Summer Camps

Summer Camp Registration is now OPEN!

Birds and dinosaurs at the National Aviary this summer!

Whether you want to travel back in time or explore the modern world, there is a camp for you. Did you know that birds are living descendants of dinosaurs?  Meet the National Aviary’s living dinosaurs like African Penguins, Owls, Parrots, and more. Learn about how birds play a role in the environment today as well as in prehistoric times. Journey through our new dinosaur activities only here during the summer as well as the amazing habitats that our birds call home.

Our fees include admission, all of our exciting camp activities, supplies, a camp T-shirt, and time to explore our beautiful free-flight habitats. 

 

Ages 4 - 5: Little Dino Camp

Monday, June 17 - Friday, June 21, 2019
Morning Session: 9 am - 12 pm
OR
NEW Afternoon Session: 1 pm - 4 pm
$125 members/$135 nonmembers

Looking for a unique summer experience for your early learner? Come discover the world’s living dinosaurs - BIRDS! Campers will trek through the wetlands and travel deep into the heart of the tropical rainforest as we explore birds of all colors, patterns, shapes, and sizes in the National Aviary’s free flight bird habitats. Campers meet a different bird each day, including penguins, parrots, and owls, and learn what makes birds and dinosaurs special through stories, games, and crafts. There is time to explore all of our habitats, as well as play outside in our Rose Garden and Allegheny Commons Park.

Please note: no lunch is offered for Little Dino Camp.

Register here!


Ages 6 - 8 and Ages 9 - 12

NEW for 2019, the National Aviary is now offering two different and exciting camp themes for ages 6 - 8 and 9 - 12! Register for one or both sessions for your camper. 

Dinosaur Explorer Camp

AGES 6 - 8
Monday, June 24 - Friday, June 28, 2019
9 am - 3 pm
$195 members/$205 nonmembers

AGES 9 - 12
Monday, July 15  - Friday, July 19, 2019
9 am - 3 pm
$195 members/$205 nonmembers

Fly through time to discover what life was like when dinosaurs roamed the Earth and meet their living decedents - birds! Compare the skulls, claws, and eggs of dinosaurs and birds to learn how dinosaurs found their food, raised their young, and took to the skies to become the birds we know today. Design your own “Aviary-o-saurus” dinosaur species based on your observations of birds at the National Aviary, and learn how fossils form while you make your very own fossils, bones, and dinosaur eggs to take home.

Highlights include access to the National Aviary’s world-class immersive habitats, the Helen M. Schmidt FliteZone Theater, our rooftop theater SkyDeck, and behind-the-scenes spaces not available to the general public. Campers will even learn how we care for our birds by helping our keepers and trainers care for our flock.

Register here!


Aviary Explorer Camp

AGES 6 - 8
Monday, July 8 - Friday, July 12, 2019
9 am - 3 pm
$195 members/$205 nonmembers

AGES 9 - 12
Monday, July 22 - Friday, July 26, 2019
9 am - 3 pm
$195 members/$205 nonmembers

Come experience our birds through the eyes of our expert aviculturists! Study the natural world birds live in by traveling through our world class immersive habitats, including our newly renovated Tropical Forest. Investigate amazing adaptations during up close encounters with our birds, including African penguins, parrots, and owls. Discover how our expert animal care staff take care of and train our birds by visiting behind-the-scenes spaces and helping take care for our flock. And put on your binoculars as we learn how ornithologists find and study native birds while bird watching in Allegheny Commons Park, the perfect place to play outside and discover nature right in our own backyard!

Highlights include access to the National Aviary’s world-class immersive habitats, the Helen M. Schmidt FliteZone Theater, our rooftop theater SkyDeck, and behind-the-scenes spaces not available to the general public. Campers will even learn how we care for our birds by helping our keepers and trainers care for our flock. 

Register here!

 

Ages 13 - 16: Teen Week

Monday, July 29 - Friday, August 2, 2019
                         AND
Monday, August 5 - Friday, August 9, 2019
9 am - 3 pm
$215 members/$225 nonmembers

Is your teen interested in a career in animal care, conservation, or animal behavior? Then they will love our Aviary Explorer Camp! Enjoy science activities and new bird studies within the National Aviary and in the field with our ornithologist (materials and transportation included!). Campers will experience hands-on ornithology, birding, and conservation!

Campers will explore the National Aviary’s free-flight habitats, including the newly renovated Tropical Forest, work among flocks of lorikeets, flamingos, and penguins, and prepare meals for our flock alongside our expert aviculturists. Your teen will experience a day in the life of a zoo veterinarian in our state of the art bird hospital, meeting patients and even performing a necropsy. With our licensed falconer, campers will interact with birds of prey and learn the latest bird training techniques from our Education Trainers. Through hands-on exploration, campers will learn about the tools and techniques ornithologists use to study birds and their habitats by flying camera drones and capturing images of our birds on camera traps. Campers will even travel to a natural habitat to practice research with our ornithologist, learning how and why scientists study birds in the field! Birding hikes through Allegheny Commons and time to capture images of beautiful National Aviary birds through nature photography or sketching will round out this unforgettable experience. 

Register here!

 

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PLEASE NOTE: The National Aviary is NOT an allergen-free facility, as many of our birds’ diets include nuts, seeds, and other potential human allergens.