New virtual experiences offer interactive fun for the whole family
The National Eagle Center is preparing to host its annual SOAR With The Eagles festival. This year due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, they invite the public to SOAR Differently with them as they host all of their March programming online.
SOAR Differently will offer a lineup of over 30 programs, including weekly social media programs via Facebook Live and a series of live eagle programs and lectures covering the Mississippi River, history, cultures, eagle trivia, and more. The festival will offer exclusive live eagle programs for members.
“March is always an exciting month for our team, our members, visitors from all over the Midwest, and the Wabasha community,” said Ed Hahn, marketing manager at the center. “This past year presented us with many challenges in the wake of COVID-19, but we have adapted our educational programming and found successful ways to connect with our audiences around the world online. Given that success, we’re excited to go virtual with SOAR in 2021.”
Festival attendees will be able to enjoy National Eagle Center programs from the comfort of home. Weekly social media programs will be free to the public, while live eagle programs and other lectures will be available on Zoom a la carte for $10 per program. National Eagle Center members will be sent exclusive links within 48 hours of each program broadcast to view free of charge.
Free programs will include weekly Adventures in Eaglet Territory programs for kids on Facebook Live and wild eagle scope programs for all ages. Scope programs will offer a live look at bald eagle and waterfowl activity out on the Mississippi River.
“We will definitely miss seeing all the thousands of our SOAR visitors in person,” said Hahn. “But this year they don’t have to worry about the weather, parking or finding a good seat. Plus, the entire family can enjoy a program for the price of one adult admission. It’s a great value!”
While all of the festival programming will be online, the National Eagle Center will still be open to in-person visitors each weekend Friday through Sunday, with pre-registered visitors sessions at 10 a.m., noon, 2 p.m., and 4 p.m. Sessions are 90-minutes and limited to 50 visitors.
“People are still welcome to come and visit the eagle ambassadors in-person on the weekends,” said Hahn. “The bald eagle activity along the river is very high this time of year, so it’s a great time to come and take in the wild eagle viewing.”
During March, special collectible SOAR Differently eagle bands will be available to new and current members while supplies last. Visitors to the center can apply daily admission toward purchasing a membership or purchase a membership ahead of time online at nationaleaglecenter.org/membership.
For a complete schedule of SOAR programming and registration, visit nationaleaglecenter.org/soar.
To pre-register for a weekend visit, visit nationaleaglecenter.org/tickets.
The National Eagle Center is a landmark interpretive center on the banks of the Mississippi River in Wabasha, Minn. Offering wild eagle viewing and live eagle programs daily, the National Eagle Center connects people with eagles in nature, history, and culture. For more information about the National Eagle Center, visit nationaleaglecenter.org. The National Eagle Center is an equal opportunity provider.