Through wildlife rehabilitation and public education, Cascades Raptor Center fosters a connection between people and birds of prey. Our goal is to help the human part of the natural community learn to value, understand, and honor the role of wildlife in preserving the natural and cultural heritage of the Pacific Northwest.
To accomplish this, CRC has two primary means:
Rehabilitation and release of orphaned, sick, and injured wildlife, primarily birds of prey (raptors), using the highest standards of medical treatment and care, and the best facilities possible.
Public Education designed to enhance the awareness, respect, appreciation, and care of the earth and all its inhabitants so critical for a balanced and healthy planet. CRC uses live, permanently disabled/non-releasable birds, along with visual media and written material, to create a positive, first-hand experience of wildlife through on-site visits to the Nature Center and off-site presentations and exhibits at schools and public events.
This we know: the earth does not belong to us; we belong to the earth. All things are connected like blood which unites one family. Whatever befalls the earth befalls the children of the earth. Humanity does not weave the web of life; we are merely strands in it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves.
- Attributed to Chief Seattle, Duwamish
Bring your class or group for a woodland adventure, visiting 60 birds of prey! Field trips to Cascades Raptor Center include:
- an age-appropriate group presentation tied to your curriculum area: raptors, owls, predators and their prey, life cycles, birds, form and function, or an introduction to raptor rehabilitation
- touchable artifacts to demonstrate how sharp a talon is, how feathered an owl's foot can be, how light a hollow bird bone can be, different wing shapes and more!
- birds brought out on the glove by volunteers for an up-close experience with different types of birds of prey;
- skulls, nests, eggs, feathers, and feet in the visitor center display cases;
- a guided tour of all the birds on-site, with the tour leader highlighting specific aspects of their natural history, habitats, population issues.
Costs are admission fee plus $3 per group participant (e.g., student, scout, or club member), with no charge for accompanying adult chaperones up to a Recommended Adult-to-Child Ratios; adults over that number, adult admission fee plus $3 each. There is a minimum fee of $110.
Maximum group size is 35. Weather can be an issue, as all the birds are in large outside aviaries along a wooded trail; however, programs are held rain or shine. 48-hour cancellation notice is required or your group will be charged the minimum fee for the program.
Have a 'Bird-day' Party!
Invite your friends for a very special birthday party with over 60 birds of prey...
Birthday parties are best scheduled in late spring, summer, and early fall - as weather can be an issue. You provide refreshments, decorations (if desired), and prizes; we provide
- a short program on birds of prey,
- up-close looks at birds out on the glove, and
- one nature-related activity.
To reserve the center for two hours, costs are $75 plus $6.50 per child, with a minimum fee of $125. No charge for accompanying adults up to a Recommended Adult-to-Child Ratios; adults over that number are adult admission fee plus $2.50.