Scout Programs

Treat your troop to a raptor learning adventure our Red-tail Trail Scout Program!

Red-tailed Trail is The Raptor Center’s program designed for scout groups of all ages. Seeing live raptors up close is an exciting, engaging, and memorable experience your scouts will never forget. The Red-tail Trail program can take place at The Raptor Center or we can bring our birds to your location. This program covers raptor identification, their role in the ecosystem, habitats where they are typically found, and specific actions scouts can take to protect raptors and the environments we share. Our programs meet many of the requirements scouts need to earn badges. Red-tail Trail badges are also available upon request for $3 a badge.

At the Raptor Center

We can accommodate groups of 60 people. The program includes:

  • A forty-five minute program with three raptors such as a hawk, falcon and owl handled on the glove
  • A fifteen minute tour of The Raptor Center including 10 - 15 raptors on display
  • Time after the program to explore interactive exhibits on The Raptor Center’s Clinic, compare your wing-span to other raptors, and learn how you can help protect raptors
  • Red-tail Trail badges available upon request.

Program cost:

  • $8.50 per scout (includes patch)
  • $5.50 per non-scout student.

At your location

A typical program at your location will include:

  • An hour-long program with a raptor expert
  • An up-close experience of three to four raptors such as a hawk, falcon, owl, and eagle on the glove - programs often include a feeding demonstration
  • Hands-on teaching tools such as feathers, wings, skulls, and feet for scouts to explore
  • Red-tail Trail badges available upon request.

Program cost:

  • Our programs start at $295. 

Price is based on number of birds and distance from The Raptor Center. To get a detailed price for your program, more information, or to schedule a program please contact our scheduling department at 612-624-2756 or e-mail raptored@umn.edu. Depending on the time of year our program calendar can fill up, to ensure your preferred date and time are available contact us as far in advance as possible.