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Hours of Operation:

We are a "by appointment only facility" please visit us by means of booking one of our experiences or courses.

Raptor Hill Falconry

The Virginia Falconry School

1810 Panorama View Dr. 

Stanley, VA 22851

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Frequently Asked Questions

What’s the difference between a Participant and Observer?

“Participant” Any guest that is interacting with the birds either with them on the glove or having the birds fly to their glove.

“Observer” Any guest who is present to witness, watch, take photos and is present for the class presentation part of experience.

 

Can I book only one Participant and one Observer?

Currently, all of our experiences have a two-Participant minimum. This is because all of our Experiences are private, for your group only.  

 

We would just like to come see the birds, can we come for a visit and pay to be only an Observer? And what are your hours?

We are a “by appointment only” facility. So please come and visit us by means of signing up through one of our Experiences or courses. 

How many raptors will we see?
Our location is a private residence that is divided into two sections, one for public experiences and courses. The other is an “off exhibit area” for raptors and staff only. Typically, one to two falcons are used for our Falconry Experiences, three types of raptors for our VIP Ultimate Falconry Experience and two species of owls for our Owl Experience. During our Group Raptor Encounter you will see at least one Raptor for a flight demonstration and visit with one of our owls. ​

What should I wear?
Comfortable clothes and appropriate sun protection suited for the current weather conditions. Please always plan on it being colder than you think.

What should I bring?
We will provide the Falconry glove, you bring your sense of adventure and your camera!

Is there (human) food available for purchase?
No, but we do offer water at no charge.

Are there restrooms available?
Yes, we have a commercially maintained Porta John

What’s the difference between the 1/2 Day Falconry Course and our other Falconry Experiences?
Our 1/2 Day Falconry Course is for guests that are strictly interested in the hunting sport of Falconry and want to learn how to obtain a falconry license.
Our Falconry Experiences are for guests that are interested in a unique up close  experience with a bird of prey. You will learn about the ancient sport of Falconry, the natural history of raptors, training, care and management in captivity and conservation efforts that you can aid in to insure the existence of these amazing predators.  Of course, the highlight of most of our experiences is having the thrill of one of our trained raptors fly to your gloved arm.

 

What do you offer for groups, such as home school, day care, schools and scouts? 

Please see Group Raptor Encounter 

 

NOTE: We do not have a “waiting area” for Participants party members. These guests will be charged the “Observer” fee if they stay onsite.

 

Still need more information?

​Email: inforaptorhill@gmail.com

or Call: 540-296-4477