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Curator Natalie Childers teaches a class about bird beaks to a group of fifth graders from Trinity Episcopal School. Photo by Michele Miller Houck.

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Nature instills in everyone a sense of beauty and calmness. It exposes us to things that are alive and growing and promotes curiosity and exploration. – Condie Ward, Teaching Young Children

Throughout the year, Carolina Raptor Center’s informal programs on the Raptor Trail are available each weekend. Designed for all audiences, these programs offer families and other visitors the opportunity to interact with our raptor experts and to get nose to beak with our resident birds. Whether you take a walk with a vulture or meet and greet one of our amazing raptors in the Raptor Trail, these experiences are planned and spontaneous, so check the schedule and keep your eyes peeled!


Information Station
Our docent volunteers are some of the most knowledgeable bird nerds around. Each weekend, they pull out the stops to provide interesting stories and facts about our resident raptors. Don't miss the information stations at the falcons, owls, and vultures. 

Raptor Encounters
We offer multiple experiences throughout the year where our resident birds get up close and personal with our visitors. Vultures and hawks; Falcons and eagles! Join in the fun. More info.

Bird Show
Taking off on Memorial Day weekend, our Bird Show is exciting AND educational. Feel the wind from a raptor's wing as they fly overhead.

Heat Index Procedure and Guideline

When the heat index is over 95 degrees CRC will cancel all bird appearances, bird 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.

Why do we cancel shows when it is too hot? More info.