Youth Programs

Scouts programs

Summer CampTreat 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.

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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 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.

Youth Raptor Corps

Are you in grades 5-8, and interested in helping raptors, the environment, and developing into a budding naturalist? Join our youth service-learning club, Youth RaptorCorps!

Each meeting will include an opportunity to see live raptors up close and learn about their natural history, the environment we share, and how we can impact them.

Participants also engage in service-learning projects aimed at benefiting The Raptor Center's mission such as making American kestrel boxes, preparing raptor enrichment toys, packaging owl pellets, field research, maintaining our raptor gloves and equipment, making bookmarks/buttons, and public interpretation. (Note: topics and service projects subject to change.)

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We meet from 4:00pm-5:30pm the second Monday of every month starting in October 14, 2019 and ending April 13, 2020.


$30 per family (for whole season)
*Parents are required to attend with their child.


Registration is closed for the 2019-2020 session. If you are interested in registering your student(s) for the 2020-2021 session, please email Micaela Brevig at Provide your child's name, grade, and age, as well as your name, email and phone number. You will be contacted via email in late August to complete the final registration process. Participation is limited to 20 students per session.

Past Topics:

  • Introduction to The Raptor Center
  • Grossology
  • Environmental Issues
  • All About Owls
  • Falcons
  • Raptor Training
  • Flight and Feathers

Summer camps

summer camp with raptorsUniversity of Minnesota Recreation and Wellness Camps

Register, call 612-625-2242 or email
All camps/topics are one week long.  A registration is for one week and one age group.

Registration for camps in 2020 is not open.

Offsite camps

Registration for camps in 2020 is not currently open but check back periodically for opportunities at locations such as the Arboretum, Bell Museum and the Minneapolis Collage of Art and Design (MCAD)