Summer Camps

National Aviary Summer Camps are unlike any other field trip, classroom or camp!

Journey through a tropical jungle, feed our colony of African penguins, investigate veterinary science, discover falconry.  National Aviary Summer Camps enable children and teens to explore the wild world and their place in it—both indoors and out!

National Aviary Summer Camps provide opportunities unlike any other field trip, classroom or camp.  Campers have access to the National Aviary’s world-class exhibits, including the historic Tropical Forest and Wetlands, the Helen M. Schmidt TheaterTM, Sky Deck, Canary’s Call, and many behind-the-scenes spaces not accessible to the public.  Children can interact with favorite birds, like penguins, toucans and parrots.  And our location within Allegheny Commons Park is perfect for outdoor nature study and play.

Register with a credit card over the phone by calling 412-258-9439 or email education.programs@aviary.org.

 

2016 Camp Ages and Dates:

Ages 4-5

Feathers & Fun Preschool Camp
Monday- Friday, June 20-24
9 am - 12 pm
$115 members / $125 nonmembers

Looking for that unique summer experience for your early learner? Feathers and Fun Preschool Camp allows your 4-5 year old to discover the natural world in a safe, nurturing, live animal environment. Campers meet a different live bird each day, including penguins, chickens and ducks, and learn what makes them special through stories, games and crafts.  There is time to explore all of our exhibits, as well as play outdoors in our Rose Garden and Allegheny Commons Park.

 

Ages 6-8

National Aviary Summer Adventure Camp
Monday-Friday, June 27-July 1
Monday-Friday,  July 11-15
9 am – 3 pm
$175 members / $195 nonmembers

The best of the National Aviary bundled into 5 days of fun! Campers have access to the National Aviary’s world-class immersive exhibits, the Helen M Schmidt FliteZoneTM Theater, SkyDeck, and behind-the-scenes spaces. Explore the depths of a tropical jungle, finding toucans and sloths along the way. Discover dozens of tiny feathered friends in our Grasslands. Help us to feed our Brown Pelicans, African Penguins, Rainbow Lorikeets and more! Meet our flock of parrots, make some parrot toys, and watch them play!  You’ll even help us to train our amazing show birds. And our location in Allegheny Commons Park is perfect for getting outside to play and discover nature right in our backyard!

Falconry Fun MiniCamp
Monday, July 6
9 am - 3pm
$75 members / $85 nonmembers

Many different birds of prey are used in the sport of falconry.   Campers will discover more about these amazing hunters and how they are trained for the sport. This special session is led by our certified falconer!

 

Ages 9-12

National Aviary Summer Adventure Camp
Monday-Friday, July 18-22
Monday-Friday, July 25-29
9 am – 3 pm
$175 members / $195 nonmembers

The best of the National Aviary bundled into 5 days of fun!  Campers have access to the National Aviary’s world-class immersive exhibits, the Helen M Schmidt FliteZoneTM Theater, SkyDeck, and behind-the-scenes spaces. Explore the depths of a tropical jungle, finding toucans and sloths along the way. Discover dozens of tiny feathered friends in our Grasslands. Help us to feed our Brown Pelicans, African Penguins, Lories and more! Meet our flock of parrots, make some parrot toys, and watch them play! You'll even help us to train our amazing show birds. And our location in Allegheny Commons Park is perfect for getting outside to play and discover nature right in our backyard!

To Be a Falconer MiniCamp
Tuesday, July 7
9 am - 3pm
$75 members / $85 nonmembers

Discover Falconry, the sport that combines the outdoors with animal training. Campers receive a behind the scenes look at the care and training of birds used in this sport and explore the skills needed to be a real-life falconer! This special session is led by our certified falconer!

 

Teen Week
Ages 13-15 and Ages 16-18 (concurrent sessions)

Monday-Friday August 1-5
9 am - 3 pm
$175 members / $195 nonmembers

By popular demand, we've created a full week of immersive experiences just for teens! Discover what it takes to care for, feed and train more than 500 birds! You'll explore a day in the life of a zoo veterinarian, going into the National Aviary's bird hospital, meeting patients, conducting physical exams and performing a necropsy. You'll meet with our aviculturists, exploring our free-flight exhibits, making diets, and working among flocks of lorikeets, flamingos and penguins. Shadow our certified falconer, interacting with birds of prey, and learning the latest bird training techniques from our Education Trainers. Birding hikes through Allegheny Commons Park and time to capture images of beautiful National Aviary birds through nature photography or sketching will round out this unforgettable experience!