Outdoor Birdwatching Classes & Trips!

The National Aviary offers in-person birdwatching outings, ecotourism trips, and a variety of engaging classes for people of all skill levels!

Riverboat Birdwatching with Rivers of Steel


Upcoming Outdoor Classes:

Birdwatching Kayak Tour with L.L.Bean

All Kayak Tours are $75 per person

  • Birdwatching Kayak Tour Details

    Take to the water with the National Aviary and L.L.Bean for a birding adventure by kayak! L.L.Bean’s experienced and professional guides will provide on-land instruction on kayak equipment, basic strokes, and safety guidelines before a National Aviary expert leads kayakers out on North Park Lake in Allegheny County. Kayakers will scan the shoreline and surrounding forest for birds. L.L.Bean will provide all necessary equipment, including kayaks, paddles, safety floatation devices, and L.L.Bean Discovery Binoculars.

    Participants must be 8 years or older; those under 18 must be accompanied by a registered adult companion.

Birding Expedition Bus Tour: Presque Isle


Saturday, May 4 | 7 am – 2:30 pm | Members: $134; Non-Members: $149
Transportation & Lunch from Atria’s Included | Register Here

  • Birding Expedition Bus Tour: Presque Isle Details
    Presque Isle is a bird migration hotspot prized by birders in our region and beyond! Meet up with National Aviary Ornithologist Bob Mulvihill for a morning of birdwatching. Hone your bird identification skills or learn birding basics as you explore some of western Pennsylvania’s most beautiful locations.
     
    Meet at the National Aviary and leave the driving to us: Bob will share his knowledge and stories from decades of birding during the ride! 
     
    This program is designed for ages 6 and up, under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.


Black-mandibled Toucan in a tree in Costa Rica, taken by Dr. Pilar Fish

Upcoming Trips:

Costa Rica with the National Aviary and AAA Travel

October 24 – November 5, 2024 | Call 1-800-354-8761 to contact AAA Travel today

Are you ready for an adventure of a lifetime? Enjoy an unforgettable experience in Costa Rica as you birdwatch in Tortuguero National Park, visit Rescate Wildlife Rescue Center, see where coffee beans are grown, and more. Learn more.


Visit our FAQ section of our website for our cancellation policy.

In cases of insufficient registration, the National Aviary reserves the right to cancel any program. Under these circumstances, you will receive a full refund. 

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