Cascades Raptor Center

Education - Raptor Experience!

Educational Program Options

Field Trips to Cascades Raptor Center for your group or class:
1. Take A Walk on the Wild Side - Full Program
2. Take A Walk on the Wild Side - Intermediate Program
3. Take A Walk on the Wild Side - Mini Program
4. Reading with Raptors (pre-school to 1st grade program)
5. Large groups of 15 or more are eligible for a 10% discount on general admission fees - no program

Recommended Adult-to-Child Ratios for CRC on-site events


Cascades Raptor Center Education Programs to your classroom, camp or event:
1. Bring the Wild Alive - Full Program
2. Bring the Wild Alive - Mini Program
3. Reading with Raptors (pre-school to 1st grade program)


Have a Bird-day Party!
A birthday celebration for children or adults at CRC

A Personal Raptor Experience!
A staff-guided private tour for up to six people






Take A Walk on the Wild Side — Full Program

Bring your class or group for a woodland adventure, visiting 60 birds of prey! Field trips to Cascades Raptor Center include:

- an age-appropriate group presentation tied to your curriculum or interest area: raptors, owls, predators and their prey, life cycles, birds, form and function, or an introduction to raptor rehabilitation

- touchable artifacts to demonstrate how sharp a talon is, how feathered an owl's foot can be, how light a hollow bird bone can be, different wing shapes and more!

- birds brought out on the glove by volunteers for an up-close experience with different types of birds of prey;

- skulls, nests, eggs, feathers, and feet in the visitor center display cases;

- a guided tour of all the birds on-site, with the tour leader highlighting specific aspects of their natural history, habitats, population issues.

Costs are $8 per child, $10 per teen or senior and $11 per adult, with no charge for accompanying adult chaperones for youth groups up to the Recommended Adult-to-Child Ratios; adults over that number are required to pay the adult program fee. There is a minimum fee of $110 for this program. Sorry, but guest passes cannot be used to pay for program fees. Program fees include admission to the center.

Maximum group size is 35 (for larger groups please call to discuss other options). Weather can be an issue, as all the birds are in large outside aviaries along a wooded trail; however, programs are held rain or shine. Programs may need to be rescheduled due to snow or ice. 48-hour cancellation notice is required or your group will be charged the minimum fee for the program.



Take a Walk on the Wild Side — Intermediate Program

Your group will receive a custom 45 minute presentation while viewing different types of raptors on the glove. Once the presentation is finished, the group is welcome to take a self-guided tour of the nearly 60 resident raptors.

Costs are $6.50 per child, $8.50 per teen or senior and $9.50 per adult, with no charge for accompanying adult chaperones for youth groups up to the Recommended Adult-to-Child Ratios; adults over that number are required to pay the adult program fee. There is a minimum fee of $90 for this program. Sorry, but guest passes cannot be used to pay for program fees. Program fees include admission to the center.

Maximum group size is 45 (for larger groups please call to discuss other options). Weather can be an issue, as all the birds are in large outside aviaries along a wooded trail; however, programs are held rain or shine. Programs may need to be rescheduled due to snow or ice. 48-hour cancellation notice is required or your group will be charged the minimum fee for the program.



Take a Walk on the Wild Side — Mini-Program

Your group will receive a custom 30 minute program with one resident bird on the glove. You are then welcome to take a self-guided tour of the nearly 60 birds on display.

Costs are $5.50 per child, $7.50 per teen or senior and $8.50 per adult, with no charge for accompanying adult chaperones for youth groups up to the Recommended Adult-to-Child Ratios; adults over that number are required to pay the adult program fee. There is a minimum fee of $80 for this program. Sorry, but guest passes cannot be used to pay for program fees. Program fees include admission to the center.

Maximum group size is 45 (for larger groups please call to discuss other options). Weather can be an issue, as all the birds are in large outside aviaries along a wooded trail; however, programs are held rain or shine. Programs may need to be rescheduled due to snow or ice. 48-hour cancellation notice is required or your group will be charged the minimum fee for the program.



Reading with Raptors

A Raptor Experience for the youngest raptor fans...
After a short program introducing CRC, watch your students be ENRAPTURED as a story book comes to life with a special "Guest Star" Raptor! A Reading with Raptors program involves a story read out loud by one of our volunteers, while the 'star' of the story sits nearby. Let your class experience Owl Moon or The Lorax with CRC's great horned owl Lorax! Or one of many other stories that involve raptors.

After the story time, participants are welcome to take a self-guided tour to visit our 60 resident birds. Costs are $5.50 per child, with no charge for accompanying adult chaperones for youth groups up to the Recommended Adult-to-Child Ratios; adults over that number are required to pay the adult program fee. There is a minimum fee of $80 for this program. Sorry, but guest passes cannot be used to pay for program fees. Program fees include admission to the center.

Maximum group size is 45 (for larger groups please call to discuss other options). Weather can be an issue, as all the birds are in large outside aviaries along a wooded trail; however, programs are held rain or shine. Programs may need to be rescheduled due to snow or ice. 48-hour cancellation notice is required or your group will be charged the minimum fee for the program.




Please inquire about eagle appearance prices!



General Admission for groups over 15

Groups of 15 individuals or more receive a 10% discount off general admission prices for a self-guided tour. There is no program associated with this option, unless your group is here for our weekend Handler Talks which are provided at no additional cost to visitors.


Winter School Group Discount

Self-guided tour discount for school groups of 10 or more during the months of November through March! Those teachers who book their visit 2 weeks in advance will receive $4 child admission, $6 teen/ senior admission and $7 adult admission. Chaperones are required up to the Recommended Adult-to-Child Ratios with no charge for accompanying adult chaperones. Adults over the recommended number are charged admission. There is no program associated with this option. Enjoy all the same amazing birds on display in the quieter winter months at a discount!



Bring the Wild Alive — Full Program

Invite the birds to you! Classroom, Outdoor School, or Summer Camp visits include up to 4 live birds of a variety of species, depending on the curriculum topic being presented. Topics may be raptors, owls, predators and their prey, life cycles, birds, form and function, or an introduction to raptor rehabilitation.

Classroom visits are typically limited to Fall and Winter terms, as our birds get very busy in the spring! Please call regarding availably for spring indoor programs for your group. Summer camps or other events during the summer season must be held in a shaded or indoor, cool location.

Costs are $150 for a visit, up to 60 students maximum, in a classroom or library where the acoustics are good (to keep the stress level of the birds down); up to two more programs at $50 each for the same visit, in the same classroom or space, for up to 60 students each. A mileage charge is added for programs outside the Eugene/Springfield metropolitan area.

Be creative! A visit from these birds can be a perfect complement to a reading class (lots of books on owls, falcons, hawks!), a science class, an art class, or more!



Bring the Wild Alive — Mini Program

One of Cascades Raptor Center's education birds will visit your classroom, outdoor school, or summer camp. A 30-35 minute presentation will be given on topics such as raptors, owls, predators and their prey, life cycles, birds, form and function, or an introduction to raptor rehabilitation.

Classroom visits are typically limited to Fall and Winter terms, as our birds get very busy in the spring! Please call regarding availability for spring indoor programs for your group. Summer camps or other events during the summer season must be held in a shaded or cool, indoor location.

Costs are $95 for a visit, up to 60 students maximum, in a classroom or library where the acoustics are good (to keep the stress level of the birds down); up to two more programs at $25 each for the same visit, in the same classroom or space, for up to 60 students each. A mileage charge is added for programs outside the Eugene/Springfield metropolitan area.

Be creative! A visit from one of our birds can be a perfect complement to a reading class (lots of books on owls, falcons, hawks!), a science class, an art class, or more!



Reading with Raptors

A Raptor Experience for the youngest raptor fans...
After a short program introducing CRC, watch your students be ENRAPTURED as a story book comes to life with a special "Guest Star" Raptor! A Reading with Raptors program involves a story read out loud by one of our volunteers, while the 'star' of the story sits nearby. Let your class experience Owl Moon or The Lorax with CRC's great horned owl Lorax! Or one of many other stories that involve raptors.

Cost of the program is $95, plus mileage reimbursement if you are outside the Eugene/Springfield metropolitan area. Additional programs (up to two more) in the same visit, in the same room, $25 each.



Have a 'Bird-day' Party!

Invite your friends for a very special birthday party with over 60 birds of prey...

Birthday parties are best scheduled in late spring, summer, and early fall - as weather can be an issue. You provide refreshments, decorations (if desired), and prizes; we provide

- a short program on birds of prey,
- up-close looks at birds out on the glove, and
- one nature-related activity.

To reserve the center for two hours, costs are $75 plus $7.50 per child, with a minimum fee of $135. No charge for accompanying adults up to a Recommended Adult-to-Child Ratios; adults over that number are adult admission fee.



A Personal Raptor Experience

For a single raptorphile, a couple (this makes a great gift for the raptor lover!), or a small group of up to six people, a two-hour, staff-guided, private tour of the center will give you an in-depth look at day-to-day operations, background stories, a chance to watch some training, and more!

Must be scheduled in advance. $200 for non-members, $150 for members.



Recommended Adult-to-Child Ratios:

pre-school and kindergarten: 1:4
1st-3rd grade: 1:5
4th-6th grade: 1:8
7th-9th grade: 1:15






   

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