Barbara J. Mapp Aviary Education Center
Hours of Operation
Open House Hours: Every Wednesday 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. CT
The current hours of operation of the Barbara J. Mapp Aviary Center have been changed due to COVID-19. Scheduled tours and interpretive programs will be conducted by the park staff weekly. Pre-registration is required to attend, can be done so online under upcoming events as they are posted weekly. Also, these tours-programs are free-no charge but will be limited to eight park visitors due to CDC guidelines for group activities for the remainder of 2020. Find Events.
The Barbara J. Mapp Aviary Education Center provides educational programs, allows up-close observation of non-releasable birds of prey, and offers a bird's eye view of the surrounding hillside and wildlife. In addition, interpretive displays on venomous snakes, non-venomous snakes, and turtles are available inside the main building. Constructed as a boardwalk, nestled in the natural area, the facility is wheelchair accessible. The nearby amphitheater provides outdoor seating for our ranger-led educational programs. The aviary center is now fully occupied with one great horned owl, one red-tailed hawk, one, black vulture, one golden eagle, one immature eagle, and two mature bald eagles.
Pets are not permitted on the boardwalk at the Barbara J. Mapp Aviary Education Center. The aviary center opened on May 2nd, 2015.
The Barbara J. Mapp Aviary Education Center is located at the top of Hall Drive, off of Otter Creek Rd.
From East Parking Area, walk west on Otter Creek Road to Hall Drive to Aviary- 3/4 of a mile.
From West Parking Area(Walter Criley Visitor Center), walk east on Otter Creek Road to Hall Drive to Aviary is 1.4 miles. The hike up to Hall Drive is paved but steep.
Aviary Project Update
The Barbara J. Mapp Aviary Education Center project consists of two phases.
- Phase I – 550-foot boardwalk and five pens that will be home to four non-flighted raptors and one non-flighted American Bald Eagle. Phase I is complete thanks to a recent $50,000 matching grant from Barbara J. Mapp Foundation and many generous donors.
- Phase II – a netted Eagle aviary that will house two flighted American Bald Eagles. Friends of Radnor Lake is actively fundraising by seeking grants, corporate partners and private donations to raise the final $100,000 to complete the Eagle Aviary, and related education programs and materials.