Join the Sylvan Heights Waterfowl Society and visit Sylvan Heights Bird Park free! Membership in the Sylvan Heights Waterfowl Society is fun and educational, and your support helps Sylvan Heights continue its world-class work in preserving some of our most endangered birds.

In addition to free admission to Sylvan Heights Bird Park, members enjoy free or discounted admission to other attractions in North Carolina, a discount in our gift shop, a subscription to "Words on Waterfowl" magazine, and more! All memberships include applicable sales tax.

For more information and FAQs, please download our Membership Guide.




PLEASE NOTE: Reciprocity agreements are subject to change as institutions adjust their admission policies around COVID recommendations. If you plan to visit any facility that normally accepts Sylvan Heights memberships, we recommend calling them first to verify their current admission policies.

All Sylvan Heights members receive:
• Free admission to Sylvan Heights Bird Park for one year
• A subscription to "Words on Waterfowl" magazine
• A 10% discount in the Sylvan Heights gift shop
• Free admission to the NC Zoo and the WNC Nature Center for one year. 
• 50% off admission to the North Carolina Aquariums
• Two free admissions per year to the Carolina Raptor Center
• A membership decal
• Aviculturist Members and higher receive exclusive opportunities to tour behind-the-scenes at the Sylvan Heights Avian Breeding Center


Your Sylvan Heights membership includes a subscription to our semi-annual, full-color magazine.  The magazine provides park updates, information about endangered species, news about recent hatches, upcoming events, and more.


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While the park offers many great close-up photo opportunities for all visitors, some photographers may wish to take advantage of our Photo Pass, which can be added to any Sylvan Heights membership. The Photo Pass gives you access to the park before public hours, plus unique photography vantage points.


Corporate memberships are a great way to show that your business supports Sylvan Heights Bird Park's mission of environmental conservation and education.  Plus, your company and employees can enjoy benefits like free passes to Sylvan Heights Bird Park, discounted park memberships, recognition in our magazine and on our website, and the use of our Visitor Center for company events.