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The Center for Birds of Prey Awendaw

Where is it at?

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The Center for Birds of Prey
4872 Seewee Road
Awendaw
SC
29429
Tel: 843 971 7474

Directions

From Charleston: Follow U.S. Hwy 17 North through Mt. Pleasant to Awendaw, approximately 12 miles north of Mt. Pleasant and 22 miles from downtown Charleston. Turn right on Seewee Road. Proceed 0.2 miles and turn right at the entrance to The Center for Birds of Prey at 4872 Seewee Road. From Georgetown: Follow U.S. Hwy 17 South through McClellanville to Awendaw. Turn left on Seewee Road. Proceed 0.2 miles and turn right at the entrance to The Center for Birds of Prey at 4872 Seewee Road.

Where are we going today?

Under the umbrella of the Avian Conservation Center, The Center for Birds of Prey and the Avian Medical and Oiled Bird Treatment Facility identify and address vital environmental issues through avian medicine, educational outreach and conservation initiatives.
The newly expanded campus allows visitors the opportunity to experience birds of prey in a natural setting and to learn more about avian science and environmental conservation.

The Center for Birds of Prey invites visitors to discover the life of raptors through guided walking tours, educational conservation programs and captivating flight demonstrations.

We are open to the public three days a week for tours of the facility where you can see bald eagles, great horned owls, golden eagles, peregrine falcons and more! Guests can also stay for bird flight demonstrations that occur after each walking tour.
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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$12
  • Children$10
  • Free Under: Free under the age of 6
LAST UPDATED 2013

When can we go?

Hours: Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 10:30am and 2pm

Teachers corner

Nothing can match the excitement of being near live birds of prey to grab a student's attention and create teachable moments. Birds of prey can easily be used to meet a variety of state science standards, and our staff can focus the program based on your curriculum needs. Classroom Visits: The Center for Birds of Prey education staff can bring birds of prey directly to your school for an exciting and informative education program. Students can observe birds of prey up-close as the Center educators use inquiry methods and hands-on objects to provide students with an interactive educational experience. The programs also typically include a flying demonstration, allowing students to observe flight behaviors first-hand. On-site Visits: On-site programs may be scheduled Tuesday - Friday between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. During the program, students will see birds of prey from all over the world as the education staff uses inquiry methods to provide students with an interactive educational experience. The students are then brought to the Center's flying field for a flight demonstration with live raptors in which the students will observe flight behaviors of a variety of birds of prey, including owls, hawks, falcons and eagles..

Doing our bit

The Avian Conservation Center is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization supported solely through admissions, memberships, grants and contributions. Your admission fee provides crucial operational support for the Center's educational, medical, conservation and research initiatives. .

More information

Open to chaperoned groups of at least 30 to 100 (schools, churches, Boy and Girl Scouts, YMCA, etc.), the Overnight Group Education Program will offer a bird’s eye view of the Center’s grounds and various bird species. The program is offered to campers ages six to 17 on the 2nd and 4th weekends of each month. Reservations require a minimum of 30 attendees and must be booked by a group leader/chaperone. Rates are $20 per attendee for one night or $30 per attendee for two nights..

What people are saying?

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    The Center for Birds of Prey continues to grow and has become a great place for the public to see raptors from around the world. It is amazing to be able to see such diversity all at one place. The Center is off the beaten path has limited hours that it is open to the public, but if you are into birds it is worth the drive. I would recommend taking a guided walking tour, but a flight demonstration is a must. Seeing these beautiful animals in free-flight will be the highlight of your visit.

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    I was impressed by the skills and resources at work here

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    During the summer, I had an opportunity to participate in a program for local teachers at the center and what an incredible experience it was. We covered so much information in the span of a week and there was still so much more to learn. Through it all, it was very apparent that the people at the center cared very deeply for all the raptors there. I'm looking forward to the next session and would encourage everyone to visit this bit of heaven for raptors. If you are stopping in for a visit, please be sure to check the time and allow yourself...Read More

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    One of my favorite places to visit in Charleston! You get up close and personal to magnificent raptors that you normally only see in movies and photos. The tour is informative and the flight demonstration is breathtaking. Bring your camera!

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    What an amazing opportunity to see these beautiful and powerful creatures up close. Peaceful setting and beautiful short drive from Charleston, SC.
    Check out the hours though, not user friendly... as closed for Sunday drives and other weekdays.

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During the summer, I had an opportunity to participate in a program for local teachers at the center and what an incredible experience it was. We covered so much information in the span of a week and there was still so much more to learn. Through it all, it was very apparent that the people at the center cared very deeply for all the raptors there. I'm looking forward to the next session and would encourage everyone to visit this bit of heaven for raptors. If you are stopping in for a visit, please be sure to check the time and allow yourself a full two hours - there is a lot to see here.

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