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 Upper Mississippi River Valley.

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 October through April.

Field Trip
Swan & Waterfowl

Prefer to experience a different bird?

Check out swans and waterfowl.

Available seasonally October-December.

Pricing

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Members
Members:
$40
Non-Members

Non-Members:
$50

PRICE INCREASE BEGINNING NOVEMBER 1, 2022

Members:
$50

Non-Members:
$60

PLEASE NOTE

Registrations made during October at the 2021-22 pricing WILL NOT be eligible for a refund unless the National Eagle Center cancels. Those registrations will be eligible for rescheduling to a different trip within this field trip season provided there is still space available.

What to expect

  • Field trips are experienced aboard a coach bus
  • They begin at 1:00 pm at a pre-determined meeting location in Wabasha 
  • They conclude between 4:30 – 5:00 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.

    Reserve your date with a Bald Eagle

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

    PLEASE NOTE

    Registrations made during October at the 2021-22 pricing WILL NOT be eligible for a refund unless the National Eagle Center cancels. Those registrations will be eligible for rescheduling to a different trip within this field trip season provided there is still space 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

      Reserve your date with a Golden Eagle

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

      PLEASE NOTE

      Registrations made during October at the 2021-22 pricing WILL NOT be eligible for a refund unless the National Eagle Center cancels. Those registrations will be eligible for rescheduling to a different trip within this field trip season provided there is still space 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.

        Reserve your date with the Swans

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

        PLEASE NOTE

        Registrations made during October at the 2021-22 pricing WILL NOT be eligible for a refund unless the National Eagle Center cancels. Those registrations will be eligible for rescheduling to a different trip within this field trip season provided there is still space available.