Raptor Encounters

Never a day passes but that I do myself the honor to commune with some of nature's varied forms. – George Washington Carver

What (or whom?) will you encounter on the Raptor Trail?

Enjoy a variety of "nose to beak" encounters with some of our most interesting raptor species. It is sure to ellicit wonder in your whole family. Tickets will be sold online up until 24 hours before the encounter.

Raptor Encounters Details 

Offered most Saturdays at 11am and most Sundays at 1 pm
Through November 2018 — Check calendar for details.
Not ADA accessible.
Must be 10 or older to participate, children 16 and under must be accompanied by a paying adult.
Fees include Regular Admission.

30-minute Eagle Encounter

Take a step into the Eagle Aviary if you dare, have a conversation with Zlaty, the Golden Eagle, and tour Marcy’s Eagle Research Observatory. During this 30-minute encounter, participants will get “nose to beak” with some of our Bald and Golden Eagle residents and have an opportunity to take a photograph with one of these majestic creatures. The Eagle Encounter costs $35 members/$43/non-members (includes admission fee). Reservations are recommended. Limited to 6 participants. 


Private Encounters

Can’t make one of the scheduled raptor encounters? You can work with our staff to schedule your own private Nose-to-Beak Experience! Please note that some of our encounters are only offered at certain times of the year. For further information and registration, please click the big green Book Private Encounter button. 

NOTE: We're currently fully booked until Spring 2019.

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.

Why we cancel shows because of heat...more info.