Summer Programming Kicks Off May 26 at National Aviary


May 25, 2018 (Pittsburgh, PA) –  Summer activities at the National Aviary begin Memorial Day weekend, bringing summer-only opportunities to experience the wonder and beauty of nature. Experience Soar! on Sky Deck, the outdoor free-flight bird show that features birds of prey demonstrating their natural hunting prowess, and don’t miss the return of the immersive Butterfly Garden, located outdoors in the Rose Garden.


SOAR! on Sky Deck

Daily at 12:00 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. (weather permitting)


Swooping and soaring over audience members on our rooftop theater, Sky Deck, a variety of birds of prey including Lanner Falcons, Black Kites, Hooded Vultures, and more, perform breathtaking hunting demonstrations.  This show gives audiences a firsthand look at the hunting prowess of these incredible birds of prey and the techniques used by their highly skilled trainers.


Butterfly Garden 

Included with general admission

Daily 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Not all wings are the same, and this summer, visitors can study the delicate and colorful wings of butterflies up-close in this immersive habitat. Local butterfly species will flutter around visitors in a specially designed outdoor tent in our blooming Rose Garden. Hand-feed them, take photos, and learn about the incredible migration routes of butterflies, their important role in the ecosystem, and how to transform your backyard into a butterfly haven. The habitat features a changing variety of up to eight native butterfly species at one time, including Painted Lady, Monarch, Question Mark, Buckeye, Mourning Cloak, Black Swallowtail, Viceroy, Comma, Giant Swallowtail, and Cabbage White, and beautiful native plants provided by Best Feeds Garden Center.


Vivien the Sloth

Daily in the Avian Care Center

The National Aviary’s newest two-toed sloth, Vivien, is now 9 months old! Guests can see her daily in the Avian Care Center window when they visit the National Aviary.


About the National Aviary

The National Aviary is America’s only independent indoor nonprofit zoo dedicated exclusively to birds. Located in West Park on Pittsburgh’s historic North Side, the National Aviary’s diverse collection comprises 500 birds representing more than 150 species from around the world, many of them threatened or endangered in the wild. The National Aviary’s large walk-through exhibits create an intimate, up-close interaction between visitors and free-flying birds, including opportunities to hand-feed and to meet many species rarely found in zoos anywhere else in the world. For more information visit