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Formal education programs must be booked at least one month in advance. Visitors are also welcome from 9am-5pm daily for free self-guided tours.


Guided Tours

Alabama Wildlife Center Tour
This is a guided tour of AWC’s facility at Oak Mountain State Park.  Learn about the work that happens every day at the wildlife center and the center’s role in the larger picture of wildlife conservation.  Your group will also get to meet one of our four glove-trained raptors up close and personal at the end of your tour.
Recommended for all ages/grade levels

Treetop Nature Trail & Hike
Begin your guided tour on the Treetop Nature Trail Boardwalk where your group will meet non-releasable raptors and learn the basics of raptor biology. From TNT your group will hike up to the Alabama Wildlife Center where you will meet one of our four glove-trained raptors up close and personal. During your hike your group will stop several times along the way to learn about forest ecology and the various inhabitants of the forest ecosystem.
Recommended for grades 6-12

Auditorium/Classroom Programs — Your class can experience  a Raptor program at AWC, or we can come to your organization.

Raptors 101:  Intro to Birds of Prey
An introduction to birds of prey where students will learn how to recognize raptors based on the adaptations that all raptors share. Students will review the basics of raptor biology as well as learn about behavior and training. Additionally, students will learn many other interesting facts about these amazing animals and will also get to meet three or four glove-trained raptors up close and personal.
Recommended for grades 1-5

Raptors 202: Beyond the Basics of Birds of Prey
An in-depth look at raptor biology, ecology, and conservation. Learn about special adaptations for hunting and flight. This program can easily be adapted for aerospace engineering students to learn how raptor flight has influenced our approach to modern aircraft design. Students will also get to meet three or four glove-trained raptors up close and personal.
(“Raptors 101” is not a required prerequisite)
Recommended for grades 6-12

For details on how our educational programs support the Alabama Courses of Study curriculum, please see this alignment table. (If your browser fails to open this document, please right-click the link and use “Save link as…” to save the file to your computer so you can open it from there.)


Chaperones:

The Alabama Wildlife Center is a functioning rehabilitation center. To ensure the well-being of our sensitive wild bird patients, we request that groups provide adequate chaperones to ensure that tours are conducted in a quiet and orderly manner.

Suggested student/chaperone ratios:

Elementary School — 1 chaperone for every 5 students
Middle and High School — 1 chaperone for every 10 students

Program fees:
Pricing for programs may vary depending on group size, duration and number of programs, and distance from AWC.

Programs at AWC:
For groups with 20 or fewer people wanting to participate in a guided hike along the Treetop Nature Trail, tour of the facility, and Bird of Prey program, the program fee is $100.00.  For groups larger than 20 people, the fee is $5 per person.

For groups with 25 or fewer people wanting to participate in a Bird of Prey program and tour of the facility, the program fee is $100.00.  For groups larger than 25 people, the fee is $4.00 per person.

Off-site programs:
The fee for having AWC’s educational staff and education birds visit your organization to present a Bird of Prey program is $150.00.  If you are interested in having more than one program presentation on a given day, the fee for each additional program is $75.00.

The fee for having an AWC booth as part of a half-day program or event (up to 3 hours) is $200.00 and $300.00 for full day events (>3 hours). 

*For program requests over 30 miles from AWC, additional travel fees may be applied.

Payment Terms for Educational Programs:

All programs must be paid in full no later than one business day before the program. All weekend programs must be paid by the end of business hours on the Friday before the program.

Cancellations should be made as soon as possible. Refunds will be given if cancellations are made at least 24 hours in advance.

AWC is not an entity of Oak Mountain State Park. Payment for entrance fees must be paid to the park gate upon entrance unless otherwise arranged through the Park Office at (205) 620-2520.

Limited scholarship funds are available. If reduced or waived fees would make it possible for your group to participate in our formal education programs, please inquire.

Park Entrance Fees:
Program prices do not include entrance fees for Oak Mountain State Park, which are paid separately upon arrival:

Children five and under: free
Ages 6-11: $2.00
Ages 12-60: $5.00
Ages 61 and over: $2.00

To Book:

Bookings are subject to the availability of a trained program presenter.   To request a program, call 205-663-7930, ext. 4.

 

Get in Touch

Address
100 Terrace Drive
Oak Mountain State Park
Pelham, AL 35124
205-663-7930
wildlife@awrc.org

Hours Open Every Day of the Year!

Bird Patient Admission: 9:00AM-5:00PM
Wildlife Help Line: 205-663-7930, Ext. 2
Visitors: 9:00AM-5:00PM (even holidays!)
Business Office: 9:00AM-5:00PM Monday-Friday (closed holidays)

About The Wildlife Center

Our Mission
The Alabama Wildlife Center is Alabama’s oldest and largest wildlife rehabilitation facility, caring annually for almost 2,000 wild bird patients from more than 100 species. AWC is a nonprofit organization with a dual mission:
  • to provide medical and rehabilitative care for Alabama’s injured and orphaned native birds in order to permit their return to the wild, and
  • to educate people in order to heighten awareness and appreciation of Alabama’s native wildlife.