The World Center for Birds of Prey

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.

Interpretive Center Exhibits

The Velma Morrison Interpretive Center is a one of a kind indoor/outdoor educational center focused on raptor biology, ecology, and the global conservation of birds of prey species and their habitats.

Exhibits inside the Interpretive Center focus on what makes a raptor special and highlights local and global efforts of The Peregrine Fund through hands-on, interactive displays. While touring inside the center guests will likely encounter live falcons, hawks, and owls in both viewing chambers and during live bird presentations.

Outdoor exhibits include half a dozen eagles and vultures from around the world, including two of our sixty critically endangered California Condors at our Condor Cliffs. An easy quarter mile trail guides guests through habitat restoration projects and leads to an overlook of Boise. Signage along the trail highlights the cause and effect of habitat loss.

Twice a day guests are welcome to join a tour of the Archives of Falconry which houses the most comprehensive English-language falconry library in the world. The Archives of Falconry features books, equipment, memorabilia, and art from the ancient (Arabic) and one of the newest (American) falconry traditions.

Visit us in October to experience a seasonal outdoor exhibition of falconry techniques in the Fall Flights. This outdoor experience features free flying raptors showcasing their stunning aerial prowess which have endured birds of prey to people and cultures around the world. Check for dates and times.

Interpretive Center Hours

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

Admissions

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Driving directions

From I-84, take the Cole Road exit and continue south on Cole Road for 6 miles to Flying Hawk Lane.

Daily Programs

CLOSED on Mondays

ProgramTimesLocationTheme
Live Bird Presentation
  • 10:30
  • 12:00
  • 2:00
  • 3:30
Tropical Theatre

Learn the basics about birds of prey with this up close presentation. Meet and learn about a new raptor at each presentation.

PLEASE arrive 15 minutes prior to the presentation you wish to attend.

Falconry Heritage Tour
  • 11:00
  • 2:30
The Archives of Falconry

Learn about the ancient art of falconry as you go through our Arab falconry exhibit. Tours of the Falconry Archives begin in the Velma Morrison Interpretive Center. Please check with the Gift Shop Ambassador for details.

Education programs

Educational tours can be scheduled for schools or groups of 15 or more people.

An educational tour includes a visit to all of our exhibits in the Biology/Ecology Wing, the Conservation Wing, the Discovery Room, as well as an introduction to our resident education birds, perfect for those who want to see a little bit of everything. A tour lasts approximately 90 minutes (one hour for kindergarten) and is specially tailored to each group.

If you plan to bring a group of 15 or more, call to reserve a spot at least two weeks in advance. Your group will be scheduled with a personal tour guide and receive a discounted admission rate.

If your group is smaller than 15, feel free to tour our visitor center at your own pace. There will be a docent on duty to answer questions and facilitate learning.