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 a variety of engaging online classes for people of all skill levels!


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 2022 dates below!!

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Aviary Insider Tour

Aviary Insider Tour Cover Photo with Penguin and Logo
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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27 Fun Family Friendly Things to Do in Pittsburgh with Kids | The Edvocate

Bring your kids to the National Aviary, where they can view 150 different species, many of which are threatened or endangered.

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Glass act: New panes at Pittsburgh’s National Aviary will make things safer for birds | 90.5 WESA

The five-month, $3 million renovation of the walk-through habitat was unveiled Monday.

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National Aviary cuts ribbon on newly renovated Wetlands exhibit | KDKA - CBS Pittsburgh

The National Aviary celebrated the reopening of its Wetlands habitat with a ceremonial ribbon-cutting on Monday, following a $3 million renovation project.

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National Aviary adds new feathered residents to renovated Wetlands habitat | Pittsburgh City Paper

The National Aviary boasts 500 birds each representing more than 150 diverse species from around the world. Among these are several recent additions.

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The National Aviary’s Largest Habitat, the Wetlands, Reopens Following $3 Million Renovation | National Aviary News

The immersive habitat features bird-friendly glass, new bird and plant species, stunning interactive features, and energy efficiency upgrades.

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