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 using our Summer Camp Online Registration, with a credit card over the phone by calling 412-258-9439, or email education.programs@aviary.org.

 

2017 Camp Ages and Dates:

Ages 4-5

Feathers & Fun Preschool Camp
Monday- Friday, June 19-23
9 am - 12 pm
$125 members / $135 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 environment with live animals. Campers meet a different 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 26-30
Monday-Friday,  July 10-14
9 am – 3 pm
$195 members / $205 nonmembers

The best of the National Aviary bundled into 5 days of fun!  Our theme for 2017 is Fantastic Birds--Find Them at the National Aviary, and includes new activities and magical twists on old favorites! 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 with toucans and sloths.  Discover dozens of tiny feathered friends in our Grasslands.  Feed our Brown Pelicans, African Penguins, Rainbow Lorikeets and more!  Our flock of parrots can’t wait to play with the toys you’ll make for them, and our show birds are ready for your training sessions.  Our location in Allegheny Commons Park is perfect for getting outside to play and discover nature right in our backyard!

NEW!  Art at the Aviary MiniCamp
Friday, June 16
9 am - 3pm
$85 members / $95 nonmembers

Our brand new one-day session enables your creative side and our wild side to collide!  The colors and textures of our birds and exhibits provide the inspiration for a unique art project that campers will make and take home.  Our birds will join in on the fun, demonstrating their own artistic skills through demonstrations and trainings.  This special session is led by staff artists.

Falconry Fun MiniCamp
Thursday, July 6
9 am - 3pm
$85 members / $95 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 licensed falconer!

 

Ages 9-12

National Aviary Summer Adventure Camp
Monday-Friday, July 17-21
Monday-Friday,  July 24-28
9 am – 3 pm
$195 members / $205 nonmembers

The best of the National Aviary bundled into 5 days of fun!  Our theme for 2017 is Fantastic Birds--Find Them at the National Aviary, and includes new activities and magical twists on old favorites! 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 with toucans and sloths.  Discover dozens of tiny feathered friends in our Grasslands.  Feed our Brown Pelicans, African Penguins, Rainbow Lorikeets and more!  Our flock of parrots can’t wait to play with the toys you’ll make for them, and our show birds are ready for your training sessions.  Our location in Allegheny Commons Park is perfect for getting outside to play and discover nature right in our backyard!

NEW!  Art at the Aviary MiniCamp
Wednesday, August 9
9 am - 3pm
$85 members / $95 nonmembers

Our brand new one-day session enables your creative side and our wild side to collide!  The colors and textures of our birds and exhibits provide the inspiration for a unique art project that campers will make and take home.  Our birds will join in on the fun, demonstrating their own artistic skills through demonstrations and trainings.  This special session is led by staff artists.

 

To Be a Falconer MiniCamp
Friday, July 7
9 am - 3pm
$85 members / $95 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 licensed falconer!

 

Teen Week
Ages 13-16

Monday-Friday July 31-August 4
9 am - 3 pm
$195 members / $205 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!