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In the past five years, the National Aviary has undergone dramatic growth: new exhibits, a free-flight immersion theater, and more ways than ever before to have unique, up-close encounters with rare and exotic birds. As a hub for education, avian medicine, conservation studies and breeding programs for species survival, the National Aviary’s impact stretches worldwide. While cutting-edge research propels the National Aviary forward, personal encounters with a vast array of birds remain the heart of its mission. A child’s laugh as a Lorikeet alights on him, a grandfather taking his grandchild’s hand as they visit the penguin exhibit, a student intently observing a medical procedure on her rounds – these small moments make lasting impressions that inspire people to protect and care for birds and our environment. See what’s new – bring your group, host a live bird program at your school or community event, attend a camp, or start a new tradition with a visit this holiday season. The National Aviary today is a whole new experience for visitors of all ages! (Gift certificates are available, too – perfect for the holidays!)

Wings in Winter
Create a new holiday tradition at the National Aviary! A variety of seasonal events will bring you up-close to Snowy Owls and nut cracking macaws. Create special family memories with great photo opportunities this holiday season.

Special Family Events You Don’t Want to Miss

Photos with Santa and His Penguin Pals!

Every Saturday before Christmas! 
Saturday, December 5, 12, 19 • 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. 

Smile and say “FISH!”
Bring your camera and meet Santa and his African Penguin friends for unique holiday photos. Kids can also stop by Santa’s Aviary workshop and make an ornament to take home. Included with admission

Brunch with Santa… and a Holiday Bird Show!

Sunday, December 13 Two seatings: 9:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.
Santa invites you to a very special holiday brunch! Reservations are $40 per person and include a delicious brunch by Atria’s Catering, general admission to all of the National Aviary’s exhibits, a special bird appearance, a children’s craft kit, tickets to the Wings in Winter Holiday Show, and photos with Santa and a penguin. Take a break from the season’s stress for a fun-filled morning you and your children will never forget. Call 412-258-9445 today to register. Space is limited; reservations required.

Fleury’s KIDS ONLY Night Out
Saturday, December 19, 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Ages K – Grade 2 and Grades 3-5
Fleury, the Snowy Owl is hosting a very special KIDS ONLY night at the National Aviary! Mom and Dad can finish their shopping while their kids discover the National Aviary after dark. Led by the National Aviary’s team of professional educators and bird experts, there will be stories, bat feedings, crafts, a scavenger hunt, flashlight hike and opportunities to meet a penguin up close! Registration Required: call 412-258-9439 or email education.programs@aviary.org. Space is limited. $50 per child (additional $5 for pizza dinner).

Holiday Penguin Camps

Monday, December 28, 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m., for ages 6-8
 Tuesday, December 29, 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m., for ages 9-12
 Wednesday, December 30, 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m., for ages 13-18

Spend the holidays with the African Penguins!
Help prepare breakfast for the National Aviary’s colony of penguins, attend a private feeding, and learn what makes these endangered birds so special. Camp includes a close-up encounter and an original masterpiece painted by one of our penguins. Gift certificates are available! Register by calling 412-258-9439 or email education.programs@aviary.org. $75 National Aviary members/$85 nonmembers.

Connecting Students & Birds 
Like Never Before!
A visit to the National Aviary or a traveling program featuring free flight falcons and waddling penguins brings science, biology, math, geography and conservation education to life!

Dynamic Field Trips and Traveling Programs
If you are seeking a structured learning opportunity presented in a fun, dynamic and interactive format – and including live birds! – we have a number of options to meet your needs. Visit us for a field trip, homeschool class, or scout program. Or, we’ll fly to you! Visit before February to receive the best rates.

Little Learners:
Pre-K and Toddler Classes
Offered Monthly in 2016
Little learners discover a world of birds at the National Aviary! You and your child will explore our exhibits, participate in play activities, listen to stories and create crafts designed to develop his innate curiosity. Special discounts available when you register in December. Check aviary.org for details!

Summer Camps
It’s never too early to start thinking about Summer Camps! Your camper will journey through a tropical jungle, feed our colony of African penguins, investigate veterinary science, and discover falconry.  National Aviary Summer Camps enable children and teens to explore the wild world and their place in it—both indoors and out! Register before April and save.

For more information about all of the National Aviary’s education programs or to book today,
visit aviary.org or call 412-258-9439.