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.


Now in-person, with virtual options available! Brushes & Birds: Art Classes featuring Maria DeSimone Prascak of Maria’s Ideas

Pick up a paintbrush and create a masterpiece!

Brushes and Birds featuring Maria DeSimone Prascak of Maria’s Ideas; MariasIdeas.com will now be offered virtually and in person !Whether onsite at the National Aviary or at home in front of your computer, you can pick up a paint brush and create your own masterpiece as Maria guides virtual and in-person participants step-by-step on how to paint a portrait of a popular bird or mammal at the National Aviary! Beginners welcome!

Check out all of our 2021 dates below!!

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Aviary After School

Three young girls sitting at a table watching a penguin video

Virtually bring the National Aviary into your home! Young nature lovers from across the country are invited to virtually join the National Aviary for Aviary After School. This unique, semester long, virtual learning program not only allows participants to learn about the wonderful world of birds but they will also have the opportunity to make personal connections with other participants!

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Aviary Insider Tour

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Watch a sneak peek of the Aviary Insider Tour now!

New! Visit the National Aviary online by taking the Aviary Insider Tour, exclusively for Virtual Members!

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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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Looking for more 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!

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NEW! Virtual Membership just $40 a Year!

  • Enjoy exclusive access to recordings of select classes and programs
  • Get the exclusive virtual Aviary Insider Tour!
  • Get discounts on select virtual programming
  • Watch behind-the-scenes videos, and more!

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In The News

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Aviary Volunteer’s Work Highlighted in AZA Photo Contest | National Aviary News

Meghan Adams's photo of a Brown Pelican was featured in the Association of Zoos and Aquariums Photo Contest.

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December fun calendar: Lots to do in the Beaver Valley & beyond | Beaver County Times

Holidays in the Garden opens December 26 at the National Aviary.

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Take a look at how Pittsburgh’s National Aviary prepares custom meals for nearly 500 animals daily | WPXI - NBC Pittsburgh

Take an inside look at how the National Aviary prepares those meals for our favorite pals.

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Ultimate Gift Guide | Made in PGH

Give the gift of unforgettable experiences with memberships to cultural institutions like the National Aviary.

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AZA Accreditation Commission Grants Accreditation to 22 Facilities, including National Aviary | National Aviary News

The National Aviary is proud to receive accreditation from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA); we have maintained continuous accreditation since 1984.

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