Saturday & Sunday at 12pm and 2:30pm
at St. Felix Auditorium

With awesome power, spectacular strength, a huge wingspan, and massive talons, the bald eagle is the very essence of a raptor and headlines this program. In this engaging program by Schlitz Audubon, you’ll meet a variety of birds of prey, including a bald eagle, turkey vulture, barred owl and broad-winged hawk! See what makes them unique, and explore the roles that these predators play in our shared ecosystems. Live birds will provide a memorable nose-to-beak experience for audience members. Great for ages, don’t miss out!


Saturday & Sunday ALL DAY
In 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!

ST. CROIX & NAMEKAGON RIVER – The Enduring Legacy
The Photography of Craig Blacklock
Saturday & Sunday – ALL DAY
In Watershed Gallery

The year 2018 marked the 50th Anniversary of the signing of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. The act gave federal protection to eight rivers, including the Namekagon and the St. Croix River. The Enduring Gift Photography Project is a joint production between photographer Craig Blacklock and the St. Croix River Association. It celebrates the 50-year history and documents the rivers as they are today. For more than two years, Blacklock kayaked, canoed, and hiked the rivers – even exploring them from the vantage point of a drone – to capture images we’ve never seen before.

Saturday Only – 11am – 3pm
2nd Floor of National Eagle Center

The raptor world consists of more than just eagles and hawks. Stop by the Oxbow Park and Zollman Zoo booth and learn about some of Minnesota’s other native raptors, and meet an owl up close! Gain a deeper appreciation for the variety of species found among raptors and chat with the naturalists from Oxbow Park to learn more about their feathered friends and other native birds and animals!

Native American Pipe Carving w/Travis Erickson
Saturday & Sunday – ALL DAY
2nd Floor of National Eagle Center

For hundreds of years, Pipestone National Monument in southwestern Minnesota has been a destination for Native American tribes. They would come to quarry the unique red stone found there and carve it to create ceremonial pipes and other sacred artifacts used for prayer. Today, the site is protected and preserved for current and future generations to visit and appreciate.

Travis Erickson is a fourth generation pipestone carver of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Dakota Nation. For 39 years he has used stone quarried from Pipestone National Monument in southwestern, MN to carve ceremonial pipes. Join him as he demonstrates this centuries-old art and learn about the significance of the red stone, pipes, and Native American culture.

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.

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 nature-themed arts and crafts!

Saturday & Sunday at 11am, 1pm and 3pm
(Passes Available 30 Minutes Prior – First Come, First Served)
Across Alley in 116 Main

Seating is limited. Passes (no extra charge) are required to reserve seats and are available on a first-come, first-served basis starting 30 minutes prior to program start.

Have you ever wondered, “How much does an eagle weigh?” or “How big is their wingspan?” Have all your eagle questions answered in these hands-on and entertaining live eagle programs. Our naturalists will share the biology, ecology, and natural history of bald and golden eagles. All of our presenters are knowledgeable, engaging and eager to share their passion for eagles with visitors of all ages.

A live eagle program typically last about 45 minutes and each program features an eagle feeding. Seating is on a first come, first serve basis. Cameras are encouraged!

Saturday & Sunday at 2pm
(Passes Available 30 Minutes Prior – First Come, First Served)
Across Alley in 116 Main

Seating is limited. Passes (no extra charge) are required to reserve seats and are available on a first-come, first-served basis starting 30 minutes prior to program start.

The world of raptors is enormous and exciting! We see many different species of raptor throughout the year in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Interested in learning more about them? Then you need to check out Masters of the Sky. Based on the exhibit on the National Eagle’s 2nd floor, this program explores the world of hawks, falcons, and owls. Our naturalist educators will explore the reasons why raptors are an important part of the ecosystem, what makes different types of raptors unique, provide tips on identifying different species, and answer all your raptor questions.

Thank you to our 2019 sponsors!