For a Day Experiences

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Trainer Colleen Roddick helps this young keeper with Willow, the Barn Owl. Staff photo.

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Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened. – Anatole France

Keeper for a Day

Discover what it takes to feed, train and care for over 100 resident birds. Keeper for a Day participants will work hands-on alongside Carolina Raptor Center staff for the experience of a lifetime. Shadow our Rehabilitation staff and learn about rehabilitating birds of prey. Join our flight team and help train owls, hawks, and falcons. Daily raptor keeper responsibilities include feeding, enrichment, training, and even resident bird health exams.

The Keeper for a Day program is open to people ages 12 and up. We are able to accommodate up to four participants at once. Sessions last 2 hours and can be scheduled for any day of the week between the hours of 9:00 am and 4:00 pm. Between Memorial Day Weekend and Labor Day Weekend, experiences are offered Monday through Friday only.

Details
Members: $200 for 2 people*
Nonmembers: $275 for 2 people*
To register, click here to submit an online request form.
Must be booked a minimum of two weeks in advance.
Registrants under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

*Note: Additional fees may apply to requests to interact with specific or rare species.


Veterinarian for a Day

Shadow our Veterinary and Rehabilitation staff and learn about rehabilitating birds of prey. Observe intake exams, X-rays, physical therapy sessions and even surgery. Spend a half hour with our Resident Bird Care staff feeding and training birds. A real inside look into the world of avian medicine.

The Vet for a Day program is open to people ages 12 and up. We are able to accommodate up to four participants at once. Sessions last 2 hours and can be scheduled for any day of the week between the hours of 9:00 am and 4:00 pm. Vet’s hours may vary (generally M-F). 

Details
Members: $200 for 2 people*
Nonmembers: $275 for 2 people*
To register, click here to submit an online request form.
Must be booked a minimum of two weeks in advance.

Photographer for a Day 

Designed after our Keeper for a Day and PhotoWILD experiences, this 2-hour session is a photographer's dream. We'll have 3-4 raptor models available so that you can get great shots of our birds up close. Our staff "art directors" will guide you through the experience by bringing out birds on the glove and placing them on natural perches. Make sure to bring your camera, extra memory cards, and tripod for an unforgettable experience! For up to 2 participants (for amateur or professional photographers).

Open to people ages 12 and up. Sessions last 2 hours and can be scheduled for any day of the week between the hours of 9:00 am and 4:00 pm. Between Memorial Day Weekend and Labor Day Weekend, exeperiences are offered Monday through Friday only.

Details
Members: $200 for 2 people*
Nonmembers: $275 for 2 people*
To register, click here to submit an online request form.
Must be booked a minimum of two weeks in advance.

Keeper and Veterinarian for a Day

Interested in a more in depth look with both Keeper for a Day and Vet for a Day? Do a combined experience of the two. Spend 1 ½ hours with our Rehabilitation staff and 1 ½ hours with our Resident Bird Care staff for a 3 hour experience sure to ruffle your feathers (in a good way, of course). Between Memorial Day Weekend and Labor Day Weekend, exeperiences are offered Monday through Friday only.

Details
Members: $300 for 2 people
Nonmembers: $375 for 2 people 
To register, click here to submit an online request form.
Must be booked a minimum of two weeks in advance.