National Aviary

The National Aviary is America’s only independent indoor nonprofit zoo dedicated exclusively to birds. The aviary is home to over 600 birds of more than 200 different species, many rare or endangered in the wild. The National Aviary offers large walk-through exhibits, intimate interactions between visitors and free-flying birds, and opportunities to meet many rare or endangered species. The collection of over 150 species, representing nearly every continent, includes the Bald Eagle, Snowy Owl, American Flamingo, Green-Winged Macaw, African Penguin, Hooded Vulture, Lanner falcon, Mandarin Duck, Palm Cockatoo, and many others.

contact info

Hrs: Daily, 10AM-5PM.

School

The National Aviary has a variety of school programs for groups in preschool, kindergarten, and grade school to enjoy. Program activities include preparing meals for the birds, meeting live species, necropsy labs, and more. Add-on experiences such as theater shows, owl pellet dissections, and more are also available.

supports classroom learning in:
Science.

topics covered:
Biology, birds, animal science, animal adaptations, animal behaviors, conservation.

contact info
Name: Patricia O’Neill
Email: Patricia.Oneill@aviary.org

TRIP INFO

Grade Level: All Grades Group Size: 15 minimum. Program Type: Day Trips, Guided Tours, Self-Guided Tours, Guided Activities, Self-Guided Activities. Recomm. Length of Visit: Varies. Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: 10:1, 5:1.Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: 10:1, 5:1.Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: 10:1, 5:1. Registration: Online, Phone, Email. Food Options: Available for purchase, Catering. Cost: Fee Accessible To: PD, HI, VI.

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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National Aviary

The National Aviary is America’s only independent indoor nonprofit zoo dedicated exclusively to birds. The aviary is home to over 600 birds of more than 200 different species, many rare or endangered in the wild. The National Aviary offers large walk-through exhibits, intimate interactions between visitors and free-flying birds, and opportunities to meet many rare or endangered species. The collection of over 150 species, representing nearly every continent, includes the Bald Eagle, Snowy Owl, American Flamingo, Green-Winged Macaw, African Penguin, Hooded Vulture, Lanner falcon, Mandarin Duck, Palm Cockatoo, and many others.

contact info

Hrs: Daily, 10AM-5PM.

Scouts

Programs and Specialty Classes for scouts troops are available at the aviary. Contact the National Aviary for more information on scout programs that can be used to fulfill Bird Study, Nature, and other badge requirements.

supports scout badges in:
Science.

topics covered:
Biology, bird study, animal science, animal adaptations, animal behaviors, conservation.

contact info
Name: Reservationist
Phone: 412-258-9439
Email: education.programs@aviary.org

TRIP INFO

Grade Level: All Grades Group Size: 15 minimum. Program Type: Day Trips, Guided Tours, Self-Guided Tours, Guided Activities, Self-Guided Activities. Recomm. Length of Visit: Varies. Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: 10:1, 5:1.Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: 10:1, 5:1.Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: 10:1, 5:1. Registration: Online, Phone, Email. Food Options: Available for purchase, Catering. Cost: Fee Accessible To: PD, HI, VI.

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>>

National Aviary

The National Aviary is America’s only independent indoor nonprofit zoo dedicated exclusively to birds. The aviary is home to over 600 birds of more than 200 different species, many rare or endangered in the wild. The National Aviary offers large walk-through exhibits, intimate interactions between visitors and free-flying birds, and opportunities to meet many rare or endangered species. The collection of over 150 species, representing nearly every continent, includes the Bald Eagle, Snowy Owl, American Flamingo, Green-Winged Macaw, African Penguin, Hooded Vulture, Lanner falcon, Mandarin Duck, Palm Cockatoo, and many others.

contact info

Hrs: Daily, 10AM-5PM.

Camp

Campers can Get nose-to-beak with an eagle, talk to a parrot, see eye-to-eye with a penguin, and participate in other daily interactive encounters offered at the aviary. Add fun programs such as theater shows or veterinary experience necropsy labs to your field trip visit. Bus parking is available at an additional fee.

contact info
Name: Audrey Beichner
Phone: 412-258-9463

TRIP INFO

Grade Level: All Grades Group Size: 15 minimum. Program Type: Day Trips, Guided Tours, Self-Guided Tours, Guided Activities, Self-Guided Activities. Recomm. Length of Visit: Varies. Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: 10:1, 5:1.Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: 10:1, 5:1.Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: 10:1, 5:1. Registration: Online, Phone, Email. Food Options: Available for purchase, Catering. Cost: Fee Accessible To: PD, HI, VI.

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>>

National Aviary

The National Aviary is America’s only independent indoor nonprofit zoo dedicated exclusively to birds. The aviary is home to over 600 birds of more than 200 different species, many rare or endangered in the wild. The National Aviary offers large walk-through exhibits, intimate interactions between visitors and free-flying birds, and opportunities to meet many rare or endangered species. The collection of over 150 species, representing nearly every continent, includes the Bald Eagle, Snowy Owl, American Flamingo, Green-Winged Macaw, African Penguin, Hooded Vulture, Lanner falcon, Mandarin Duck, Palm Cockatoo, and many others.

contact info

Hrs: Daily, 10AM-5PM.

Homeschool

Special classes can be tailored for your homeschool group at the National Aviary. Choose from topics such as animal adaptations, veterinary studies, penguin behaviors, birds of prey, and more.

topics covered:
Science, biology, birds, animal science, animal adaptations, animal behaviors, conservation.

contact info
Name: Education Group Coordinator
Phone: 412-258-9439
Email: education.programs@aviary.org

TRIP INFO

Grade Level: All Grades Group Size: 15 minimum. Program Type: Day Trips, Guided Tours, Self-Guided Tours, Guided Activities, Self-Guided Activities. Recomm. Length of Visit: Varies. Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: 10:1, 5:1.Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: 10:1, 5:1.Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: 10:1, 5:1. Registration: Online, Phone, Email. Food Options: Available for purchase, Catering. Cost: Fee Accessible To: PD, HI, VI.

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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