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Outdoor Birdwatching Classes!

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

Sunday, June 11 | North Park Lake | Register Here | Sunrise edition!
Sunday, July 30 | North Park Lake | Register Here | Sunset edition!
Sunday, August 13 | North Park Lake | Register Here | Sunset edition!

  • Birdwatching Kayak Tour Details

    A group of kayakers on a lake

    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. For additional details, please click here.

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


Summer Camp…For Adults! Outdoor Camp

Sunday, June 25, 2023  | 9 am – 3 pm | North Park  | $150 per person | Register Here

  • Summer Camp…For Adults Details

    Feel like a kid again alongside National Aviary experts! Spend a day outside with Aviary staff at North Park. Kayak with L.L.Bean while searching for shorebirds, birdwatch with an Aviary expert on hiking trails, and play classic camp games! Bring a bag lunch, snacks and water will be provided. 

Birdwatching Cruise with Rivers of Steel

Saturday, June 24 | 8 – 11 am | Three Rivers Heritage Trail | SOLD OUT
Saturday, September 16 | 8 – 11 am | Three Rivers Heritage Trail | Register Here

  • Cruise Details

    Join National Aviary Ornithologist Robert Mulvihill and the Rivers of Steel Explorer Captain Ryan O’Rourke for a birding experience like no other! During this three hour adventure, Bob will help you spot river birds, like cormorants, eagles, herons, mergansers, and songbirds!

    Birders are encouraged to bring their preferred binoculars, birding books, and any other equipment they would typically use for birdwatching. Binoculars are also available for use while on the Explorer riverboat.

    The official address is 715 Casino Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15212. For practical purposes, the location is along the Three Rivers Heritage Trail, between the Carnegie Science Center and The Landing Hotel at the Rivers Casino. All public tours and programs originate from this location.

    To view this calendar event, please click here.


Birding Expeditions

Sunday, July 9 | 8:30 am – 11:30 am | Cook Forest | Register Here
Sunday, September 24 | 8:30 – 11:30 am | Powdermill Avian Research Center | Register Here
Sunday, October 22 | 8:30 – 11:30 am | Allegheny Front in the Laurel Highlands | Register Here

  • Bird Expeditions Details

    National Aviary Ornithologist Bob Mulvihill smiling holding binoculars

    Join National Aviary Ornithologist Robert Mulvihill for a morning of birdwatching at Pennsylvania’s most scenic locations.

    See species during spring migration at Presque Isle and watch researchers in action at Erie Bird Observatory’s bird banding station! Travel to Cook Forest to explore a rare and stunning habitat. Or learn about migratory birds at Powdermill Avian Research Center, a field station for Carnegie Museum of Natural History and dive into the migrating patterns of raptors in the Allegheny Front in the Laurel Highlands.

    Space is limited; registration in required. 

    To view these calendar events, please click here.



Upcoming Trips:

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