Summer Camps

The National Aviary is pleased to offer two different types of 2021 Summer Camps for various ages: In Person and Virtual!

National Aviary In Person Summer Camps

National Aviary Safari Camp

June 21-June 25 | In Person | 9 am – 3 pm | Ages 6-8 

July 12 – July 16 | In Person | 9 am – 3 pm | Ages 9-12 

Come join us for a one-of-a-kind safari right here in Pittsburgh! Venture through immersive free-flight habitats to discover unique species from around the globe and learn from our expert staff what it takes to care for the more than 500 birds and mammals that call the National Aviary home. Through guided learning sessions, interactive activities, and up-close encounters, campers will explore the adaptations that make birds so extraordinary! 

Register for Camp, Ages 6-8

Register for Camp, Ages 9-12

National Aviary Career Camp Teen Week  

July 19 – July 23 | In Person| 9AM – 3PM | Ages 13-16 

Is your teen interested in a career in animal care, conservation, or animal behavior? Then they will love our Career Camp Teen Week! Campers will learn from National Aviary experts about what it’s like to be a zookeeper, ornithologist, or a veterinarian while also having the opportunity to explore our immersive habitats. Through guided learning sessions, interactive activities, and up-close encounters, campers will explore various zoo careers and how they can prepare now to reach their goals in working with wildlife! 

Register for Camp, Ages 13-16


Members: $215
Non Members: $230 

Camp fees include National Aviary admission, all of our exciting camp activities, camp supplies, and time to explore our beautiful free-flight habitats. Please Note: All campers will be required to bring a packed lunch from home each day.

General In Person Camp Info 

National Aviary Summer Camps enable children and teens to connect with nature! Our immersive habitats are ideal for inside exploration that feels as though you’re somewhere else, and our location within Allegheny Commons Park is perfect for outdoor nature study and play.  

Following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Allegheny County Health Department, the National Aviary has adopted enhanced safety protocols to make summer camps as safe as possible.

Enhanced Safety Protocols Include:

  • Camp capacities that have been reduced to 15 campers per session.
  • Campers and National Aviary staff are required to wear face coverings over the nose and mouth and will be reminded regularly to keep a safe physical distance of 6 feet from others.
  • We will be implementing a touchless sign in/sign out process.
  • Campers may be required to have temperatures taken prior to the start of each camp day. 
  • Our onsite staff members undergo a daily health risk assessment, including a temperature check.
  • These are all standard National Aviary practices for general visitors as well. Learn more.

National Aviary camp staff have previous experience working with children, all state-mandated clearances, and CPR/First Aid certifications. We ensure individualized attention so that each and every camper can enjoy an unforgettable experience! 

Virtual National Aviary Summer Camp

National Aviary virtual camp is back by popular demand! 

June 28 – July 2 | Virtual Camp | 9 am – 12 pm EST| Ages 6-12 

Join us for a one-of-a-kind safari: from home! Virtually explore the National Aviary’s free-flight habitats to discover unique species from around the globe and learn from our expert staff what it takes to care for the more than 500 birds and mammals that call the National Aviary home. Through live guided learning sessions, interactive activities, and virtual animal encounters, campers will explore the adaptations that make birds so extraordinary! 

National Aviary Virtual Summer Camp will be presented live via Zoom. National Aviary camp counselors will remain with campers for the duration of each camp session.

Register for Virtual Summer Camp!


  • Members $110
  • Non-Members $120
  • Material Kit Add On: $25 per camper + $10 shipping

Contact Us

Questions about In Person or Virtual Summer Camps?
Contact Kate Campbell at  

Additional Camp Information

Your Virtual or In Person Camp Registration will be confirmed via e-mail after payment is received.  Cancellations made at least 14 days in advance of the program start date receive a refund equal to the cost of the camp, minus a $50 service fee per person, per program. Cancellations made within 14 days of the program will not receive a refund. 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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