Bird Watching Bus Tours, Trips, & Classes

Guided wild bird tours, perfect for all ages and experience levels:

Let us handle the details – board a luxury coach, sit back, and relax as you head to ideal birding locations, led by National Aviary Ornithologist Bob Mulvihill. Call 412-258-9463 or email audrey.beichner@aviary.org to sign up today!

  • Riverboat Birding - August 17 | 8 am - 12 pm
    This morning long trip will board the Explorer at 8:00am and "shove off" by 8:30.  As the boat captain steers along the shorelines of the Three Rivers, Bob will help you search for big and small river birds, such as cormorants, eagles, herons, mergansers, and Cedar Waxwings.
  • Adventure to Alaska with the National Aviary - August 17 - 30, 2019
    Join Dr. Pilar Fish, Director of Veterinary Medicine for the National Aviary, on this two week tour of Alaska and the Yukon with AAA Travel! This trip offers the rare opportunity to travel by land, enhancing your opportunity to see a wide variety of wildlife, with Dr. Fish available to offer interesting insights! 

National Aviary Ornithologist Series for Groups:

Select from one of these fascinating presentations delivered by our ornithologist for groups of 15 people or more. Live bird appearances are not included. 

  • Bird Conservation
    Get an insider look at the National Aviary’s bird conservation projects at home and across the globe.
  • Identify that Bird
    Prime your bird-watching skills by learning more about the birds of the Pittsburgh region, and how the right binoculars, field guides and apps can support your success.
  • Birding by Ear
    This introduction to bird song teaches you how to identify birds by their songs and calls. It is a must for any new or seasoned birdwatcher.
  • What’s Good for Birds is Good for Your Backyard
    This overview of bird-friendly habitats is a great starting point for creating a space that is attractive to birds and healthier for you!

National Aviary Educational Programs can be adapted and modified to fit any age group.  If you have any questions, please email education.programs@aviary.org or call 412-258-9439.

Behind-the-scenes Experiences at the National Aviary: 

  • Be a VIP at the National Aviary!
    Get the star treatment at the National Aviary!  Families, friends or couples can customize their VIP experience by selecting from an exciting menu of options, including exclusive, behind the scenes activities!
    Cost: $300 per person, or $500 for 2 people
  • Be a Trainer for a Day!
    Spend a full day alongside our aviculturists and trainers, discovering what it takes to care for, feed and train more than 500 birds. See a show with a bird training session. Help to feed beauitful birds, and spend some time with our colony of African penguins!
    Cost: $275 per person, or $450 for 2 people

Book your VIP Experience or Trainer for Day today by calling 412-258-9439. Plus, check out our NEW Bird of Prey Flight Encounter!