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

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"

School Groups

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

Homeschool groups of fewer than 15 students are welcome to visit at anytime (regular admission applies).

Each spring and fall, we offer two events for homeschool groups to learn about birds of prey. Please visit our calendar to learn more. For more information, contact Tate Mason at or 362-8259.

Non-school Groups

Admission prices for a non-school group of 15 or more that schedule at least two weeks in advance are $6 adults, $5 seniors (62+), and $4 youth ages 4-16. With prior arrangement, a tour guide will be provided for your group.

Submit a Group Visit Inquiry

Behind the scenes tours

Behind the Scenes Tours are not currently available.

Interpretive Center links


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

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

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

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

Closed federal holidays, Easter, Christmas Eve


Contact the Interpretive Center

  • 208-362-8687


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