Plan Your Group Visit

Our education programs allow people of all ages to see live birds of prey such as falcons, owls, hawks and eagles up-close, and to learn about the impressive adaptations and behaviors of these remarkable birds, as well as the conservation issues that affect them.

Groups have the option of having Center educators bring birds directly to their facility for an outreach program or arrange for their group to visit the Center for a tour and flight demonstration.

School Groups

Nothing can match the excitement of being near live birds of prey to grab a student's attention and create teachable moments. Birds of prey can easily be used to meet a variety of state science standards, and our staff can focus the program based on your curriculum needs.

Classroom Visits. The Center for Birds of Prey education staff can bring birds of prey directly to your school for an exciting and informative education program. Students can observe birds of prey up-close as the Center educators use inquiry methods and hands-on objects to provide students with an interactive educational experience. The programs also typically include a flying demonstration, allowing students to observe flight behaviors first-hand.

Programs can be arranged to occur in a classroom or larger auditorium for 30 to 90 minutes. The Center for Birds of Prey's education staff can also be scheduled to conduct more than one program during their visit to your school.

On-site Visits. On-site programs may be scheduled Tuesday - Friday between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. During the program, students will see birds of prey from all over the world as the education staff uses inquiry methods to provide students with an interactive educational experience. The students are then brought to the Center's flying field for a flight demonstration with live raptors in which the students will observe flight behaviors of a variety of birds of prey, including owls, hawks, falcons and eagles.

To arrange an educational program for your school group, please contact the Center at (843) 971-7474, or send an email to info@thecenterforbirdsofprey.org.

Overnight Camping Groups

Open to chaperoned groups of at least 30 to 100 (schools, churches, Boy and Girl Scouts, YMCA, etc.), the Overnight Group Education Program will offer a bird’s eye view of the Center’s grounds and various bird species.  The program is offered to campers ages six to 17 on the 2nd and 4th weekends of each month.

The Center will provide two hours of curriculum each day, a designated camping area with a fire pit and picnic table, and all-day access to the grounds.  The curriculum features an introduction to birds of prey species (native and non-native to South Carolina), observation and natural history discussion regarding conservation challenges and habitat needs, and an opportunity to experience live raptors up-close during awe-inspiring flight demonstrations.

Reservations require a minimum of 30 attendees and must be booked by a group leader/chaperone.  Rates are $20 per attendee for one night or $30 per attendee for two nights.  To request an application, contact the Center for Birds of Prey at (843) 971-7474, or send an email to info@thecenterforbirdsofprey.org.

Adult and Family Groups

Outreach Program. The Center for Birds of Prey education staff can bring birds of prey directly to your facility for an exciting and informative education program. Groups can observe birds of prey up-close as the Center's educators provide an interactive educational experience. The programs also typically include a flying demonstration, allowing groups to observe flight behaviors first-hand.

On-site Visits. On-site programs can be scheduled Tuesday - Friday between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. During the guided walking tour, Center educators will introduce participants to birds of prey from all over the world, sharing unique characteristics and adaptations, as well as conservation challenges impacting each species. The program concludes with a compelling raptor flight demonstration.

Discounts are available for groups of 25 or more.

To arrange an educational program for your adult or family group, please contact the Center at (843) 971-7474, or send an email to info@thecenterforbirdsofprey.org.

Special Events, Weddings, etc.

The Center is happy to offer four unique event venues on our 152-acre  campus.

Eagle Island is a small island perfect for an intimate, casual gathering under the oaks.  Enjoy a seated dinner for 50 or a Lowcountry boil and bonfire with standing room for up to 100 guests.

Hawkwatch Viewing Platform is a raised deck used for migration studies, which offers a stunning location for an outside event with expansive views that include a shore bird rookery.  Space is suitable for a seated dinner of up to 30 or passed hors d’ouevres for 50.

Countess Paolozzi Owl Wood is a charming area nestled under a canopy of trees and is an ideal venue for small special events.  A circular cleared space is available for catering or tents and is surrounded by exhibits of various species of owls.  Space is suitable for a seated dinner of up to 50 or standing room for 100. 

Flying Field & Amphitheater is our largest outdoor space and is perfect for events that require a nontraditional layout or an unconventional setting. Whether you prefer to have a tent and stage or tables under the stars, the Flying Field is great for large groups.  Space is suitable for a seated dinner of up to 200 or standing room for more than 350.

Please contact Kara Viacrucis via email or by calling (843) 971-7474 for more information.

Photography Groups

The Center is happy to work with your group to schedule a private photography session. Please contact the Center at (843) 971-7474, or send an email to info@thecenterforbirdsofprey.org, for information or to schedule a program.

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Upcoming Events

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


Sunday Family Funday

 Sunday, July 27 and August 10

1-5pm


Swallow-tailed Kite Outing

Saturday, August 2

8:30am


New Volunteer Staff Orientation & Transport Training

Sunday, August 24

2-5pm


Vulture Awareness Day

Friday, September 6

10a-5pm


Migration to Memminger

Thursday, October 9th

6:30-9:30pm


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Hours & Location

The Center for Birds of Prey
4872 Seewee Road
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.

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

Phone: 843.971.7474
Fax: 843.971.7029