Two new bald eagles highlight Grandfather Mountain’s behind-the-scenes, Keeper for a Day programs

Press release


The spring at Grandfather Mountain brings with it beautiful weather, budding wildflowers and the opportunity for guests to enjoy Behind the Scenes Tours and the Keeper for a Day Program. This year, guests that sign up for such activities get the added bonus of being one of the first to see Grandfather Mountain’s two bald eagles.

It is an exciting time for the Grandfather Mountain Animal Habitats. Not only are there two feathered additions to the Mountain’s exhibition of North Carolina indigenous wildlife, but the park is debuting a newly renovated, state-of-the-art eagle habitat for the two raptors to call home. The best way to experience the new addition is to participate in a Behind the Scenes Tour or to take part in the Keeper for a Day Program.

Behind the Scenes habitat tours give the public an opportunity to see where the animals sleep, learn what it takes to care for them year-round, observe a training session, and learn why the animals call Grandfather Mountain their home. The Mountain’s knowledgeable and experienced keepers will gladly answer any questions as they guide participants on their tour.

Behind the scenes tours are discounted to $20 (in addition to regular park admission) during the month of April to season pass holders and non-season pass holders.
Another excellent way to fully experience the wonder of the Grandfather Mountain Animal Habitats is to enroll in the Keeper for a Day Program. This opportunity is $150 per person or $120 for season-pass holders. There is also a three-hour option for $75 per person or $60 for season pass holders.

The full day option includes a t-shirt, lunch with the animal caretakers and a full six hours of living the daily life of the Grandfather Mountain Animal Habitats; feeding, cleaning and caring for the five species of animals that call the Grandfather Mountain Habitats home. The half-day option includes a t-shirt in addition to three hours of the same hands-on animal care.

The Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation established to preserve Grandfather Mountain, operate the nature park sustainably in the public interest, provide an exceptional experience for guests, and inspire them to be good stewards of the earth’s resources.

For more information about Behind the Scenes tours, the Keeper for a Day Program, the new bald eagles or the new eagle habitat, please visit or call (828) 733-2013.

About Margaret Williams
Editor Margaret Williams first wrote for Xpress in 1994. An Alabama native, she has lived in Western North Carolina since 1987 and completed her Masters of Liberal Arts & Sciences from UNC-Asheville in 2016. Follow me @mvwilliams

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