Classes & Programs

There’s no better way to learn more about your favorite National Aviary birds or the birds in your backyard than from a National Aviary expert. The National Aviary offers a variety of engaging classes for people of all skill levels!

Steller's Sea Eagle taking a bath
Headshot of a Victoria Crowned Pigeon

Photo Credit: National Aviary Educator and Photographer Mike Faix

Falconry: the Sport of Kings

Sun., August 25 | 10 am – 12 pm | Members: $20; Non-Members: $25
National Aviary Admission Included | SOLD OUT!!!

  • Falconry: the Sport of Kings Details

    Join National Aviary’s licensed falconer, Cathy Schlott, for an exhilarating experience as you delve into the fascinating world of Falconry. Discover the ancient history of the sport that has been enjoyed by kings for thousands of years. Learn about the variety of birds that falconers hunt with and the individual considerations in selecting a species. You’ll even get to enjoy a visit from one of the National Aviary’s Ambassador Animals! With Cathy’s guidance, you’ll explore the variety of falconry equipment and get an overview of the regulations governing falconry in the United States.

    Designed for ages 10 and up, under 16 must be accompanied by a registered adult.

Brushes & Birds featuring Maria DeSimone Prascak of Maria’s Ideas

Members: $40; Non-Members: $45 | All Materials & National Aviary Admission Included

  • Sloth Portrait | Sat., August 24 | 11 am – 1 pm | Register Here
  • Brushes & Birds Details

    Create your own work of art! Join Maria DeSimone Prascak of Maria’s Ideas; in person for a creative and colorful class in painting your own fine and feathered masterpiece. In this course, designed for painters of all ages and abilities, follow Maria’s step-by-step instructions to paint a portrait of a well-loved National Aviary animal. 

    Open to participants 8 years and older. Those under 16 must be accompanied by a registered adult.


Summer Camp…For Adults!

9 am – 3 pm | $150 per person | Choice of packed lunch from Atria’s Included | 18+

  • Sat., August 10 | SOLD OUT!!!
  • Sat., August 17 | SOLD OUT!!!
  • Summer Camp…For Adults Details

    Feel like a kid again at the National Aviary! Spend a day with Aviary staff and go behind the scenes to see what it takes to care for the more than 500 birds and animals that call the National Aviary home! Help prepare enrichment for the flock, get up close with Animal Ambassadors, and learn about National Aviary conservation projects across the globe. Registration includes all camp activities, including crafts, up-close animal encounters, and a boxed lunch.

Looking for Virtual Fun?

Meet and Tweets

Brighten your team’s day by having a special guest attend your next video meeting or virtual happy hour! You can schedule a surprise video drop in with a penguin, parrot, or owl!

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. 

Find information about our fun and engaging camps for all ages here!

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A juvenile African Penguin that joined the National Aviary flock in October has received a new name.

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Two Guam kingfisher chicks hatched at the National Aviary began their journey back to the wild.

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Threatened with Extinction, Rare Birds Get Flight Upgrade at PIT | Blue Sky News

Guam kingfisher chicks catch Delta flight, prepare for reentry into wild thanks to National Aviary.

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Party in July with the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden, National Aviary and Vintage Grand Prix | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

A Night in the Tropics: Island Oasis to benefit the National Aviary on the North Side. There will be food and drinks from 19 area businesses and live entertainment by No Bad JuJu, Mariachi by Miguel, Guaracha and Marlon’s Dancers.

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How you can see Red the Macaw at the National Aviary in Pittsburgh | CBS News

The National Aivary's Avian Medicine program is providing cutting-edge care to our feathered friends, including Red the Macaw. She was here with Dr. Pilar Fish, the senior director of advancement in avian medicine at the National Aviary.

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