Guided Tours at AWC
Alabama Wildlife Center Tour + Bird of Prey Program
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 be given a Bird of Prey program with at least two glove-trained raptors.
Recommended for all ages/grade levels. Plan for at least 1 hour with this option.
Treetop Nature Trail & Hike + AWC Tour + Bird of Prey Program
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, during which you will stop several times along the way to learn about forest ecology and the various inhabitants of the forest ecosystem. Once at AWC, you will be given a guided tour of the facility and a Bird of Prey program with at least two glove-trained raptors.
Recommended for grades 6-12. Plan for at least 2 hours with this option.
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
We bring the birds to your classroom, organization, or event!
Raptors 101: Bird of Prey Program
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 at least three glove-trained raptors up close and personal.
We will adjust information given during programs to cater to different grade levels. Programs last 45 minutes with 15 minutes for questions.
Booth at Your Event
A great way to have AWC birds visit your event without any formal Bird of Prey Program. We will set up a booth with information about the Alabama Wildlife Center, have interactive and educational materials on and around the table, and have glove-trained raptors that make periodic appearances* throughout the duration of the event. Events can take place inside or outside.
*There may be points during event when there is not a raptor on display due to sensitivity of the birds and the need for breaks.
Pricing for programs may vary depending on group size, duration and number of programs, and distance from AWC.
Programs at AWC:
For groups up to 20 people wanting to participate in a guided hike along the Treetop Nature Trail, guided 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 up to 25 people wanting to participate in a guided tour of the facility and Bird of Prey program, the program fee is $100.00. For groups larger than 25 people, the fee is $4.00 per person.
For groups up to 30 people wanting to participate in just a Bird of Prey program, the program fee is $100.00. For groups larger than 30 people, the fee is $3.00 per person
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
Bookings are subject to the availability of a trained program presenter. To request a program, call 205-663-7930, ext. 4.