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Winter is the best time to visit the National Eagle Center and Wabasha, Minnesota offers a unique opportunity to see both of North America’s eagle species in the wild. You can learn more about eagles in the Upper Mississippi River Valley and get great views of bald and golden eagles in the wild on a guided eagle tour into prime eagle habitat with our expert naturalists.

We host our In The Field field trips during the height eagle viewing seasons from November to May, capturing the full range of seasonal viewing. Our trips also incorporate fall tundra swan migration and spring songbird migration! Attendees travel by coach bus with our expert naturalists to bald and golden eagle viewing hot spots in and around the Mississippi River valley. You can view these majestic birds in the wild while learning about their habitat, behavior, and tips for identifying them on your own. Plus, you never know what other wildlife we may see along the way! Minimal walking is required and photography is highly encouraged. Trips begin at 1pm with brief introductions at the Center and return to the Center around 4:30pm for light refreshments.

Join us In The Field for a bald or golden eagle viewing field trip this season!

Please note that children are welcome to attend field trips, but that the experiences are geared toward an adult audience. Trips generally last around 4 1/2 hours and involve a lot of sitting and listening. We ask that parents use discretion when determining whether or not a field trip is age-appropriate for their children and generally do not advise field trips for children younger than 10 years of age. There is no discount when reserving seats for children.

Cost: $30 for members, $40 for non-members.

Field Trip Schedule

November 16th

Eagle Trip and Swans Viewing!

1:00pm to 5:00pm

SOLD OUT!

February 1st

Golden Eagle & Wildlife Viewing!

1:00pm to 5:00pm

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February 15th

Golden Eagle & Wildlife Viewing!

1:00pm to 5:00pm

REGISTER

April 25th

Bald Eagle & Nest Viewing!

1:00pm to 5:00pm

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May 16th

Bald Eagle & Nest Viewing!

1:00pm to 5:00pm

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Cancellation and Refund Policy

The National Eagle Center (NEC) reserves the right to cancel a field trip due to weather conditions or lack of registration. In case of cancellation by the NEC, a full refund will be offered to registrants. Any changes or cancellations will be communicated via email.

For a full refund, a registrant must make a cancellation at least 3 days prior to the event. Refunds are not available to any registrant who does not attend on the day of the event.

Bald Eagle Field Trips

What are bald eagle field trips?

The Upper Mississippi River Valley is home to hundreds of bald eagles. In the summer months, bald eagles nest along the river valley and feed their young from the plentiful fish of the Mississippi River. In the winter months, hundreds more bald eagles migrate to this area to find open water on the Mississippi River near Wabasha, MN. You can learn more about eagles in the Upper Mississippi River Valley and get great views of bald eagles and bald eagle nests along the river on a guided tour with our expert naturalists.

Field trips begin at 1pm with a brief classroom program, followed by a tour via coach bus to prime bald eagle viewing locations. Participants should dress for the weather and bring binoculars, spotting scopes and cameras if desired. Little walking is required – simply step off the bus for a great view! Field trips return to the National Eagle Center for light refreshments and a chance to share photos and stories from the day and conclude by 5pm.

Golden Eagle Field Trips

What are golden eagle field trips?

The Upper Mississippi River Valley is home to hundreds of bald eagles. In the summer months, bald eagles nest along the river valley and feed their young from the plentiful fish of the Mississippi River. In the winter months, not only do hundreds more bald eagles migrate to this area to find open water on the Mississippi River near Wabasha, MN, but golden eagles also migrate from the arctic tundra of northern Canada to the bluff country of Southeastern Minnesota and Southwestern Wisconsin!

Golden eagles are beautiful and majestic raptors, but they are also much more secretive and elusive than bald eagles. Thanks to the ongoing work of the Golden Eagle Project, we are learning more and more about the population that overwinters in this region and their behavior. These guided golden eagle field trips are a truly great way to learn how to identify golden eagles and distinguish them from juvenile bald eagles, and receive pointers on how better spot them and where to look for them.

Field trips begin at 1pm with a brief classroom program, followed by a tour via coach bus to prime golden eagle viewing locations. Participants should dress for the weather and bring binoculars, spotting scopes and cameras if desired. Little walking is required – simply step off the bus for a great view! Field trips return to the National Eagle Center for light refreshments and a chance to share photos and stories from the day and conclude by 5pm.