Special Programs

Groups - Special Programs

Look closely or you might miss Queen Beatrice, the Eurasian Eagle Owl, posing for her close up after flying over the crowd at the flight show. Photo by Michele Miller Houck.

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Individual commitment to a group effort - that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work. – Vince Lombardi

Available Year-Round

Behind the Scenes Tour

*THIS PROGRAM IS CURRENTLY SUSPENDED WHILE WE MAKE UPDATES TO IT. PLEASE CHECK BACK SOON FOR WHEN WE START THE REVISED VERSION OF BEHIND THE SCENES TOURS!

Go behind the scenes at Carolina Raptor Center’s medical center and education trail, boasting one of the country’s most extensive collections of birds of prey. At the hospital, staff admits, treats and performs surgery and physical therapy on more than 1,000 birds a year. The goal is to get the majestic creatures healthy and released back into the wild.

  • Approximate Length of Experience: 1.15 hours
  • Min./Max. Number of Participants: 12 maximum *
  • Availability: Available first and third weekends of the month (2 p.m. on Saturday and 12:30 p.m. on Sunday) or by reservation.
  • Cost: $15 per person (includes admission).

* Must be 7 or older to participate

PhotoWILD!

Amateur and professional photographers alike will enjoy this professional photo shoot featuring Carolina Raptor Center’s resident raptors. Featuring species such as owls, eagles, and hawks, each outing highlights more than 20 different raptors. Begin with an early-bird breakfast, followed by six, 30-minute sessions, where several birds will serve as models for the snapshots. The final hour of each day features the Center’s flight show superstars in free flight.

  • Approximate Length of Experience: 4 hours
  • Min./Max. Number of Participants: 10 - 30
  • Availability: Reservation required at least four weeks in advance.
  • Cost: $90 per person for one-day session; $150 per person for two-day session.

Private sessions are available upon request, call or email our Education and Program Manager Kate Shaner (programs@carolinaraptorcenter.org) for more information 704-875-6521 x 210.

Available Year-Round

Private Live Bird Presentations

Do you want something a little bit special for your group? Schedule a live bird presentation featuring Carolina Raptor Center’s permanent residents on the glove. Learn about conservation issues, natural history, and the native and exotic species that live here.

  • Approximate Length of Experience: 45 minutes plus time to walk the Raptor Trail.
  • Min./Max. Number of Participants: 22 minimum/No maximum. (Large groups please contact our education department in advance at programs@carolinaraptorcenter.org)
  • Availability: Reservation required at least two weeks in advance. Subject to staff availability.
  • Cost: $7/each - $154 minimum