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Lesson Plans!
These are great to compliment with one of our education programs.

Or if you are not close enough to invite our Flying Team for a visit, then these lesson plans are the next best thing!

What You Can Do!

Participate in one of our educational programs, lectures, workshops, experiences and adventures.
You will making the world a better place for raptors.
You experience and learn about these wonderful birds and your donations support our mission!

If there is something unique that you need or if there is no availability, PLEASE CONTACT US!
Let’s see if there is something we can do.

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Educational Programs

Formal/informal programs 
pre-K to 12; university and adults

Schools can use their AZ Tax Credits!

Are you an educator who is looking for a different approach to your biology or environmental science curriculum? Invite our Flying Team for a visit!

These programs are focused on classroom type presentations and lectures. The presentations can be formal or informal. Education programs can be tailored to the wishes and objectives of the requesting school/organization. We employ best practices in our teaching strategies which include a student-centered approach, engaging and interactive activities that focus on real life issues and solutions.

Our programs are steeped in science and conducted by our Executive Director, Michele Losee, Ph.D. an active researcher. While presenting live raptors, Michele uses facts from documented studies and lived experiences as a master falconer to inspire the next generation of leaders to care about their natural world.

All programs finish with a live raptor(s) on the glove and an informal Q&A session.

We create raptor themed lesson plans that are student-focused and inspire critical thinking.

All of these programs can be adapted for university or adult lectures.

Below are just examples of programs that we offer so, if you have something really unique; we can make a teaching moment out of any ideas!

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RAPTOR BIOLOGY – This program explores an in depth examination of raptor anatomy using head to toe explanations of adaptations, replica skeletal parts and photographs of different species to show the variances among raptor species based on their survival strategies used in the wild. Dissecting and examining feathers and raptor pellets is always a favorite way to demonstrate the unique biology of raptors.

RAPTORS AND PEOPLE – This program focuses on how humans impact raptors and discussing ways the students can help raptors in their everyday lives is an excellent way to develop good environmental stewardship.

FALCONRY - Falconry is steeped in cultural history that spans thousands of years and the globe and is the epicenter of raptor conservation. Falconers were the pioneers of raptor conservation and their contribution through traditional ecological knowledge lead to the recovery of species such as the Peregrine Falcon. Need a different angle on social studies? Or English Literature? Or just want something really unique for your students? This is the program for you! There is a lesson plan that accompanies this program.

WHERE RAPTORS LIVE – This program focuses on where raptors live and why all over the world. Topics covered are habitat characteristics and prey choices as well as hunting style used by various species based on prey, land cover and flight anatomy.



Outreach and Public Events

Donations for these events are

Have a festival, outreach or corporate event you would like to make more interesting? Invite a raptor or more! Nothing inspires visitors more than seeing a live raptor up close.

These types of events are more tailored to your specific event/location so, please email us with any questions.

We done a variety of STEM events. We usually pretty busy during Earth Day week; covering the history of Earth Day and its role in raptor conservation.


Discovery Camp 2019  Museum of Northern Arizona

Discovery Camp 2019
Museum of Northern Arizona

Earth Day at Red Rock State Park 2018

Earth Day at Red Rock State Park 2018

STEM Celebration NAU 2018

STEM Celebration NAU 2018

Finley in Sedona for Veteran’s Day! 2018

Finley in Sedona for Veteran’s Day! 2018

Quinn ‘watching’ Albert, Flagstaff’s sustainability squirrel.  2019 Flagstaff’s STEM Celebration.

Quinn ‘watching’ Albert, Flagstaff’s sustainability squirrel.
2019 Flagstaff’s STEM Celebration.

Quinn and Michele - Wildlife Day Celebration at the Grand Canyon National Park 2019

Quinn and Michele - Wildlife Day Celebration at the Grand Canyon National Park 2019



Falconry/Raptor Experiences

Donations for these experiences are tax-deductible!

Are you visiting Northern Arizona or a local looking for something unique? How about experiencing raptors up close or falconry! Nothing compares to experiencing nature through the lens of falconry. Enjoy being outdoors, all the while having a raptor fly to your gloved hand. Even better is the privilege of witnessing how these secretive predators hunt in the wild through our falconry experience!

The locations for the Raptor & Falconry Experiences vary depending on the experience you choose and the availability of prey species for falconry experiences. All experiences are held in the Northern Arizona area (Flagstaff and Sedona).

BASIC RAPTOR EXPERIENCE (1 hour) – This experience allows you to experience a free flying hawk up close all while learning about the natural history of their wild counterparts. (This is NOT hunting) 


This is a hands-on learning experience using a free flying hawk. This is for those who would like a little more detail on the aspects of falconry. Learn a few basics about training a raptor to hunt cooperatively with a human. (This is NOT hunting) 


Join us in the field to experience falconry while witnessing a hunting raptor in the fields of northern Arizona. During this experience you will join our male Harris Hawk or our female Ferruginous Hawk on a hunt looking for rabbits.

What is falconry?

Falconry is an ancient culture that uses a trained raptor to catch game species.

Falconers are the original raptor conservationists. Many raptor species have been saved from near extinction due to the ancient knowledge passed down through many generations of falconers. 
Enjoy seeing the Peregrine Falcon, Bald Eagle or California Condor? Thank a FALCONER!

Leroy looking for rabbits!  Photo credit: Shutterfairy Images

Leroy looking for rabbits!

Photo credit: Shutterfairy Images

Wait for me!  Photo credit: Shutterfairy Images

Wait for me!

Photo credit: Shutterfairy Images

Quinn out on the hunt for jackrabbits!

Quinn out on the hunt for jackrabbits!

We are offering raptor themed lesson plans for digital download so, please checkout that page.
We are adding more over time so, check back often. Some will be free and some will be for a small donation.

WEDDINGS (starting donation $500)

How about having a Harris Hawk be your ring bearer?! Our male Harris Hawk can deliver your rings to the best man! This would make your wedding truly unique. After the ceremony the happy couple can have photos taken with their special ring bearer and with the whole wedding party too! This awesome program includes a meet and greet at the reception for a half an hour as well. Your guests will not forget this wedding ever! Not to mention your guest can learn a little about raptor natural history and help support our mission in making the world a better place for raptors.

Please contact us for details and questions: michele@raptorfalconrycenter.org

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