Barbara J. Mapp Aviary Education Center Open House (10am-1pm) June 9, 2021

On Wednesday June 9th, visitors hiked up to the Barbara J. Mapp Aviary Center in the rain to participate in our Wednesday Open House (10am-1pm) with Seasonal Interpreter Jack Foresman. Ranger Will Brazill conducted a glove program with our red-tailed hawk for visitors and Park Manager Steve Ward conducted glove programs with Eagle #2 and our Golden Eagle. Thank you to all our visitors who braved the rainy weather to visit with us this past Wednesday!

Since May 26, Seasonal Interpreter Jack Foresman has hosted our open house hours on Wednesday’s at the Barbara J. Mapp Aviary Education Center for visitors to hike up to the Barbara J. Mapp Aviary Education Center between 10am-1pm on Wednesdays for self-guided tours to view our captive birds of prey along the 550′ boardwalk as we transition to new open house hours. No registration is required for our Wednesday Open House Hours, and it is for all ages.

All of our captive birds of prey are non-releasable, meaning they have sustained an injury that prevents them from surviving on their own in the wild. Our aviary center is fully occupied with 1 Great Horned Owl, 1 Red Tailed Hawk, 1 Black Vulture, 1 Golden Eagle, 1 Immature Eagle and 2 mature bald eagles.

Visitors can also enjoy viewing our captive snakes and turtles inside the Education Center as well as spending some time in the Ann Tarbell Library where we have recently added a digital library inventory to review-search for specific areas of interest while visiting.

Please note that pets are not allowed on the boardwalk of the aviary center due to stress on our captive birds of prey but are allowed inside the Education Center. Over the past year we have installed a new dog watering bowl-bottle refilling station outside the Education Center.

In addition to these Wednesday Open House hours, we will also still be conducted guided-park staff led interpretive programs on other days of the week for groups less than 25 that require registration.

To learn more about those opportunities, please visit the following link:

Photo Credit: Steve Ward