Carolina Raptor Center redesigns campus

HUNTERSVILLE – Carolina Raptor Center, 6000 Sample Road, has opened three new interactive exhibits including The Hawkwarts Owlry Play Area, The Great Tree of Ga’Hoole and a 1950s era movie amphitheatre.

The $85,000 redesign coincides with the release of two film adaptations from children’s books featuring owls this fall.

Designed and decorated like a ‘50s era movie theatre, the renovated amphitheater features a flight show that skips through raptor scenes from popular movies of the last 30 years. The show runs each weekend through the end of the year.

“We are thrilled with the addition of our new exhibits and exciting flight program featuring a number of new exotic raptor species. Our goal is to connect our technology-tired kids to the natural world through the books and movies that they experience in their daily lives,” Joy Braunstein, Carolina Raptor Center’s CEO, said in a news release.

The campus upfit also includes a new owl condo housed in a walk-through tree display. Named after a setting in the popular 15-part children’s book series, “The Great Tree of Ga’Hoole” by Kathryn Lasky, the display will give guests a close, personal exploration of three of the owl species featured in the movies.

The center has dedicated a new play area that celebrates the Owlry and West Tower that houses the messenger owls of the Harry Potter series. Children can climb up through the exhibit and slide down the other side, venture onto the Quiddich pitch and toss a few balls and learn about the myths and natural history of the owls of Hawkwarts.

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