Velma Morrison Interpretive Center

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Velma Morrison Interpretive Center
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Explore and discover the amazing world of raptors eye to eye. Experience our courtyard full of native and non-native birds. Continue your experience inside with live raptor presentations and exhibits, plus tours of the Archives of Falconry.

Call 208-362-8687 for information.

Our exhibits

  • The Courtyard is a shady lawn with four bird chambers on the north and west sides.
  • Condor Cliffs houses two critically endangered California Condors.
  • Education Rooms: Six rooms are designed to educate and inspire people about birds of prey.
  • A scenic 1/4-mile Interpretive Trail leads visitors to a gazebo with seating and a breath-taking view.
  • The Archives of Falconry features a Smithsonian-quality collection showcasing this ancient World Heritage sport.
  • Raptor Ridge seats up to 300 for outdoor Fall Flights each October.

Planning a group trip

Learning at the World Center for Birds of Prey

The World Center for Birds of Prey hosts guided tours year round. School tours are designed to meet curricular objectives and general group tours are geared for a wide variety of audiences.

School Groups

All education programs at the Velma Morrison Visitor Center are designed to:

  • Be developmentally appropriate
  • Meet state required standards and curricular objectives
  • Emphasize active participation of students
  • Feature our fascinating raptors as a "lens for learning"

Our live birds of prey are front and center with every tour and they serve to make science come to life! If your school group is focusing on a particular topic that you would like us to elaborate on, please let us know. We generally emphasize the following life science topics based on grade level:

Grade 1 - Structure, Function, and Information Processing

Grade 2 - Habitats

Grade 3 - Life Cycles, Adaptations, Heredity

Grade 4 - Animal Structures, Biomes of Idaho

Grade 5 - Ecosystems

Grade 6 - Organisms and their Environments (Ecology)

Grades 7-12 - Lessons focus on the practical application of the scientific method.

College and Specialized Tours are tailored to meet the needs of the instructors and students. Conservation biology and careers in wildlife related fields are often the highlights.

Students and school personnel for all school groups of 15 or more that schedule in advance are admitted free. Parent chaperones are $7, and grandparent chaperones are $6.

Homeschool Groups

Join your homeschool community in learning about Birds of Prey with The Peregrine Fund. During each event, lessons will incorporate the Life Sciences, with special emphases on Adaptations, Habitat, and Wildlife Conservation. The Peregrine Fund is a global leader in raptor conservation and exciting case studies will be explored, including the successful recovery of the Peregrine Falcon and our ongoing efforts to save the critically endangered California Condor. Live birds of prey will be featured in each session. Dates for 2015 and 2016 include Sept 16, Nov 10, Dec 2, March 9, April 13.

Morning session 10:30-12, Interpretive Center open house 12-1.

Afternoon session 1:30-3, Interpretive Center open house 3-4.

Group size limited to 60 per session (including parents and toddlers).

Cost $3 per child. Members and children under 4 admitted free.

Pre-registration required. To register contact Tate Mason at or 208-362-8259.

General Interest Group Tours

Explore the fascinating world of raptors with an expert guide. Guests will experience a live bird presentation, and meet a host of live falcons, hawks, eagles, owls, and vultures. Emphasis is placed on the conservation of birds of prey and their habitats. Current highlighted projects include the recovery of the California Condor and the Northern Aplomado Falcon. Guided tours are available for groups of 15 or more and include the Falconry Archives upon request. Tours are 1.5 hours and a discount applies for pre-scheduled groups ($4 per child, $6 per adult). Tour availability is not guaranteed as our schedule fills up fast! Schedule a group tour.

Submit a Group Visit Inquiry

Behind the scenes tours

Behind the Scenes Tours are not currently available.

Interpretive Center links


November – February
10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday (closed Monday)

Last admittance at 3:15 p.m., trail closes at 3:45 p.m.

March – October
10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday (closed Monday)

Last admittance at 4:15 p.m., trail closes at 4:45 p.m.

Closed federal holidays, Christmas Eve, Easter


Contact the Interpretive Center

  • 208-362-8687


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