Get Ready for a Wild Encounter:
Aviary Adventure

Being a zookeeper takes careful preparation. Here are some things you need to know so that you can be prepared to work side by side with your Aviary Adventure host zookeeper:
  1. Communication between you and the host zookeeper is crucial. You must be able to read, speak, and understand English without the use of an interpreter.
  2. You must be attentive. Although the aviary birds are comfortable working with their human caregivers, they are still wild animals and their behavior is unpredictable. It is important that you pay close attention to the guidance and instructions of the keeper you are spending the morning with. Never enter any animal area without direction from the keeper. Always wait for instructions and authorization from the keeper before approaching any of the animals while participating in observation and feeding sessions.
Please also note the following precautions:
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Who can register for Aviary Adventure?

  • Adults
  • Youth age 8 to 17 who must be accompanied by a parent or adult guardian who pays no additional fee.
  • Aviary Adventure can accommodate 1-2 participants. (Prices vary accordingly.) You can register alone or register together with a family member or friend.

    What should I wear?
    As part of the program, you will be indoors, in warmly heated areas. You are welcome to wear either long pants or shorts. We will provide you with waterproof work boots. You will be asked to remove all jewelry other than smooth, (no stones) wedding bands.

    Where do we meet?
    A keeper will meet you at the public entrance of Perching Bird House with a sign that reads “Aviary Adventure Meets Here” promptly at 9:00 a.m. Please park at the South Gate and walk down to the Perching Bird House entrance.

    What if I’m late?
    If you are more than 15 minutes late, please call (708) 688-8471 and the keeper will meet you as soon as they are able. If you arrive late, the length of the program cannot be extended.

    May I bring a camera?
    Unfortunately, no. To ensure the safety of all involved, camera usage is prohibited during the Aviary Adventure program.

    Can my family or friends watch me participate in this program?
    To ensure the safety of all involved, only the registered program participants will be allowed in the areas where the program is taking place.

    What do I need to do with the Waiver sheet?
    Please bring a signed copy of the waiver with you to the program. We cannot offer the program without a signed waiver. If you are under 18, the waiver must be signed by a parent or guardian. If you have any questions about the waiver please call prior to the program date.

    What if I need to cancel?
    Wild Encounters, Windows into the Zoo, Hamill Family Play Zoo Classes, Adult Classes prices included a non-refundable deposit equal to 25% of program cost. Cancellations require advance notice of seven working days.

    I have read through the waiver and have questions about whether this is the right program for my child. What should I do?
    Please call (708) 688-8361 prior to registering for the program. We will do our best to answer each of your questions and to help you find a program that is a good fit for you.

    If you have additional questions or concerns, please email

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