American kestrel in The Raptor Center lobby


Join us for a tour to learn all about the incredible work of owls, hawks, falcons, and eagles! 

Tours are approximately 45 minutes and must be registered for in advance. Click the button below to explore all available tour times and book your spot.

NOTE: A portion of the tour takes place outside in our courtyard. Please plan to dress for appropriate weather conditions.

If coming on site, please give yourself a few extra minutes as access is limited due to construction projects on and near campus. The point of entry onto campus is from the north. Navigate to the corner of Larpenteur and Cleveland, go south on Cleveland Ave. to Buford Ave. (stoplight). Go east on Buford Ave. and turn south on Gortner Ave. You will see TRC on the corner of Gortner and Fitch Aves.

Book your tour

Enhanced Tour Pricing (Fall 2023)
Kids (3-17) / Seniors (65+)$5.00
Kids Under 3Free
UMN Staff / StudentsFree with UCard


Onsite Group Programs

In addition to tours, The Raptor Center also offers group programs onsite for up to 30 people. These programs offer the opportunity to meet three birds up close and personal and learn about them from our raptor experts. Group programs are typically 40-50 minutes long and include a tour of the rest of our education facility.

Starting in October, onsite group programs may be scheduled at 10:00 a.m. or 1:00 p.m. on Tuesdays or Wednesdays. To book an onsite group program, contact [email protected].


Special Event Days

We are now offering Special Event Days that include some extra opportunities to meet the birds up close and personal. Visit our Special Events page for details and registration.


Prepare for Your Visit

Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza

During this past spring our area has seen a significant spike in cases of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI). Our rehabilitation clinic has accepted many raptors who tested positive for the virus, and observed that HPAI is almost always fatal to birds of prey. 

With the significantly reduced volume of cases over the past few weeks, our veterinarians and clinic staff have deemed it safe for us to resume our tours with some additional precautions in place. Out of an abundance of caution we are asking all visitors to adhere to the following procedure during their visit to ensure the health and safety of our ambassador birds:

  • All visitors are required to either disinfect their shoes using a disinfecting floor mat or wear shoe covers during their visit. Shoe covers will be provided on arrival and may easily be slipped on over shoes.
  • All visitors are required to use hand sanitizer upon entering and after donning shoe covers.
  • Wheelchairs, scooters, and other mobility aids that have been in contact with the ground outdoors will need to enter across a disinfecting floor mat.

Please let us know before you arrive if you have any questions or concerns. We thank you for helping us to provide the best lives for all the birds who call The Raptor Center home!

In addition to HPAI precautions, we also recognize COVID is still a concern. We highly recommend guests wear a mask on site and have them for free for anyone who would like one.