Virtual Classes and 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 virtual birdwatching outings, lectures from insightful speakers, and a variety of engaging online classes for people of all skill levels, from fledgling birdwatchers who want to learn the basics, to seasoned birders looking to spread their wings.

Aviary After School

Parents: this unique virtual learning program allows young nature lovers to learn about the wonderful world of birds while making supervised personal connections with other kids online! This includes:

  • Hands-on STEAM activities kids of varying ages can enjoy
  • User-friendly virtual learning
  • Topics ranging from bird facts to conservation opportunities
  • Great supplement to a kid’s school day
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Thank you to our Aviary After School sponsor:

Lifelong Learners

Two new programs, Virtual Classes with a National Aviary Educator, and Virtual Classes with National Aviary Ornithologist Robert S. Mulvihill, offer engaging and interactive opportunities for groups of all sizes, with multiple options for personal care homes, independent living facilities, or even a Bridge group!

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Brushes & Birds: Virtual Art Classes featuring Maria DeSimone Prascak of Maria’s Ideas

Pick up a paintbrush and create a masterpiece! In this virtual painting class, learn to paint an animal portrait under the instruction of local artist Maria DeSimone Prascak of Maria’s Ideas; Maria will guide painters with step-by-step instructions as they paint some of the National Aviary’s most charismatic birds (and sloths) and get a behind-the-scenes look at each species. No prior painting experience required!

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Virtual Speaker Series

Join expert ornithologists, conservationists, veterinarians, and trainers for an informative glimpse of behind the scenes work done at the National Aviary and in the field during monthly virtual sessions. Explore the world of birds with the people who study and care for them. Stay tuned for 2021 dates and speakers, which will be announced soon!

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!

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In The News

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Pet Events: National Aviary offers holiday gift ideas | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The National Aviary is promoting its always alluring bird-themed items in the gift shops as the perfect holiday gifts.

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National Aviary’s New Garden Room Kicks Off with Brunch | Pittsburgh Magazine

Enjoy brunch in The Garden Room, the National Aviary's new event space!

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New & Notable: The Garden Room | North Hills Monthly

The National Aviary recently celebrated the completion of The Garden Room, a new 9,000 sq. ft. event space that opens up to offer access to a beautiful patio and garden.

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New Garden Room at National Aviary opens with bird-safe glass | Construction Magazine

The new venue offers sweeping views of Allegheny Commons Park and the historic Rose Garden.

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