Eagle Field Trips at the Center

What’s better than seeing an eagle up close? Experiencing it in its natural habitat.

Our eagle field trips provide you with the unique opportunity to see both Bald and Golden Eagles soar across the skies of the Upper Mississippi River Valley and surrounding bluff lands.

These unforgettable tours are guided by our expert naturalists and give you plenty of opportunities to learn about eagle biology, behaviors, and how to identify the different species on your own.

Reserve your spot for the next experience and prepare to be transported to eagle territory.

Available seasonally November through April.

Field Trip
Swan & Waterfowl

Prefer to experience a different bird?

Check out swans and waterfowl.

Available seasonally October-December.


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What to expect

  • Field trips are experienced aboard a coach bus
  • They begin at 12:30 pm at a pre-determined meeting location in Wabasha
  • Travel to pre-scouted eagle viewing hotspots
  • Receive classroom-style program as you travel
  • They conclude between 3:30 – 4:00 pm
  • Attendees are sent meeting instructions via email prior to the day of the field trip.
  • Participants should dress for the weather and bring their own binoculars, spotting scopes, and cameras if desired.
  • Little walking is required.

Please note: While there are no age restrictions, we do not recommend these experiences for young children who may not handle sitting on a bus for long periods of time.

What to Expect
Bald Eagle Field Trips

Bald Eagle Field Trips

    In the summer months, you can see Bald Eagles nest along the river valley and feed their young from the plentiful fish of the Mississippi River.

    In the winter months, you can see hundreds more Bald Eagles migrate to find open water on the river.

    Whichever season you choose to visit, you will experience an eagle adventure unlike any other.


    Is your desired date sold out? Get on the waiting list and we’ll contact you if seats become available.

    Golden Eagle Field Trips

      Golden Eagles are more secretive and elusive than Bald Eagles, which makes them harder to spot.

      These guided field trips are a great way to learn how to identify Golden Eagles, distinguish them from juvenile Bald Eagles, and better spot them on your own.

      Choose your eagle adventure from the dates below, and become a Golden Eagle expert.

      Golden Eagle Field Trips


      Is your desired date sold out? Get on the waiting list and we’ll contact you if seats become available.
      Swan & Waterfowl Field Trips

      Swan and Waterfowl Field Trips

        Every Fall, thousands of Tundra Swans migrate through the region en route to their winter grounds on the Chesapeake Bay on the Atlantic coast.

        Additionally, many species of waterfowl move through the Upper Mississippi River Flyway and overwinter on the river.

        Our expert naturalists guide you to swan and waterfowl viewing hotspots and teach you about their migration, diet, and tips for identifying them on your own.

        2024/2025 TUNDRA SWAN & WATERFOWL

        Is your desired date sold out? Get on the waiting list and we’ll contact you if seats become available.
        Cancellation / Reschedule Policy

        We always keep a close eye on the weather and conditions concerning our field trips, cruise, and experiences. Cancellations are rare. In the event that the National Eagle Center is forced to cancel an experience, all registrants will receive a full refund.

        For experiences that are not canceled, registrants must request a refund by 4 p.m. three days prior to the event to receive a full refund.
        (Example: for a Saturday field trip, a refund request must be received by 4 p.m. the Wednesday before the trip.)