Summer Camps

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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 

Summer Camps are selling out quickly. If you register online, please await your emailed confirmation to guarantee your reservation, as some camps listed on the form may be full or almost full.

If you are interestedin a program that is sold out, call 412-258-9439 or email to be added to our wait list!


2018 Camp Ages and Dates are SOLD OUT!

Ages 4-5

Feathers & Fun Preschool Camp - SOLD OUT
Monday- Friday, June 18-22

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, parrots and owls, 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: Around the World in 80 Birds
Monday-Friday, June 25-29 SOLD OUT
Monday-Friday, July 9-13  SOLD OUT
9 am – 3 pm
$195 members / $205 nonmembers

2018 is being celebrated by National Geographic and the National Aviary as "Year of the Bird" and this camp will showcase all the ways that birds unite us. Campers will travel around the world without ever leaving Pittsburgh, discovering incredible places and the beautiful birds and people who call those places home. Highlights include trekking through the tropical rainforests with toucans and sloths, swimming around the rocky coasts of South Africa with African Penguins, flying down under with Rainbow Lorikeets, and experiencing the worlds of owls, parrots, flamingos and butterflies. Our location in Allegheny Commons Park is perfect for getting outside to play and discover nature right in our own backyard!


Ages 9-12

National Aviary Summer Adventure Camp: Around the World in 80 Birds
Monday-Friday, July 16-20 SOLD OUT
Monday-Friday,  July 23-27 SOLD OUT
9 am – 3 pm
$195 members / $205 nonmembers

With 2018 being celebrated by National Geographic and the National Aviary as "Year of the Bird," this camp will showcase how birds around the world are being saved and how their habitats are being protected by the people who live among them. From African Penguins to Amazon Parrots, campers will meet beautiful and dynamic birds from almost every continent and habitat, learning about their lives and their amazing adaptations. Highlights include exclusive access to the National Aviary's world-class immersive exhibits, the Helen M. Schmidt FliteZone TheaterTM, our rooftop theater, SkyDeck, and behind-the-scenes spaces. Campers will even help our keepers and trainers care for our flock.


Ages 13-16

Teen Weeks
Monday-Friday July 30-August 3 SOLD OUT

Monday-Friday August 6-10 SOLD OUT
9 am - 3 pm
$215 members / $225 nonmembers

New for 2018, the National Aviary is offering two sessions of our popular Teen Week.  Enjoy more 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, work among flocks of lorikeets, flamingos and penguins, and prep meals for our birds alongside aviculturists. They'll experience a day in the life of a zoo veterinarian in our state-of-the-art bird hospital, meeting patients and performing a necropsy. With our licensed falconer, they'll interact with birds of prey, and learn the latest bird training techniques from our Education Trainers.  And through a brand-new, exclusive opportunity, campers will 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!


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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.