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Special Events, Classes and Experiences

Special Events and Classes

In an effort to continue to do our part to control the spread of the Coronavirus, some events and experiences the World Bird Sanctuary will be postponed or cancelled. Seating limited due to COVID-19 restrictions. WBS is committed to stopping the spread of Covid-19. For this reason, strict social distancing will be practiced. Check our Facebook page for most up to date info!

Ice Cream Social Distance Drive Thru
August 8th and 22nd • 5:00pm – 7:30pm at World Bird Sanctuary
Cost: $20 per car* • Buy Tickets Now

Ice cream for all participants included for advance tickets. While supplies last for day of tickets.
Come see eagles, owls, hawks, falcons and reptiles all from the luxury of your own vehicle. World Bird Sanctuary’s dinner and drive thru lets you experience our birds without dealing with the summer heat.

Date Night: Owls Just Want To Have Fun
August 15th • 6:30pm – 8:30pm at World Bird Sanctuary
Cost: $75 per couple • Ages 21 and up only • Buy Tickets Now

Join us for an evening of adventure and romance with Owls and Birds of Prey. Walk our grounds, view our beautiful resident birds and enjoy a reserved candle lit mini picnic with wine, cheese and crackers, desserts while watching an up close program about owls and raptors.

Paint Night
August 21st • 6:30pm – 8:30pm at World Bird Sanctuary
Cost: $45 per person • Ages 12 and up only • Buy Tickets Now

Join us for an evening of painting and live owl presentation. Sit socially distanced while having a fabulous night out! Wine/soft drinks and cheesecake included. limited seating due to covid-19 restrictions. Masks must be worn except when seated.

Trivia Night
August 28th • 6:30pm – 8:30pm at World Bird Sanctuary
Cost: $50 per couple • Ages 18 and up only • Buy Tickets Now

Join us for an unconventional evening of trivia, fun and live birds of prey. Sit socially distanced while having a fabulous night out! Wine/soft drinks included. Feel free to bring your own snacks or refreshments. Limited seating due to covid-19 restrictions. Masks must be worn except when seated.

Date Night: Birds and BBQ
August 29th • 6:30pm – 8:30pm at World Bird Sanctuary
Cost: $75 per couple • Ages 21 and up only • Buy Tickets Now

Join us for an evening of Birds and BBQ. Walk our grounds, view our beautiful resident birds and enjoy a reserved candle lit dinner and dessert while watching an up close program about eagles and raptors. Evening is outdoors so please dress comfortably. Beverages included.

Amazing Animal Encounters
Daily from now through Labor Day • 11:00am and 3:00pm at World Bird Sanctuary Amphitheater
General Admission: $10 • Children under 12: $5 • Children under 3: Free • Tickets must be purchased in advance • No tickets sold at door • Buy Tickets Here
Seating limited due to COVID-19 restrictions. • Masks required to attend

Are you ready for an exciting animal learning experience? Check out our 30 minute Amazing Animal Encounters! Watch birds of prey fly right over your head, snakes slither across the stage, macaws speak the English language, and much more! Every program showcases different animals, so each day is a unique experience.

Avian Training Workshop
November 12-15, 2020, at Drury Inn & Suites St. Louis Southwest • Cost $800 • Register Here
This intensive 4 day workshop covers all things needed for avian ambassadors in captivity. We will discuss picking the right bird for a behavior, from species to individual demeanor and how they were raised. How to set up the bird for success with positive reinforcement and force free training. Learn about creating the perfect environment from enclosures to equipment making. Weight management, health checks, proper diets, animal maintenance, and emergency medical skills that anyone working with birds of prey should know. Meet some amazing people, learn important skills, and have fun. Majority of the training will take place at the Drury Inn & Suites St. Louis Southwest and some at World Bird Sanctuary. You can book your room through Drury if you’d like to there to stay for the four days.

Bird Banding Demo Days
July 23, August 6, August 13 and August 20, • 8:00am – 11:00am at World Bird Sanctuary near Gift Shop
Watch our field studies crew catch, band and release song birds on site as part of the World Bird Sanctuary Songbird Population Study! Join the World Bird Sanctuary Field Studies Team for a bird banding demonstration which includes: capturing birds in mist nets, extracting birds from nets, banding (placing an aluminum anklet with a unique ID number) and recording scientific data (height, weight, tail length, etc.). All information collected helps songbirds nationwide as part of the World Bird Sanctuary Songbird Population Study and the MAPS National Program on Songbird Study.
We start at 8:00am with setting up the mist nets and getting the banding station set up to measure, record data, band the birds captured. You may even get to release the bird back into the wild!

Raptor Run – Virtual 1K/5K/10K Fun Run: Now Until September 1st
These are difficult times for everyone and World bird sanctuary needs your help more than ever. We are a 501(3)(c) non-profit that is funded entirely through public donations. Your support helps us continue to successfully achieve our mission to preserve the earth’s biological diversity and secure the future of bird species and their natural habitats through the three pillars of education, conservation and rehabilitation. This past year we have rehabilitated over 400 sick or injured birds and work to prevent any more bird species on the threatened or endangered species lists. Join our virtual race, earn a medal for yourself while raising money for World Bird Sanctuary. We are in this together! Click here for more information and to register

Vulture Awareness Day
September 26, 2020
Join us as we celebrate vultures with zoos and conservation groups around the world. Participate in fun activities, scavenger hunt, crafts and food. Family friendly.

Hawktober Fest
Coming in 2020: October 10, 2020
Come rock ‘n roll at Hawktoberfest! Enjoy craft beer from local breweries, a wine tasting, and some of the best live music in St. Louis. Meet some of our hawks in person and see how lovely the sanctuary grounds are during Fall.

Wizarding Owl-O-Ween
October 31, 2020 at World Bird Sanctuary • Suggested Donation of $5/person, $20 max per car Advanced reservations required.
World Bird Sanctuary presents a Wizarding Owl-o-ween. Wizards and Muggles are invited to join us for a Harry Potter themed event. Visit our owlery, and see our very own basilisk, acromantula and magical beasts from around the world. Take a break from the Muggle world while sipping butterbeer, trick or tweet at Honeydukes, and find your magic wand at Ollivanders! Costume contest, kids games and crafts. Enjoy food from the Leaky Falcon. You may even get your fortune read by Professor TreDawney.

Camera Day: WBS Members & Adopt-A-Bird Parents Only
November 7, 2020
World Bird Sanctuary Members and Adopt-A-Bird parents are invited to Camera Day to take close up photographs of our birds of prey perched in natural settings. Visitors can get up close without exhibit wire in the way. Species will rotate throughout the day and during the event, our Naturalists will free-fly a bird!
Become a WBS Member
Become an Adopt-A-Bird Parent

Holidays Party
December 10, 2020

Holidays at Hawkwarts
December 19, 2020 • 10:00am – 4:00pm at World Bird Sanctuary

Owl Prowls
select evenings from November – March • 7:00pm at World Bird Sanctuary Book Online Here
Come over to the dark side and meet those amazing birds that exist by moonlight. Owl Prowls offer an exciting opportunity to learn more about the amazing life of owls. Spend an evening with a WBS naturalist who will introduce you to live owls and their unique calls. Then, take an easy night hike through our grounds to try to call in a wild owl!

Eagle Days
Join us for Eagle Days in several locations in Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky and Minnesota during the months of January and February. World Bird Sanctuary’s Eagle Days will feature free education programs including a Bald Eagle and your questions answered by our knowledgeable staff and volunteers.

Eagle Adventure Camp
See you in 2021!
Are you ready for an exciting adventure? Come explore you wild side this summer at World Bird Sanctuary’s Eagle Adventure Camp! Learn all about birds of prey with each day focusing on a different kind of raptor. Meet live education ambassadors, complete bird focused activities, participate in team building challenges and games, and of course have lots of fun. Make new friends, both human and feathered, while exploring the great outdoors!

Date Night
Dates TBD at World Bird Sanctuary Cost: $75 per couple • Ages 21 and up only
Join us for an evening of adventure and romance with America’s symbol of freedom. Walk our grounds, view our beautiful resident birds and enjoy a reserved candle lit mini picnic with wine, charcuterie board, chocolate and flower while watching an up close program about eagles and raptors.

Dinner and Drive Thru
Dates TBD at World Bird Sanctuary
Cost: $10 per car • Optional dinner can be purchased at $5 per person and includes hot dog, chips and drink. Dinner pre-purchase recommended or while supplies last.

Come see eagles, owls, hawks, falcons and reptiles all from the luxury of your own vehicle. World Bird Sanctuary’s dinner and drive thru lets you experience our birds without dealing with the summer heat.

Guest Experiences

Make your trip to World Bird Sanctuary even more memorable with one of our many Guest Experiences! There are lots of activities available to enhance your visit – get up close and personal with some of our animal ambassadors who can’t wait to meet you!

Available Daily for Ages 13 and Up

  • Each experience approximately 30 minutes.
  • Tickets for Guest Experiences available for same-day purchase in our Raptique Gift Shop. Please call ahead to be sure your experience is available for same-day purchase (636) 431-1333.
  • Tickets and gift certificates available for purchase online here dates and times are subject to availability. Please email education@worldbirdsanctuary.org before purchasing if you need a specific date.
  • Guest Experiences are not guaranteed to be private, unless your group fills the maximum capacity of 15.
  • World Bird Sanctuary reserves the right to cancel any Guest Experience due to unforeseen circumstances. In case of cancellation, every attempt will be made to reschedule, or refunds will be offered.
  • Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to your Guest Experience to give yourself time to purchase tickets and get to the Guest Experience location.

Parrot Party: daily at 10am
WBS Member Price: $27 each • Non-Member Price: $30 each
This very special Guest Experience features “Waylon,” a blue-and-gold macaw who loves people and attention, and who can step up to your hand and entertain you with a lovable personality and a special ability to mimic certain words. Let one of our Naturalists guide you in this unforgettable experience!

Emu Encounter: daily at 12pm
WBS Member Price: $27 each • Non-Member Price: $30 each
Come meet “Sprinkles” up close and personal! Offer them food, feel their coarse feathers, and get some amazing pictures with the two best emus around; all while learning about the natural history of emus from one of our Naturalists. You will get to enter their enclosure with the Naturalist to guide you through this one of a kind experience. Children under the age of 13 will be able to enter the corale and interact with the emus through the fence.

Handle an Exotic Raptor: daily at 4pm
WBS Member Price: $36 each • Non-Member Price: $40 each
A very special opportunity, indeed – Let one of our Naturalists guide you on how to hold a non-native raptor! With a special falconry glove provided, one of our feathered ambassadors will step up to your hand, giving you a personal and up-close encounter with a talon-ted predator. Guests may handle Mia our Spectacled Owl.


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