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.


Virtual Summer Camp

An African Penguin swimming underwater

Through live guided learning sessions, interactive activities, and virtual animal encounters, campers will explore the adaptations that make birds so extraordinary! Geared toward ages 6-12, this camp will start Monday, June 28 – Friday, July 2 from 9 am -12 pm EST.

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Peregrine Falcon Nestcam

View the Peregrine Falcon Nestcam, sponsored by the National Aviary, as it resides high up on the south side of the Cathedral of Learning on the main campus of the University of Pittsburgh. Please note, the content on this live nest camera may not be appropriate for all audiences.

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

Paintings by Maria DeSimone Prascak

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; MariasIdeas.com. Maria will guide painters with step-by-step instructions as they paint some of the National Aviary’s most charismatic birds (and sloths). No prior painting experience required! Check out all of our 2021 dates below!!

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Behind the Scenes: Veterinary Hospital

Dr. Pilar Fish in front of a waterfall

Join Dr. Pilar Fish for a glimpse behind the scenes in the National Aviary’s Teaching Hospital, a loving home for older birds and birds with special needs. Meet some of the charismatic residents, hear their stories, and see how Dr. Fish and her team design care plans— like customized habitats— to encourage natural behaviors and to provide for each bird’s specialized care. 

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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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Pittsburgh Father’s Day 2021: Where To Take Dad To Dine | Pittsburgh Patch

Have Dad devour a delicious BBQ brunch from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Brunch includes admission to the aviary so guests can explore its tropical habitats when they are finished dining.

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A Newcomers Guide to Pittsburgh Arts and Culture | Pittsburgh City Paper

Soar to new heights at the National Aviary, where you can meet tropical birds, owls, and other winged species, as well as penguins and a sloth.

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National Aviary presenting “Journey to Africa” | Herald Standard

Experience the birds of the African continent this summer at the National Aviary.

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National Aviary presenting “Journey to Africa” | Observer Reporter

A trip to the African continent awaits visitors to Pittsburgh’s National Aviary this summer with the opening of a new season, “Journey to Africa.”

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PTL Weekend Guide: Journey to Africa | KDKA - CBS Pittsburgh

Don't miss Journey to Africa, opening this weekend at the National Aviary.

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