The National Eagle Center encapsulates a world in which the iconic power and presence of eagles are known, respected, advocated for, and protected. Located in Wabasha, Minnesota, they are home to several non-releasable Bald Eagles and a nesting place for hundreds of others who come for the winter.
Whether you wish to see these beautiful creatures up close, observe them in their prime habitat, incorporate the Center’s research into your own teachings, or donate to support their mission, they have a way for you to get involved.
Scroll through the gallery below to find ideas for the perfect itinerary at the National Eagle Center.
Learn about eagles, stand face-to-face with a live eagle, and watch wild eagles soar above the observation deck. Considered a must-see tourist attraction, the National Eagle Center is one of the rare places where you get to stand a few feet away from a majestic Bald Eagle, with no barrier in between. Experience two floors of exhibits, which include a hands-on interactive area, connections to eagles, the land and the River by regional Dakota peoples, Masters of the Sky where you learn how to identify native raptors, the environment of the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife Refuge, and the art and history of eagles in America.
2. Eagle Field Trips
What’s better than seeing an eagle up close? Experiencing it in its natural habitat. Eagle field trips provide you with the unique opportunity to see both Bald and Golden Eagles soar across the skies of the Upper Mississippi River Valley and surrounding bluff lands. These unforgettable tours are guided by expert naturalists and give you plenty of opportunities to learn about eagle biology, behaviors, and how to identify the different species on your own. Reserve your spot for the next experience and prepare to be transported to eagle territory. In the winter months, you can see hundreds more Bald Eagles migrate to find open water on the river. Whichever season you choose to visit, you will experience an eagle adventure unlike any other.
3. Habitat Tours
Explore the breathtaking scenery that surrounds the National Eagle Center on a habitat tour. This is your best opportunity to encounter Bald Eagles, Golden Eagles, swans, and waterfowl in the Driftless Region of Minnesota. Follow naturalist guides to pre-scouted viewing locations for the ultimate sightings and picturesque views.
4. Meet a National Eagle Center Ambassador
The National Eagle Center is proud to be home to multiple Bald Eagles and a Red-Tailed Hawk who were rescued from around the United States and rehabilitated here at the National Eagle Center. Eagle ambassadors are considered non-releasable due to injuries sustained prior to their arrival and provide you with a unique and unforgettable up-close encounter. You have not experienced the true beauty of an eagle until you’ve met one face-to-face.
5. Book a River Cruise
In summer, enjoy a fun and memorable afternoon viewing Bald Eagles and other wildlife with a cruise on the Mississippi River’s picturesque Lake Pepin aboard the Pearl of the Lake. These cruises offer you the chance to view eagles from the river perspective and provide an up-close look at their behavior and habitat as well as amazing photo opportunities. Bring your family, friends, and camera, and join our expert naturalists and the crew of the Pearl of the Lake for an experience you won’t soon forget.