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.

Order from Threadbare Cider House to Help Support the National Aviary!

Order pizza and cider from Threadbare Cider House on January 29th from 4:30 – 9:45 pm and 9.99% of your purchase will be donated to the National Aviary! If pre-ordering your meal before January 29, be sure to select January 29 as the pickup date during checkout in order to be eligible for the fundraiser.

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Love Birds Virtual Trivia with Wigle Whiskey

Love is in the air this Valentine’s Day weekend during a National Aviary trivia night exploring the world of bird courtship!  Enjoy Wigle Whiskey’s homemade Lemon Love Bird cocktail kits (sold separately) as you put your bird nerd credentials to the test with a special Valentine’s Day virtual trivia night all about bird love.

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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; 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!!

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Aviary Behind the Scenes

There is a world behind the scenes at the National Aviary where older birds and birds with special needs are thriving in specially designed habitats. They receive individualized, loving care that meets their unique needs. Join Dr. Pilar Fish for an inside look at the National Aviary’s Teaching Hospital.

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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. Check out our upcoming February 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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Teen Conservation Leadership Program

Today’s teenagers are the future of global conservation. The National Aviary’s virtual Teen Conservation Leadership Program will bring together environmentally-aware teens to explore the world of global conservation and what they can do to make a difference.

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Careers in Avian Medicine

Dr. Fish cares for Joanie the Wattled Curassow

Learn what it takes to become a veterinarian from Dr. Pilar Fish, the National Aviary’s Senior Director of Zoological Advancement and Avian Medicine.

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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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Virtual Birding with Bob

Birding and birdwatching have exploded in popularity, and National Aviary Ornithologist Bob Mulvihill is here to share his decades of experience to help new and seasoned birders alike sharpen their skills and experience birds in a new way.

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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

Get exclusive access to recordings of select classes and programs, behind-the-scenes videos and more!

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In The News

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10 things to do with kids this week in Pittsburgh, from a tropical escape to a hot cocoa hike | Kidsburgh

Take the kids on a tropical retreat to the National Aviary, where bright macaws fly in a lush rainforest and flamingos pose in the wetlands habitat.

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Pet Tales: Aviary Welcomes New Chick | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

There’s a new penguin in town, but this one doesn’t swing a hockey stick.

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National Aviary offering in-person, virtual programming | TribLIVE

Travel may not be an option right now because of the coronavirus, but visiting the National Aviary can make you feel like you’re on a tropical retreat!

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National Aviary Welcomes First Chick of the Year | WTAE - ABC Pittsburgh

The National Aviary started its celebration of 2021 with the hatching of an endangered African Penguin to first-time parents Buddy and Holly.

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