For the Birds Opening Celebration

For the Birds Opening Celebration

Special Events | For the Birds

Saturday, June 11, 2022

Celebrate the opening of For the Birds, presented in partnership with acclaimed music supervisor Randall Poster.

Be among the first to check out the new, Garden-wide birdhouse installation, meet the exhibition artists, join a dance party and parade, and get up close with incredible birds of prey.

All programs free with Garden admission.

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Activities

  • a pair of blue binoculars with the words

    10 a.m.–3 p.m.
    Entrances

    Warby Parker Birdocular Giveaway

    Get a pair of Warby Parker Birdoculars at any entrance while supplies last! Use your Birdoculars throughout the day to spot birds at the Garden.

    Warby Parker Birdoculars are designed for those 12 and older. They are not a toy and not for small children. Adult supervision is required.

  • A child holds a paper bird colored with magic marker.

    10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
    Discovery Garden

    Bird Puppet Crafting

    Decorate your own bird puppet in the Discovery Garden! Be part of the celebration as you take your puppet out and find other bird puppets and real birds around the Garden!

  • An owl in tresses sits on a gloved hand

    10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
    Water Garden

    Volunteers for Wildlife Birds of Prey

    Get up close to some incredible birds of prey and learn about the many adaptations that make these animals some of the most skilled hunters on the planet.

  • Album cover with red wood grain and illustrations of birds. Text reads For the Birds: The Birdsong Project.

    11 a.m.–6 p.m.
    Atrium Patio

    Listening Station

    Enjoy recordings from “For the Birds: The Birdsong Project.”

  • A woman with long hair and red sunglasses poses next to a birdhouse patterned like a woodpecker.

    12–1 p.m.
    Various Locations

    Meet the Birdhouse Artists

    Check out the brand-new For the Birds birdhouse sculptures throughout the Garden and get to chat with some of the artists.

  • Four stilt walkers wear giant bird costumes

    1–3 p.m.
    Various Locations

    Bird Dance Party

    Insta-worthy, larger-than-life bird stilt walkers by Mortal Beasts & Deities and lifelike bird puppets from Processional Arts Workshop dance to processional music from Metropolis Ensemble. Musical textures created by Paula Matthusen, Matthew Evan Taylor, and John Wesley Dankwa and performed by 12 improvisers weave and play in dialogue with the dancing puppets.

    Performers begin at Lily Pool Terrace, the Osborne Garden, and the Water Garden, then parade to the Plant Family Collection for a giant dance party. Listen for the music, join a parade, and dance along!  

For the Birds Presenting Sponsor

Logo: Warby Parker

Image, top of page: Eva Gertrude Melady