Working with educators in conjunction with South Carolina state curriculum guidelines, the Center strives to ensure that students learn and understand the concepts of ecosystem and environmental issues, allowing them to make educated choices as they become tomorrow's decision-makers.

Why Birds of Prey?
Birds are wonderful study subjects for a variety of reasons, including their beauty and the conspicuous nature of their flight. The health of wild bird populations is also an excellent indicator of our environmental health as a whole. Birds of prey are excellent ambassadors for teaching a variety of subject areas, including, but of course not limited to:

- Biology
- Physics
- History
- Fine Arts
- Mathematics

The Center's standards-based curriculum helps educators and students successfully reach learning goals by examining the fascinating world of birds. Prior to a visit to the Center, teachers will receive background information as well as pre- and post-visit activities to prepare students for the experience and reinforce concepts upon returning to the classroom.

What does a standard program include?

- Introduction to South Carolina's indigenous birds of prey species as well as a number of non-indigenous species;

- Observation and natural history discussions about habitat needs and conservation challenges; and

- Interactions with live birds of prey and opportunities to see birds in free flight.

Scheduling Information
All school programs must be scheduled in advance by contacting the Center at (843) 971-7474 or

In-School Field Trip

- One-hour program delivered to your classroom.

- Available Tuesdays and Wednesdays only.

On-Site Program

- Approximately two hours of programming and all-day access to Center grounds.

- Available Tuesday - Friday between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.

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Injured Birds or Sightings

Call the Center immediately
at (843) 971-7474 to report it.

When you find an injured bird of prey or shorebird, your quick response may save its life. For complete instructions, see handling the injured bird.

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Upcoming Events

For more details about any of these activities, please see our Events page.

  • Southeastern Wildlife Exposition - February 13 - 15
  • New Volunteer Staff Orientation and Injured Bird Transport Workshop - March 1
  • Grand Re-Opening - March 7
  • International Migratory Bird Day - May 9
  • International Vulture Awareness Day - September 5
  • Pollinators' Week with the Birds and Bees - June 18 - 20
  • Migration to Memminger, Annual Gala - October 15
  • Owls in the Moonlight - March 5, July 30, November 5
  • Photography Day - March 8, April 19, May 10, November 8, 
  • December 13
  • Painted Bunting Bird Walk - May 2 and 16, June 6 and 13
  • Native Birds of South Carolina Bird Walk - July 11 and 25, August 1 and 15

For more details about any of the above activities, please see our Events page.

Hours & Location

The Center for Birds of Prey
4719 Highway 17N
Awendaw, SC 29429
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We are Open to the Public
Thurs. – Sat.: 10a.m. – 5p.m.
Tour Times: 10:30a.m. & 2:00p.m.

Buy Tickets Online
or call (800) 979-3370

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 1247
Charleston, SC 29402

Phone: 843.971.7474
Fax: 843.971.7029