The Barbara J. Mapp Aviary Education Center
Opened in 2015, the 550-foot boardwalk and aviary complex is the epicenter of the Tennessee State Parks birds-of-prey programming, offering park visitors a unique opportunity for unparalleled education programs. Constructed as a boardwalk, nestled in the natural area, the wheelchair-accessible facility allows “up close” observation of non-releasable birds-of-prey, and offers a bird’s eye view of the surrounding hillside and wildlife.
Through a public-private partnership with the State of Tennessee, these non-releasable birds-of-prey, designated as education animals due to permanent injuries, are housed and cared for at Radnor Lake State Park. Radnor park staff participate in training four times each year conducted by Wings to Soar. This training improves the park staff’s knowledge, handling skills and care of these birds-of-prey. This training is funded by Friends of Radnor Lake and the Barbara J. Mapp Foundation to help provide the highest level of care for our captive wildlife and high-quality interpretive birds-of-prey programs for the public.
There are seven non-releasable birds in residence at the Barbara J. Mapp Aviary Education Center. We are proud to care for a Great Horned Owl, a Red Tailed-Hawk, a Vulture, a Golden Eagle, and three Bald Eagles. All birds-of-prey live in their own habitat, customized to provide for their individual needs and to offer protection.