Choose your Program

The National Aviary offers a variety of age-appropriate topics that address state standards. All programs include live birds—living links to nature and conservation across the globe. You customize your visit by selecting the topic you desire!

Preschool and Kindergarten
Elementary School
Middle and High School

Preschool and Kindergarten Programs

Ages 2-3

 
Junior Chefs

Using kitchen playsets, each early learner will use his/her matching and counting skills to prepare meals for several different birds. They’ll also meet one of the National Aviary’s bird ambassadors. (30 minutes)

Junior Vets

Using veterinary playsets and plush animals, early learners will play the role of a bird veterinarian with guided instruction. They’ll also meet one of the National Aviary’s bird ambassadors. (30 minutes)

 

Ages 4-6


Mother Nature’s Diner

Through puppets, props and live birds, Mother Nature introduces children to different birds, their foods, and how each species eats. (45 minutes) 

Penguins Preschool

Children discover how penguins swim, slide, waddle and eat, with the help of one of our African penguins—and an adventurous teacher recruited by the kids! (45 minutes)

 

Elementary School Programs

Amazing Adaptations

Birds are special and specialized.  Students discover the unique characteristics, and meet species with the most amazing feet, feathers and beaks! Customize your program to Birds of Prey.

Owls

Owls are one of the most recognizable birds on earth, yet they remain elusive to many because of their behaviors.  Students encounter live owls from around the world and discover the adaptations that make them successful hunters, day and night!

I Want To Be a Vet

Students explore the exciting wolrd of veterinary medicine and learn what it's like to work in a bird hospital. Playing the role of vet, students care for "plush" patients, making diagnoses and planning treatment. Live patients will be on hand to tell their own stories of medical care and healing.

Penguins are Cool

Students discover all 18 species of penguin through a PowerPoint journey across the globe, and learn how these unique, flightless birds survive in their worlds.  Our African penguins take center stage to showcase special adaptations and behaviors.

What’s for Lunch?

Students discover the relationship between beak shape and preferred foods.  Several live birds showcase their beaks during a special feeding demonstration.  

 

Middle School and High School Programs

Amazing Adaptations

Birds are special and specialized.  Students discover the unique characteristics, and meet species with the most amazing feet, feathers and beaks! Customize your program to Birds of Prey.

Mythbust or Bird Must?

Set out to confirm accuracy or bust the myth during an interactive program based on a popular TV show! Students meet live species, analyze evidence, and use deductive reasoning to determine the validity of common beliefs about birds. Live owls, parrots and other species assist in the process.

Birds of Prey

Approximately 1 in 5 bird species are currently under threat.  Through compelling stories and live birds,  students discover species that are in jeopardy and those making a comeback, exploring how we can help.  

Penguins are Cool

Students discover all 18 species of penguin through a PowerPoint journey across the globe, and learn how these unique, flightless birds survive in their worlds.  Our African penguins take center stage to showcase special adaptations and behaviors.

Animal Training Techniques

Learn how biology and psychology combine to elicit desired behaviors in our birds.  Through live bird demonstrations and fun role-play scenarios, students will discover which strategies work for specific conditions, what to do when conditions change, and how the science behind animal training can be applied to everyday life.

Veterinary Experience

Learn how to think like a vet while exploring this exciting STEM career.  This program includes a behind-the-scenes tour of the National Aviary’s Avian Hospital.  Add on a 1-hour hands-on necropsy lab for an unforgettable experience.  (National Aviary location only)

National Aviary Ornithologist Series:

Select from one of these fascinating presentations delivered by our ornithologist. 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!

 

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