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 – $100 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 your reservation is private and offers space for you to bring a party of up to 8 guests total. Each tour includes the opportunity to 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. Gift certificates available. To request additional dates or special accommodations, please email 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

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 email 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 email education@theraptortrust.org for advanced bookings. 

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 is open 7 days a week from 9AM to 6PM.

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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