Birdwatching Classes and More!

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


Birding Expedition

Meet up with a National Aviary expert for a physically distanced outdoor birding adventure across Western Pennsylvania! 

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Owl Prowls

You may see local owls, like an Eastern Screech Owl!

Who-o-o will you hear calling from the trees at night? Take a twilight trek through Pittsburgh’s parks with National Aviary Ornithologist Bob Mulvihill to search for owls. Learn about the various owl species found in and around Pittsburgh, get to know their adaptations and behaviors, and with any luck, hear one calling from up in the trees! Participants should wear appropriate footwear for walking on unpaved paths and have a flashlight handy.

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Teen Job Shadow

An Eurasian Eagle Owl
Eurasian Eagle-Owl

Aspiring veterinarians and zookeepers ages 14 to 18 can spend four Saturdays exploring careers working with animals under the guidance of the National Aviary’s aviculturists and veterinarians.

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Costa Rica: World of Nature with the National Aviary and AAA Travel!

A Chestnut-mandibled Toucan perched on a branch

Join Dr. Pilar Fish of the National Aviary and AAA Travel for an unforgettable trip to San Jose, Costa Rica and explore a place that’s unlike anywhere else in the world! Enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour at Rescata Animal Zooave, a nonprofit accredited zoo and wildlife rescue center. Visit Tortuguero National Park for birdwatching opportunities, see the jungle from the famous hanging bridges in Arenal, experience local cuisine with cooking demonstrations, and see gorgeous birds and other wildlife!

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In The News

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10 October events for Pittsburgh kids looking for excitement | Kidsburgh

Owl-O-Ween at the National Aviary: Who-o-o’s looking for fun? This owl-themed Halloween party offers a full day of activities.

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63 kid-friendly fall events in Pittsburgh and beyond | Kidsburgh

Visit the National Aviary for events like Owl-O-Ween, International African Penguin Awareness Day, and more.

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5 things to do in Pittsburgh this weekend: Sept. 16-18 | TribLIVE

At an Oktoberfest Brunch at the National Aviary, German cuisine will be prepared by Chef Josef Karst of Atria’s Specialty Catering.

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National Aviary’s Andean Condor chick gets new name, fledges the nest | KDKA - CBS Pittsburgh

It was a big day for the National Aviary's Andean Condor chick. The aviary revealed her name, and she fledged the nest for the first time.

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Newly Named Andean Condor Chick Makes Her Big Debut at the National Aviary | ZooBorns

The chick, one of only three Andean Condors to hatch in North American zoos in the last year, was named by generous friends of the National Aviary. Today, she fledged the nest for the first time.

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