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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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Daniel Shustack

10 months ago

A nice walk through a forested trail with about 30 enclosures of raptors and other species. We went in the morning (July) when relatively cool, but trail is shaded throughout. Easy walking trails. Good, informative signage on each species. The app gave additional good info. Info is all natural history with no info on the raptor hospital or rehab. Bathrooms and small gift shop, picnic tables by parking area. Website said to reserve/call ahead, but we did not (group of 13). Younger kids (2 - 16 y.o) went through in



2 months ago

An interesting way to spend an hour if you're in the area. It's a little sad to see them all in cages, but It's also interesting to see these beautiful birds up close, especially some of the hawks and owls I see soaring above or in my backyard. There are quite a few non native raptors as well, from Africa, Asia and South America; no idea how they made it here, but exciting to see for sure! Also a great place to bring young ornithologists so they can see these birds up close.


Cyndal Bandy

11 months ago

This an awesome adventure!! Such a beautiful trail, very educational and just fun all the way around. The birds are beautiful and it's just a great place to go! Perfect for spending a day with the family.


eliyah howard

a year ago

It is a wonderful experience every time we visit. I hope to see the barn owls. Still have not seen them yet on next visit. But it is a great experience and staff are very friendly and knowledgeable on their birds.


Gabbi Byrd

a year 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.