Adventure awaits at Superheroes of the Sky Presented by Breeze Airways, the National Aviary’s new season is packed with dynamic daily activities and incredible experiences that highlight the superpower- like adaptations of amazing birds. Expert talks and programs, many included with admission, let guests experience the awesome abilities of nature’s superheroes close up. Explore play spaces where little learners can put their own powers to the test.
Witness the prowess and power of birds as you journey through the National Aviary's immersive habitats. Go on an adventure like no other during Habitat Heroes, the Aviary's new immersive bird show presented by AAA Travel, where powerful birds like Bald Eagles fly overhead. And, this summer the popular SkyDeck show presented by the Pittsburgh International Airport returns! Watch in awe as birds take to the sky above you in this outdoor rooftop theater show. Learn about the heroic efforts of the National Aviary to help save birds and protect their habitats, and unlock the power to save the day!
Superheroes of the Sky presented by Breeze Airways opens Saturday, May 27 and runs through September 4.
Visit aviary.org for more information and to book tickets.
Summer Programs and Activities
Father’s Day BBQ Brunch
Sunday, June 18 | Seatings at 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
Celebrate Father’s Day with feathered friends and a fantastic meal served up by Atria’s SpecialtyCatering! Dig into delicious barbecue accompanied by fresh-cut fruit, gourmet pastries, hot coffee or tea, and signature cocktails and craft beer from the cash bar. After brunch, enjoy a special day out withDad and stroll through the National Aviary’s dynamic habitats!
Adults: $55 (includes National Aviary admission)
Children 12 & under: $35 (includes National Aviary admission)
Purchase tickets at https://shop.aviary.org/#/Admission/SundayBrunch
Birdwatching Kayak Tours with L.L.Bean
Sunday, June 11 | 5:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
Sunday, July 30 | 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Sunday, August 13 | 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Take to the water to experience birds from a new vantage point! Join a National Aviary expert and L.L.Bean for a birding adventure by kayak on North Park Lake in Allegheny County. Early birds can rise with the sun to catch a magnificent morning display as birds wake up on a Sunrise Tour, or see birdssettling in for the night on a beautiful Sunset Tour. L.L.Bean’s experienced and professional guides will provide on-land instruction on kayak equipment, basic strokes, and safety guidelines before a National Aviary expert leads kayakers out on the water to scan the shoreline and surrounding forest for birds. All equipment, including kayaks, paddles, safety floatation devices, and L.L.Bean Discovery Binoculars are included. This experience is open to kayakers age 8 and up. No prior experience is necessary. Those under 18 must be accompanied by a registered adult.
$75 per participant
Register at shop.aviary.org/#/Education
Birding Expedition: Cook Forest
Sunday, July 9 | 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Meet up with a National Aviary expert to explore one of western Pennsylvania’s best birding spots: CookForest. This expansive old growth forest is home to dozens of resident bird species and hosts many migratory birds including Black-throated Blue Warblers, Scarlet Tanagers, and Wood Thrush. Travelthrough some of the forest’s exquisite birdwatching hotspots and identify birds with the help of anAviary expert during this small group meetup-style outing.
Members: $50 per participant
Non-members: $55 per participant
Night in the Tropics Presented by UPMC Health Plan
Saturday, July 22 | 7 p.m. – 11 p.m. | 21+
A Caribbean Breeze is blowing into Pittsburgh with the return of summer’s hottest 21+ party on the North Shore, the National Aviary’s Night in the Tropics Presented by UPMC Health Plan! Feel the rhythm of the Caribbean with show-stopping live entertainment and dance the night away under the stars to island music. Experience the flavors of Caribbean cuisine and other foodie fan favorites, unlimited small plates from local restaurants like Atrias, and signature cocktails, beer, and wine. Explore habitats full of lush greenery where beautiful birds fly freely and enjoy incredible interactions with Animal Ambassadors. Upgrade for a first-class VIP experience including a full hour of early party access, valet parking, exclusive experiences with National Aviary animals and experts, and access to full bar servicewith premium spirits! Proceeds from this 21+ event benefit the National Aviary’s work to save birds and protect their habitats.
VIP tickets: $155
General admission: $95
Buy tickets at https://www.aviary.org/visit/night-in-the-tropics-caribbean-breeze/
Summer Camp... For Adults! Aviary Camp
Saturday, August 12 | 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. | At the National Aviary
Saturday, August 19 | 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. | At the National Aviary
Summer Camp... For Adults! Outdoor Camp
Sunday, June 25 | 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. | North Park
Celebrate summer like a kid on summer break with the National Aviary. Get out and explore the great outdoors with Aviary experts at North Park! Kayak with L.L. Bean, explore the trails and look for birds with an Aviary expert, and play classic camp games to get in touch with your inner kid! Bring a bag lunch, snacks and water will be provided.
Yoga in the Garden
Feel like a kid again at the National Aviary! Spend a day with Aviary staff and go behind the scenes to see what it takes to care for the more than 500 birds and animals that call the National Aviary home! Help prepare enrichment for the flock, get up close with Animal Ambassadors, and learn about National Aviary conservation projects across the globe. Registration includes all camp activities, including crafts, up-close animal encounters, and a boxed lunch.
$150 per person (includes choice of lunch from Atria’s) Register at https://shop.aviary.org/#/Education
$150 per person Register HERE
Yoga in the Garden
Sunday, June 11 | 9 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Sunday, July 9 | 9 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Press pause before the week ahead to enjoy a relaxing yoga session in The Garden Room, a serene space in the National Aviary that offers open-air access and stunning views of the surrounding park. This gentle yoga session led by a professional, certified yoga instructor is perfect for anybody looking to slow down and connect with themselves and with nature, from those trying yoga for the first time to those with a deep yoga practice. After class, take time to unwind in beautiful, immersive habitats – class includes admission to the Aviary. This program is available for participants ages 18 and up.
Members: $20 per participant Non-members: $25 per participant
Sloth Birthday Party!
Thursday, August 24th I 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. I At the National Aviary I Included with admission
Get the opportunity to celebrate two big birthdays at the National Aviary! Visitors will be able to sign acard and then ‘hang out’ for various sloth-related activities and coloring sheets! Stay tuned to theNational Aviary’s social media channels and aviary.org to learn more.
Get general admission tickets at https://shop.aviary.org/#/Admission!
Brushes and Birds: Sloth!
Saturday, August 26 | 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. | At the National Aviary
Paint a portrait of a well-loved National Aviary resident: a Linnaeus’s Two-toed Sloth! Join Maria DeSimone Prascak of Maria’s Ideas; MariasIdeas.com for a creative and colorful class in painting your own masterpiece. In these courses designed for painters of all ages and abilities, follow Maria’s step-by- step instructions to create your masterpiece! National Aviary admission and materials are included. This program is for ages 8 and up.
Members: $60 per participant
Non-members: $65 per participant