The National Eagle Center continues to welcome guests to our facility for visits and scheduled daily programs. We are following the guidance of local health officials and the CDC. We are implementing additional cleaning procedures and have modified our programming to accommodate increased social distance for visitors to ensure a safe and healthy visit for all our guests. READ FULL STATEMENT

WEEKEND 1: MARCH 7/8

FEATURE PROGRAMS
Saturday & Sunday
(
St. Felix Auditorium)

EAGLE TRIVIA SHOW
11:30am and 2:00pm

Come early to grab your seat and warm-up for the feature presentation with a fun trivia program! Audience members can test their raptor knowledge with facts and trivia, crowd interaction and humor with the National Eagle Center education team. This will be for all ages and help introduce World Bird Sanctuary.

WORLD BIRD SANCTUARY
 12pm and 2:30pm

Stop in for a visit and catch a program by the World Bird Sanctuary. This program gives you the opportunity not only to see multiple species of birds of prey, but the experience of them flying just inches over your head! Their teams of experts will share their raptor friends in an exciting program featuring a Harris Hawk, European Barn Owl, Golden Eagle, Eurasian Eagle Owl, and Aplomado Falcon.

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EXHIBITS & EXHIBITORS

EAGLE ANSWERS GIVEN LIVE EVERYDAY
Saturday & Sunday ALL DAY
(National Eagle Center)

Drop-in and visit the live eagle ambassadors where they live! Our naturalist educators will be on hand to answer your questions, feed the eagles, and provide you with an unforgettable up-close experience with our resident bald and golden eagles. Bring your eagle enthusiasm, eagle questions, and your camera!

PERCH WITH LATCH
Saturday & Sunday – 1PM
(Chief Wapasha Plaza)

Spending time outdoors (known as weathering) is important for eagle ambassadors overall health. It promotes healthy feathers and provides them with important mental stimulation as they take in and observe their surroundings. Each weekend during SOAR, Latsch, our juvenile bald eagle ambassador, will spend some time outside on the plaza and you are invited to join him! You’ll be able to do Q&A with his handler, take photos of Latsch, and do some wild eagle viewing right outside our back door. If you haven’t yet met Latsch, this is an excellent opportunity to do so. Don’t miss it!

EAGLE FEEDING
Saturday & Sunday – 3:30PM
(National Eagle Center)

Join our avian care team as they feed the eagle ambassadors their lunch for the day. What’s on the menu? It might be fish, rabbit, or some other special treat. Learn about the types of food eagles eat, watch how they use their talons and beaks like forks and knives, learn how they digest, and get answers to all your other eagle behavior questions. This is a great photo opportunity!

NATURAL HERITAGE PROJECT
ELM TREE STORIES

Saturday & Sunday – ALL DAY
(In Rotunda)

Step into the traveling Elm Tree Story Booth! This traveling booth was designed to be an interactive and mobile public art piece that provides the opportunity for people of all ages and backgrounds to share stories about their beloved interactions with nature. Different cultures, and people within the same culture, have unique perceptions of nature and its functions. Giving voice to the perspectives will help to better understand why individuals and societies interact with the environment in such strikingly different ways. Select stories will broadcast through the NHP podcast, as well as, being translated into inspiration for original artwork for upcoming exhibitions. Share your nature story!

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ON THE BRINK: UNCERTAIN FUTURES
Saturday & Sunday – ALL DAY
(Watershed Gallery)

Human civilizations have drastically altered the course of life on this earth, and there is no part of this delicate web of nature where our influence hasn’t been felt. Despite this, it isn’t always clear how our actions affect the animals and plants around us. Here we touch on some uncomfortable truths, and learn that our fate as a species is tied to the fates of the millions of species who need us, now more than ever, to make the planet a thriving place once more.

Explore these connections and some of the stories in this beautiful exhibit featuring the work of Minneapolis-based artist April Schumacher.

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MINNESOTA HERPETOLOGICAL SOCIETY
Saturday & Sunday – All Day
(1st Floor Classroom)

Snakes and reptiles are often a source of anxiety for people. However, most are harmless to humans and they play critical roles in ecosystems all over the world. Come chat with the folks from the Minnesota Herpetological Society. They’ll introduce to some of their reptile friends, answer any questions you have and educate you about their unique abilites and the importance in the natural world. You’ll come away with a greater appreciation for reptiles!

NATIVE DESIGNS w/Dick Mindykowski
Saturday & Sunday – ALL DAY
(In Rotunda)

Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Chippewa craftsman Dick Mindykowski creates woodland gifts created from wood and animal products harvested from the outdoors. Walking sticks, canes, turtle rattles, beaver shields, dream catchers, leather pouches. All hand tanned and carved. A great activity for kids, he offers kids a chance to make their own necklace, dream catcher or keychain from beads, antler, hides and more.

KID HAVEN RECREATION AREA
Saturday & Sunday – ALL DAY
(Across Alley)

Are the kids inspired by the eagles and cool animals they meet at SOAR? Let their imaginations run wild as they enjoy some engaging activites designed to educate and entertain!

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