Education Programs

Programs at Your Facility

The Center offers off-site educational programs that can be geared toward specific grade levels and that meet SC Science Standards. Programs include access to lesson plans for activities to be conducted by the teachers before and after the program.

Each one-hour program features a selection of bird of prey species and may include: owls, falcons, hawks, vultures and eagles. Students will learn about the specific adaptations of each of these birds that allow them to thrive in their own unique lifestyle. Students will be able to get their hands on bio-artifacts like feet, feathers and wings of various birds of prey and will also have the chance to ask questions they may have related to the birds. Flight demonstrations may be possible upon request.

Cost: $250 flat fee or $5 per student ($250 minimum)
Program Details:
1-hour program includes bio-artifacts
When: Tuesdays to Fridays during school hours
* Additional fees may apply for travel

Field Trips to the Center for Birds of Prey

Group visits to the Center are accepted on a reservation basis. They include a guided tour and a flight demonstration as described below as well as access to pre- and post-visit lesson plans. The tour and demonstration have been tailored to meet the requirements of the SC Science Standards.

Guided Tour: During your tour, one of the Center’s educators will lead your group in an exploration of some of the many exciting birds that are a part of our permanent collection. Discussions of various aspects of the birds’ natural history as well as conservation challenges facing the individual species will be tailored to fit the particular needs and interests of the group.

Flight Demonstration: One of the most unique and exciting aspects of the visitor experience at the Center for Birds of Prey is the free flight demonstration. See a falcon dive at speeds over 100 MPH. Listen closely as an owl coasts past your head without making a sound. Watch as trained eagles and vultures soar with wild raptors above the center’s flying fields. Each flight demonstration includes a period for questions and an up-close visit with the flight team birds.

Cost: $8/child,
$12/chaperone,
free for teachers

Program Details:
2-hour program includes guided walking tour, flight demonstration, and bio-artifacts and requires at least 25 attendees*
When: Tuesdays to Fridays at 10:30am or 2pm, alternate times available upon request
* Contact the Center for pricing for smaller groups.

Click here to download the request form.

 Other Special Programs

Owls by Moonlight

Owls. Their soft calls echo through the forest. Silently they hunt under the cover of darkness.

Spend a magical evening in the nocturnal world of owls. This program includes the following:

  • A reception with heavy hors d’oeuvres, beer, wine and refreshments in the Countess Alicia Paolozzi Owl Wood
  • Watch the owls fly by the light of the moon
  • Hear owls vocalizing during the time of day when they are most active
  • Experience nearly 15 different species of owls including native species as well as species from around the world

MEMBER RATE: $40
NON-MEMBER RATE: $50

Reserve now for Owls by Moonlight

 

Migratory Bird Walks

Recreational birdwatching has become one of America’s favorite and fastest growing outdoor activities. Birds reveal much to us about the natural world. With more than 10,000 species dispersed throughout the world, they can teach us about diversity, geography, food web dynamics, all of which fosters a greater understanding and respect for healthy ecosystems. And, they inspire us with flight and their amazing adaptations that allow them to succeed in an ever challenging world.

Join experienced birding guides for a Migratory Bird Walk ideal for the novice or experienced birder. After the walk, guests are invited to join the regular morning bird of prey tour and flight demonstrations at no additional cost.

MEMBER RATE: $15
NON-MEMBER RATE: $20

Reserve now for a Migratory Bird Walk

 

Photography Day

For both the amateur and professional photographer alike, there are few opportunities like Photography Day at the Center for Birds of Prey.

You will have the unique opportunity to:

  • Take close-up photos of live birds-of-prey in natural settings
  • Take a self-guided tour of the Center
  • Photograph flight demonstrations featuring several species of birds-of-prey in free flight

MEMBER RATE: $36 per photographer, $12 per adult observer, $8 per youth observer
NON-MEMBER RATE: $45 per photographer, $15 per adult observer, $10 per youth observer

Reserve now for Photography Day

 

Still Have Questions: Contact Us: info@thecenterforbirdsofprey.org or (843) 971-7474