The World Center for Birds of Prey

World Center for Birds of Prey

Explore the amazing world of raptors eye to eye! The Velma Morrison Interpretive Center is The Peregrine Fund's one-of-a-kind indoor/outdoor education center where you'll meet eagles, owls, vultures, hawks, and falcons from around the world.

Highlights

Fall Flights outdoor raptor flight shows

Fall Flights every October feature raptors showing off their aerial skills at Raptor Ridge.


Live raptor presentations throughout the day.

Discovery Room to engage young visitors with hands-on eggs, feathers, puzzles, and costumes.

Wild raptors visible from a 1/4-mile trail winding through restored habitat areas to overlook Boise.

Condor Cliffs, a Grand Canyon-inspired habitat for California Condors. The world's largest captive flock is housed in nearby breeding chambers to raise young for release to the wild.

Indoor exhibits show raptor adaptations, diet, migration, and breeding. Find out why birds of prey are threatened, and how The Peregrine Fund saves species from extinction.

The Archives of Falconry displays the world's most comprehensive English-language falconry library, plus artifacts from ancient and modern falconry traditions.

The Gift Shop offers a hand-picked selection of raptor-related items, snacks, and drinks.

Interpretive Center Hours

November – February
10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday (closed Monday)

Last admittance at 3:15 p.m., trail closes at 3:45 p.m.

March – October
10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday (closed Monday)

Last admittance at 4:15 p.m., trail closes at 4:45 p.m.

Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day

Admission


Calendar of Events


Fall Flights


Still curious? Call 208-362-8687 for more information, or see our Frequently Asked Questions.

Gifts of $100+ matched through December 31!

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Driving directions

From I-84, take the Cole Road exit and continue south on Cole Road for 6 miles to Flying Hawk Lane.

Daily Programs at the Velma Morrison Interpretive Center

CLOSED on Mondays

ProgramTimesLocationTheme
Live Bird Presentation
  • 10:30
  • 12:00
  • 2:00
  • 3:30
Tropical Theatre

Learn the basics about birds of prey with this up close presentation. Meet and learn about a new raptor at each presentation.

PLEASE arrive 15 minutes prior to the presentation you wish to attend.

Falconry Heritage Tour
  • 11:00
  • 2:30
The Archives of Falconry

Learn about the ancient art of falconry as you go through our Arab falconry exhibit. Tours of the Falconry Archives begin in the Velma Morrison Interpretive Center. Please check with the Gift Shop Ambassador for details.

Education programs

Educational tours can be scheduled for schools or groups of 15 or more people.

An educational tour includes a visit to all of our exhibits in the Biology/Ecology Wing, the Conservation Wing, the Discovery Room, as well as an introduction to our resident education birds, perfect for those who want to see a little bit of everything. A tour lasts approximately 90 minutes (one hour for kindergarten) and is specially tailored to each group.

If you plan to bring a group of 15 or more, call to reserve a spot at least two weeks in advance. Your group will be scheduled with a personal tour guide and receive a discounted admission rate.

If your group is smaller than 15, feel free to tour our visitor center at your own pace. There will be a docent on duty to answer questions and facilitate learning.