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Educational Programs

The Ohio Department of Agriculture has lifted its prohibition on the transport and exhibition of live birds that was put in place last April to protect Ohio's poultry industry during the Avian Flu outbreak. With the ban lifted we are now able to bring our educational ambassadors to our offsite programs where visitors can meet these magnificant birds up close and personal.

Check our calendar of events for a list of upcoming public programs.

If you are interested in taking a tour of Medina Raptor Center or would like to schedule a private educational program, please contact us for scheduling

Educational Outreach Programs

Our Educational Outreach program provides a variety of activities and information that can be focused to the needs and desires of many types of groups, including, schools, churches, 4-H, scouting, seniors, libraries, and other community groups. We also enjoy a very special partnership with the Medina County Parks system, presenting a number of general programs on birds of prey and several owl walks.  Please be sure to scroll to the bottom of the page to meet our educational birds.  If you click on an species name, you will see a gallery of photos for each bird with information about the bird and its species.

The cornerstone of our educational programming has become our local school systems. Using live birds, we go into the classrooms to talk about the natural history of birds of prey and the unique and vital roles they play in our ecosystems and the increasing importance of preserving the habitats needed to sustain viable populations. In addition, we also host a number of tours and nature walks for groups such as honor classes and nature camp attendees.

Children are especially receptive to this message when we put it in terms of things they and their families can do to help such as creating "bird-friendly" backyards, saving dead trees as nest sites, and putting up nesting boxes. If only a few of the many children we see each year carry forward a message of environmental concern and sensitivity, our program has been successful.

The fees we charge for our programs are used to support the costs of our rehabilitation efforts. Many of the groups we see also provide us with donations of supplies for the rehabilitation center.

If you know of a group that might be interested in a program, please contact us for scheduling.

Our Educational Birds:

American Kestrel
Bald Eagle
Barn Owl
Barred Owl
Great Blue Heron
Great Horned Owl
Peregrine Falcon
Red Tailed Hawk
Rough Legged Hawk
Snowy Owl
Screech Owl
Trumpeter Swan
Turkey Vulture


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