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.


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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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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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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Virtual Speaker Series

Leigh Hallingby in front of a mural with a bird

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. Check out our upcoming May event!

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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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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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Top 10 Things to do in Pittsburgh with Kids | Trekaroo

At the National Aviary, families can enjoy friends of the feathered variety.

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Hike, Bike, Explore, and Support the National Aviary Hike-A-Thon Presented by UPMC Health Plan | National Aviary News

Registration is now open for the first National Aviary Hike-A-Thon Presented by UPMC Health Plan!

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9 groups helping Pittsburgh kids celebrate Earth Day throughout April | Kidsburgh

Plan to spend the day at the National Aviary on April 24, when the schedule is jam-packed with Earth Day fun from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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National Aviary Welcomes Its Newest African Penguin Chick | Happy Living Magazine

The National Aviary in Pittsburgh welcomed its newest penguin in January. The chick is the first offspring of parents Buddy and Holly.

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Pittsburgh’s National Aviary Saving Endangered Species Around the World | North Hills Monthly

By supporting the National Aviary and its work, Pittsburghers never have to leave town to take part in conservation programs that are saving birds all over the world.

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