Public programs are offered each day the Owl Center is open at 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM. We also offer specially scheduled programs both on- and off-site for a variety of groups and organizations.
Live owl programs are an exciting way to learn about the environment. The International Owl Center's wide selection of programs ensures that everyone will find a topic to fit their audience, from preschools to Audubon Societies. Currently, all programs must be scheduled in advance of your visit.
Programs are offered either on- or off-site, but must be indoors in a generally insect-proof building due to the risk of West Nile Virus. Program length can be adjusted from 30 to 90 minutes depending on the program and audience, but 45-60 minutes is the usual length. Maximum group size at the Owl Center is 50.
All programs include a visit from one or more of our ambassador owls.
Please note that we currently do not do programs in Wisconsin due to the extreme complexity of Wisconsin state laws, but Wisconsin groups are very welcome to come to the Owl Center for a program. We are currently talking to Wisconsin legislators regarding permitting requirements and encourage Wisconsin residents to also contact their legislators.
Build an Owl
Preschool to 2nd grade, libraries
Learn first-hand about owl adaptations by picking out the pieces and parts that belong to an owl and putting them into a "magic" box. If correct, a live owl comes out from under the magic box for a visit.
Owls and Us Game Show
2nd grade and older, 4-H, scouts, families
Get involved with this hands-on game show focusing on human-owl interactions and the basic questions everyone has about owls. Our most popular program for children.
Injured Owl Rescue
Audubon, nature centers
What should you do if you find an injured owl or other raptor? This training session will teach you how to safely catch a grounded raptor, what to put it in, some initial health assessment, how to transport the bird to give it the best chance for survival, and what you are and aren't allowed to do by law.
Name that Owl
5th grade to nursing homes
Find out whooo's in your backyard! Discover how to identify owls by their calls, shapes and sizes with life-size silhouettes, audio recordings and/or a PowerPoint presentation.
Real Life Great Horned Owl Soap Opera
General public, college, Road Scholar, Audubon
Alice, Ruby, and Rupert and their wild neighbors are the basis for the first vocal study on Great Horned Owls. Experience the wide variety of hoots, chitters, and squawks and their associated behaviors in this PowerPoint/video presentation. A more scientific version of the program is also available. Our most popular adult program.
Owls in Need are Friends Indeed
High school, Road Scholar, Audubon
Owls in the United States and around the world face all kinds of threats, mostly human induced. Find out what you can do to help them.