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Carolina Raptor Center


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Carolina Raptor Center: Raptor Training Encounter

Curious about how we train our birds at Carolina Raptor Center? We’ll be glad to show you. Get a behind the scenes look at how our staff trains our birds for programs and shows! During this nose-to-beak experience, help us fly our Flight Show stars, walk with a vulture, or break out the brushes and paint with one of our resident birds. There will be photo ops, so don’t forget your camera.

Length of Experience: 60 minutes
Group Size: Maximum 4 participants
Availability: May through September.

Carolina Raptor Center: Mini PhotoWILD

Fascinated by raptors and love to take pictures? Grab your camera and fly on over to the Carolina Raptor Center and schedule a photoshoot with our resident birds! For both amateur and professional photographers, each outing gives you the chance to take snapshots with at least 10 different raptors. Featuring owls, eagles and hawks, you can also snap our Flight Show raptors in free flight for some unforgettable pictures.

Length of Experience: 2 hours
Group Size: Maximum 30 participants
Availability: Call or email at 704.875.6521 ext. 210 or programs@carolinaraptorcenter.org.

Carolina Raptor Center: Private Live Bird Presentation

Want to take your visit to Carolina Raptor Center to new heights? Looking for the opportunity to get “nose to beak” with these majestic animals? Schedule a live bird presentation featuring these fascinating birds on the glove. During this private presentation, learn more about conservation, natural history, as well as the incredible nativeand exotic species that are perched right here!

Length of Experience: 45 minutes plus time to walk the Raptor Trail
Group Size:
15 minimum. No maximum.
Reservation required at least two weeks in advance. Subject to staff availability

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Elias Henderson

2 months ago

One of my favorite places to go as a kid. A zoo with a much better conscious and a great mission. The birds are beautiful and fascinating to see as most of them you would never have the privilege of seeing otherwise. Great resources as well and overall a place everyone should go if you want to relax, have an easy hike, and see some amazing wildlife


Gabbi Byrd

2 weeks ago

My husband and I had more fun than our three year old. Everything is laid out nicely and the presenters were knowledgeable. Its about a mile walk and its cheap enough for a easy Saturday outing that allows you to get steps in fast if nothing else. There is a play area and picnic area if youre brining lunch as well.


Michelle Boesch

5 months ago



3 months ago

These folks take great care of injured raptors from all around NC. Last week we picked up and released a great horned owl that they have been rehabbing for 3 months. It gives you goose bumps to see a wild creature released healthy back into the wild. It is also a fun place to visit and see many kinds of birds up close. These are birds that for whatever reason could not be released. To see them up close gives one a greater sense of how amazing these birds are and the importance of maintaining their wild habitats. This is an organization very worthy of your support. Visit, (it is really interesting), volunteer (they need help getting all the work done), or send them money (what organization doesn't need that).


Amy DeLorm

4 months ago

Amazing experience! Walk at your own pace. View delightful raptors. Go in nice weather and enjoy.