Carolina Raptor Center

Carolina Raptor Center is dedicated to environmental stewardship and the conservation of birds of prey through education, research, and the rehabilitation of injured and orphaned raptors. Resident birds at the center include the king vulture, Chaco owl, American crow, red-tailed hawk, bald eagle, osprey, and many others. Groups can walk the ¾-mile Raptor Trail, see exhibits on raptors, watch bird presentations, and observe the raptors in Marcy's Observatory. Behind-the-scenes tours of the Carolina Raptor Center’s medical center and education trail are also available on the first and third weekends of every month. Students, scouts, homeschoolers, and campers can participate in formal education programs at the center.

contact info

Hrs: Vary by season.

School

Educational programs allow students to meet some of the animals at Carolina Raptor Center and learn about topics such as Native American culture, falconry, bird migration patterns, and the physics of flight. On-site field trip presentations feature three or four raptors on a glove, which can be substituted with an eagle, vulture, or flighted bird for an additional fee. Activities can include story time with raptor-themed books for younger learners, an owl pellet examination, and more. Field trips include admission to the Raptor Trail. Programs align with North Carolina Standard Course of Study curriculum standards.

supports classroom learning in:
Science.

topics covered:
Biology, environmental studies, living environment, animal science, Native Americans, ecology, conservation, habitats, physics, migration, mythology, art, natural history, language arts.

contact info
Name: Programs Department
Phone: 704-875-6521 ext. 210
Email: programs@carolinaraptorcenter.org

TRIP INFO

Grade Level: Early Childhood, Elementary School, Middle School, High School Group Size: 50 maximum. Program Type: Day Trips, Guided Tours, Self-Guided Tours, Guided Activities. Recomm. Length of Visit: 45 minutes-4 hours. Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: 10:1.Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: 10:1.Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: 10:1. Registration: Online, Phone, Email. Cost: Fee Accessible To: PD.

Bird Watching Lesson Plan

Birds migrate to move from areas of low or decreasing resources to areas of high or increasing resources. The two primary resources being sought are food and nesting locations.

Birds that nest in the Northern Hemisphere tend to migrate northward in the spring to take advantage of burgeoning insect populations, budding plants and an abundance of nesting locations. As winter approaches and the availability of insects and other food drops, the birds move south again. Escaping the cold is a motivating factor but many species, including hummingbirds, can withstand freezing temperatures as long as an adequate supply of food is available.

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Carolina Raptor Center

Carolina Raptor Center is dedicated to environmental stewardship and the conservation of birds of prey through education, research, and the rehabilitation of injured and orphaned raptors. Resident birds at the center include the king vulture, Chaco owl, American crow, red-tailed hawk, bald eagle, osprey, and many others. Groups can walk the ¾-mile Raptor Trail, see exhibits on raptors, watch bird presentations, and observe the raptors in Marcy's Observatory. Behind-the-scenes tours of the Carolina Raptor Center’s medical center and education trail are also available on the first and third weekends of every month. Students, scouts, homeschoolers, and campers can participate in formal education programs at the center.

contact info

Hrs: Vary by season.

Scouts

Visit the Carolina Raptor Center to work on Bird Study badges with your scouts. A walk around the trail exhibits give scouts the chance to learn about vultures, see how birds are cared for in the raptor hospital on-site, visit the Eagle Aviary, view osprey birds from the Osprey Observation Deck, and participate in various bird-themed activities. Scout groups can explore touch tables containing bird feathers, enjoy Vulture Feedings on weekend afternoons, attend events such as International Vulture Awareness Day in September, and catch flight shows on summer weekends. Contact Carolina Raptor Center to inquire about completing Eagle Scout projects on-site.

supports classroom learning in:
Science.

topics covered:
Birds, biology, environmental science, living environment, animal science, Native Americans, ecology, conservation, habitats, physics, migration, mythology, art, natural history.

contact info
Name: Programs Department
Phone: 704-875-6521 ext. 210
Email: programs@carolinaraptorcenter.org

TRIP INFO

Grade Level: Early Childhood, Elementary School, Middle School, High School Group Size: 50 maximum. Program Type: Day Trips, Guided Tours, Self-Guided Tours, Guided Activities. Recomm. Length of Visit: 45 minutes-4 hours. Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: 10:1.Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: 10:1.Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: 10:1. Registration: Online, Phone, Email. Cost: Fee Accessible To: PD.

Bird Watching Lesson Plan

Birds migrate to move from areas of low or decreasing resources to areas of high or increasing resources. The two primary resources being sought are food and nesting locations.

Birds that nest in the Northern Hemisphere tend to migrate northward in the spring to take advantage of burgeoning insect populations, budding plants and an abundance of nesting locations. As winter approaches and the availability of insects and other food drops, the birds move south again. Escaping the cold is a motivating factor but many species, including hummingbirds, can withstand freezing temperatures as long as an adequate supply of food is available.

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Carolina Raptor Center

Carolina Raptor Center is dedicated to environmental stewardship and the conservation of birds of prey through education, research, and the rehabilitation of injured and orphaned raptors. Resident birds at the center include the king vulture, Chaco owl, American crow, red-tailed hawk, bald eagle, osprey, and many others. Groups can walk the ¾-mile Raptor Trail, see exhibits on raptors, watch bird presentations, and observe the raptors in Marcy's Observatory. Behind-the-scenes tours of the Carolina Raptor Center’s medical center and education trail are also available on the first and third weekends of every month. Students, scouts, homeschoolers, and campers can participate in formal education programs at the center.

contact info

Hrs: Vary by season.

Camp

Summer camp groups can enjoy guided or self-guided visits to the Carolina Raptor Center. While walking around the Raptor Trail, campers will have the chance to view ospreys from the Osprey Observation Deck, get an up-close look at eagles in the Eagle Aviary, learn about vultures in the Vulture Culture exhibit, and more. Activities include raptor-themed story time, exploring bird furs on the touch table, and others. Please note that bird appearances will be canceled on extremely hot summer days. Summer camp groups that reserve in advance will be notified of any cancelations.

contact info
Name: Programs Department
Phone: 704-875-6521 ext. 210
Email: programs@carolinaraptorcenter.org

TRIP INFO

Grade Level: Early Childhood, Elementary School, Middle School, High School Group Size: 50 maximum. Program Type: Day Trips, Guided Tours, Self-Guided Tours, Guided Activities. Recomm. Length of Visit: 45 minutes-4 hours. Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: 10:1.Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: 10:1.Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: 10:1. Registration: Online, Phone, Email. Cost: Fee Accessible To: PD.

Bird Watching Lesson Plan

Birds migrate to move from areas of low or decreasing resources to areas of high or increasing resources. The two primary resources being sought are food and nesting locations.

Birds that nest in the Northern Hemisphere tend to migrate northward in the spring to take advantage of burgeoning insect populations, budding plants and an abundance of nesting locations. As winter approaches and the availability of insects and other food drops, the birds move south again. Escaping the cold is a motivating factor but many species, including hummingbirds, can withstand freezing temperatures as long as an adequate supply of food is available.

View Lesson Plan>>

Carolina Raptor Center

Carolina Raptor Center is dedicated to environmental stewardship and the conservation of birds of prey through education, research, and the rehabilitation of injured and orphaned raptors. Resident birds at the center include the king vulture, Chaco owl, American crow, red-tailed hawk, bald eagle, osprey, and many others. Groups can walk the ¾-mile Raptor Trail, see exhibits on raptors, watch bird presentations, and observe the raptors in Marcy's Observatory. Behind-the-scenes tours of the Carolina Raptor Center’s medical center and education trail are also available on the first and third weekends of every month. Students, scouts, homeschoolers, and campers can participate in formal education programs at the center.

contact info

Hrs: Vary by season.

Homeschool

Homeschool Days at the Carolina Raptor Center provide a variety of opportunities for homeschoolers to learn about raptors. Homeschoolers can meet two to three resident birds during a Meet the Raptors bird presentation, see more of the birds living at the center on a walk around the Raptor Trail, enjoy a fun raptor-themed scavenger hunt, and more. Discounts on special programming are available with Homeschool Day admission. See the website for upcoming Homeschool Days at the center.

topics covered:
Biology, environmental studies, living environment, animal science, Native Americans, ecology, conservation, habitats, physics, migration, mythology, art, natural history, language arts.

contact info
Name: Programs Department
Phone: 704-875-6521 ext. 210
Email: programs@carolinaraptorcenter.org

TRIP INFO

Grade Level: Early Childhood, Elementary School, Middle School, High School Group Size: Varies. Program Type: Day Trips, Guided Tours, Self-Guided Tours, Guided Activities. Recomm. Length of Visit: 4 hours. Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: Varies.Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: Varies.Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: Varies. Registration: Online, Phone, Email. Cost: Fee Accessible To: PD.

Bird Watching Lesson Plan

Birds migrate to move from areas of low or decreasing resources to areas of high or increasing resources. The two primary resources being sought are food and nesting locations.

Birds that nest in the Northern Hemisphere tend to migrate northward in the spring to take advantage of burgeoning insect populations, budding plants and an abundance of nesting locations. As winter approaches and the availability of insects and other food drops, the birds move south again. Escaping the cold is a motivating factor but many species, including hummingbirds, can withstand freezing temperatures as long as an adequate supply of food is available.

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