Education

volunteers teaching students about raptors

A place for learning

The California Raptor Center's Education Program seeks to introduce people of all ages to raptors and their habitats, and to encourage appreciation, respect, and protection of these magnificent birds.

Many rehabilitation centers, including the CRC at UC Davis, have programs that allow unreleasable birds to serve as tools to educate the public about science and conservation. At the CRC, these programs include both public outreach classes and on-site educational tours.

  • Free self-guided tours Mon-Fri from 9am to 4am for groups of six or fewer visitors
  • Schedule a guided tour or offsite presentation by calling (530) 752-9994 or email crceducation@ucdavis.edu
  • Share the following: your name, organization, phone number, class grade level or adult group, number of attendees and 2 or 3 possible dates
  • There's a small fee for scheduled tours and presentations. All fees from educational programs benefit the raptors.

In addition to a formal talk, all these events emphasize a hands-on approach to learning. In the museum on campus, young children can search photographs for an owl camouflaged in a tree or match feathers to images of birds of prey while older kids admire the feet and skulls of various raptors.

When the CRC schedules a visit to a school, library, or club, our docents can tailor presentations to the needs of specific groups, from birders to young children. Of course the most popular attractions for these visits are the birds who accompany us. Grasshopper, a Swainson's hawk, is one of our traveling ambassadors. We also travel with great horned owlsAmerican kestrelsred-tailed hawks, and sometimes even Sullivan, one of our resident golden eagles.

The California Raptor Center focuses on outreach to the Greater Sacramento area and surrounding counties, and has hosted groups from as far as Los Altos, California.

Support the Education Program with a gift today!