The Allegheny County's recent order places restrictions on county-wide gatherings and events effective July 3rd. In following these orders, the National Aviary will be closed for one week beginning July 3, 2020. Please check back next week for more information. The National Aviary will continue to follow guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Allegheny County Health Department to do our part to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. To support our flock during this difficult time visit aviary.org/Make-a-Donation.

The Allegheny County's recent order places restrictions on county-wide gatherings and events effective July 3rd. In following these orders, the National Aviary will be closed for one week beginning July 3, 2020. Please check back next week for more information. The National Aviary will continue to follow guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Allegheny County Health Department to do our part to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. To support our flock during this difficult time visit aviary.org/Make-a-Donation.

Owl Encounter

Whoooo wants to delve inside the mind of an owl?

This unique opportunity is offered daily at 4:30 PM

Meet one of the National Aviary's most mysterious residents! Hold an owl and take pictures with this magnificent bird. You'll learn about the unique adaptations that make owls such amazing hunters, and see fascinating biofacts, like an owl beak! You can even see firsthand what owls eat when you dissect an owl pellet.

Information and Pricing

  • $75 per person
  • 6 years and older. Children 15 and under must be accompanied by a paying adult over 18 years of age.
  • Advance registration guarantees your experience. Same-day registration is based on program availability and cannot be guaranteed.  Programs may sell out early for holidays and special weekends.

Email info@aviary.org or call 412-258-9445 to book your animal encounter!

Tickets for special encounters are non-refundable and non-transferrable to a different day/time.
At the National Aviary, we give our animals the choice to participate in interactive experiences with caring guests, like you!  Please provide your contact information when booking your encounter. If our animal ambassador needs a day of rest, we will contact you to reschedule your encounter. The comfort and safety of our animals and our guests is always our top priority. Thank you for understanding!