Homeschool Days At CRC

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Students make and hang bird feeders in an activity on a Homeschool Day in 2015. Photo by Michele Miller Houck.

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The world is the true classroom. The most rewarding and important type of learning is through experience, seeing something with our own eyes. – Jack Hanna

Welcome homeschoolers for a day of fun and science at Carolina Raptor Center. Join us for a Meet the Raptors Presentation, where our docents and staff present 2-3 birds on the glove. Walk the Raptor Trail and enjoy our 37 species of raptors and other birds. You can try the scavenger hunt and search for Raptor trivia along the way. Create a Raptor craft. Write down your Raptor observations and add it to the Owl Forest Nature Notebook exhibit. Carolina Raptor Center's curriculum based programming informs everything we do. You'll find that a visit to CRC will meet many of the science-based goals included in your homeschool curriculum. And as an added bonus, families will enjoy $2 off regular admission and special programming at Carolina Raptor Center.

Homeschool Days Details

  • $2 off admission for teachers and students
  • Carolina Raptor Center Opens at 10 am
  • Meet the Raptors at 11 am
  • Nature Activity at 2 pm

Homeschool Days for 2016-2017

  • July 8, 2016
  • October 14, 2016
  • January 6, 2017
  • April 7, 2017
  • July 7, 2017
  • October 20, 2017

Heat Index Procedure and Guideline

When the heat index is over 95 degrees CRC will cancel all bird appearances, flight shows, and encounters. If you purchase tickets in advance, someone from our Visitor Services team will contact you directly about the cancelation. If you have any questions about this, please call our Visitor Center at (704) 875-6521 x.107. Please check our website the day of your visit for the most recent changes in program and event schedules. When shows are canceled other trail programs are put in place during the scheduled times of 1pm and 3pm on Saturdays and 1:30pm and 3pm on Sundays.

Natalie Childers, CRC's Curator of Birds and Programs, gives a more detailed explanation of why this procedure and guideline is in place below.  

"On average, the birds in our collection run a regular body temperature of 101 degrees or above. Feathering and body structure do not allow birds to sweat, which is why you see them panting to release excess heat (much as a dog or cat will do when they get too warm). If you were to watch birds in their natural habitat, even those local to this area and “used to sitting in the heat,” they will often sit in a shady spot and sleep the whole day through on extremely hot days, and may even choose not to hunt on those days. The inability to sweat, high body temperature, and an already accelerated heart rate means that raptors (and other birds) becoming stressed can be a life or death situation. Being encouraged to exercise or fly in extreme temperature conditions, when they would normally avoid doing so in the wild, could lead to overheating and become dangerous for the bird. In addition, a vast majority of our flight collection are owls, birds that are naturally lazy and fly at nighttime when temperatures are lower. Several of this species are also found in colder climates and are not native to our humid, hot weather. To keep our birds safe (after all, they’re the reason why we’re here!) we choose not to fly them when the heat index is 95 or above. Not only can flying them be dangerous, the birds will most often choose NOT to fly whether we ask them to or not. Our training using positive reinforcement means that the birds are always given a choice, and if the answer is no, we have to respect that and move along to something else. The way we explain to kids is this: Imagine running a marathon at top speed in this kind of heat. Now imagine you’re doing so while wearing a winter coat and pants. That is how the birds would feel were we to “exercise” or “fly” them on such hot days. In addition to bird safety, we also keep in mind the health and well being of our staff, volunteers, and interns. When the weather reaches high temperatures, we encourage even our bird care staff to be inside as much as possible and drink water constantly." - Natalie Childers, Curator of Birds and Programs