The Center for Birds of Prey Charleston offers education programs that include a guided walking tour and flight demonstration. The programs are offered twice a day on Thursday’s, Friday’s, and Saturday’s.
The guided walking tour is the first half of the education program and normally takes about an hour. Tours are led by one of the Center’s Educators and allows visitors the opportunity to ask questions and learn more about the birds in the center.
The second half of the program is the flight demonstrations. This is the part of the program that visitors enjoy the most. Enjoy watching hawks, falcons, owls, eagles, kites, and vultures soar above the flying field. Seeing these birds perform their natural flying and hunting techniques provides a fascinating insight into their unique evolutionary adaptations.
Admission includes access to the Center’s campus for the entire day, so guests are welcome to attend both the morning and afternoon programs. Additionally, visitors are invited to tour the entire resident collection at their own pace. The exhibit area is pedestrian only, where visitors and students follow natural paths accentuated with subtle interpretive signage and attractive aviaries housing nearly 50 species of eagles, falcons, hawks, owls, vultures and other birds of prey from all parts of the world. This includes the Countess Alicia Paolozzi Owl Wood, home to the Center’s international collection of owls. Encompassing approximately two acres, the Owl Wood allows visitors to experience owls from around the world in a refined and tranquil setting.
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Thursday - Saturday 10 am - 5 pm
Educational programs 10:30 am and 2:00 pm
Adults (18+) $18
Child (6-17) $12
Children under 6 Free
Center for Birds of Prey
4719 Highway 17N
Awendaw SC 29429
Center for Birds of Prey Website
Special Focus Days
April 10 – Falcons, High-speed Avian Predators
May 9 – Avian Moms & Breeding Season
September 5 – International Vulture Awareness Day
October 24 – The Mysterious Life of Owls
On select days throughout the year, the Center will narrow the focus of our morning programming to allow visitors to explore groups of birds in greater detail. From natural history and identification in flight to conservation status and human interaction, our flight demonstrations and guided tours will take a “deep dive” into specific groups of birds like owls, falcons, and vultures.
What: Bird Songs
When: May 1, 2020
Time: 6 pm - 9 pm
Bird Songs is the Center’s unique annual fundraising event with Nashville songwriters-in-the-round performing in an intimate and personal setting on the Center’s campus. 2020 will be the fifth year of this popular event, which has sold out every year. Guests enjoy an incredible music performance as well as a catered dinner and high-end open bar.