Educational Programs

Private Onsite Tours

Come see where we care for our wildlife patients, learn more about wildlife rehabilitation, and get an up close encounter with our ambassador animals! Tours will take visitors through our examination and lab spaces, past our outdoor ambassador aviaries, and into our education building. Tours will last between 45-60 minutes and must be scheduled at least a week in advance. 

  • 6 people maximum - $85 donation

To schedule an onsite tour, email our Outreach and Education Manager Melissa Goodwill: melissa@tamarackwildlife.org or call Tamarack Wildlife Center at 814-763-2574 and leave a detailed message including your name, phone number, and requested date if applicable.

Traveling Live Animal Programs

We are happy at this time to book your winter and spring 2024 programming requests!

Live animals captivate our attention and inspire us. In educational presentations, they serve as living models of physical and behavioral adaptations, natural selection, and human impact on species survival. Tamarack offers live animal programs to school classes, scouts, preschools, clubs, summer camps, college classes, nursing homes, libraries, business meetings, and festivals. We tailor every program to the group’s needs. For schools, we adjust for grade level and address state academic standards in environment, ecology, and science.

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Available Traveling Programs

We are happy at this time to book your winter and spring 2024 programming requests!

Wings of Wonder: Pennsylvania Birds of Prey

K-12, adults

Get up close and personal with some of Pennsylvania’s magnificent birds of prey including a live falcon, hawk, and owl. Learn about these birds’ characteristic features, discover their adaptations and natural history, and explore their critical role in our environment. Find out what you can do to help birds of prey and the world we share.


Feathered Friends

Pre-K, K-2

Even the youngest learners are entranced by live birds. This program introduces them to the similarities and differences between birds and other living creatures and explores what we all need to survive. By meeting a variety of live birds of prey, young people learn how birds of prey are unique and important in our environment.


All About Owls 

K-12, adults

Meet a mysterious feathered hunter of the night!  Learn whether the myths about owls are true. Staff will bring a live owl to share, and you will learn about its fascinating adaptations for nightlife. You will also meet a non-owl raptor such as a hawk or falcon to help illustrate the different features of owls. A variety of teaching tools, including feathers, wings, talons, and recorded owl calls are used to support this unique learning experience.

Note: Our ambassador collection is always evolving. Currently, several of our owls are in their "retirement" years and no longer travel for programs. We are unable to do programming with multiple owls at this time.


Raptor Ecology

Middle School, High School, Adults

Based on state standards for Environment and Ecology, this dynamic program uses live birds of prey to explore human impact on the environment. In addition to learning raptor biology and natural history, students explore the impact of DDT and the success story of the peregrine falcon and what bird science is teaching us about environmental change. These issues are linked to each species presented. This memorable program can be modified to meet teachers' specific learning objectives upon request.


Traveling Live Program Pricing

All group program pricing includes a program up to 60 minutes with 3-5 live animals and an education specialist. Programs for

  • up to 35 people are available for $100,
  • 36-50 people for $130,
  • 51-99 people for $160,
  • and $250 for programs and assembles over 100 people.

We would love to host your group at our Saegertown location! Onsite 60-minute programs are available for up to 35 people at $85.

Booth programs are typically 3-4 hours in length and are available for $300. Live animals and related educational artifacts and activities are displayed to see and discuss with Tamarack educators.

Available ambassador animals include a box turtle, owls, hawks, and/or falcons. Requests for specific animals may be made, but cannot be guaranteed.

Additional Charges & Discounts

A mileage charge applies to all off-site programs. This charge is calculated using the current federal mileage reimbursement rate (65.5 cents/mile in 2023) for the round trip from our center.

Programs that fall on a weekend, evening, or holiday are $25 additional.

Additional consecutive programs on the same day, at the same location, are $10 off.

To schedule a program or onsite tour, email our Outreach and Education Manager Melissa Goodwill: melissa@tamarackwildlife.org or call Tamarack Wildlife Center at 814-763-2574 and leave a detailed message including your name, phone number, and requested date if applicable.

Virtual Programs

We are now offering virtual programs that are flexible to meet your needs. Whether you’re looking for a fun interactive activity for your family and friends, planning a virtual educational program for your organization, or looking for an exciting guest appearance during your next corporate meeting, Tamarack has an option for you! 

Each program will feature a live video of 1-2 ambassador wild animals and the chance to discover their personality, natural history and unique adaptations. Depending on what patients we have, it may be possible to have a glimpse of a rehabilitator or volunteer giving care to a wild patient! We are happy to tailor the program specifically to your needs and interests. Additional topics such as what to do if you find a wild animal that needs help, or a behind the scenes glimpse of wildlife rehabilitation can be included in desired. 

Virtual Program Friends & Family Options:

  • 15 minutes - $50 donation
  • 30 minutes - $75 donation

Virtual Program Group, Library, & Organization Options*:

  • 15 minutes - $65 donation
  • 30 minutes - $100 donation

Virtual Program Corporate Option*:

  • 5-10 minute Animal Cameo - $50 donation 

*Groups/organizations/corporations are responsible for any necessary arrangements with participants and will provide Tamarack Wildlife Center with an invitation link to join the virtual meeting.

To schedule a virtual program email our Outreach and Education Manager Melissa Goodwill: melissa@tamarackwildlife.org or call Tamarack Wildlife Center at 814-763-2574 and leave a detailed message including your name, phone number, and requested date if applicable.