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Raptor Photo Encounter

  • Mason Neck Park 7301 High Point Road Lorton, VA, 22079 United States (map)

How would you like the opportunity to photograph eight magnificent raptors from just 10 feet away?  Can you imagine being this close to owls, hawks and falcons in a natural setting?

The Friends of Mason Neck State Park and the Raptor Conservancy of Virginia are offering a unique opportunity on Saturday, March 25th to get up close and personal with some beautiful birds. 

Participants will be able to photograph raptors from as close as 10 feet away.  During each 2-hour session eight different raptors including owls, hawks and falcons will be posing for you to photograph outdoors on a branch or other natural perch.  You’ll hear from Raptor Conservancy staff about each one of the birds making this a learning experience as well.

Space is limited to 20 participants per session, so don’t wait to register!

Date: Saturday March 25   This is an outside event and will be held rain or shine

Location: Mason Neck State Park, Lorton VA

Morning Session: 10:00 AM - 12:00 AM

Afternoon Session:  1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Each session is $65.00 per participant.  

To register go to the website:

Select either the Morning or the Afternoon Session.  If you'd like to attend both, you will need to register and pay for both.      

The price covers entrance into the park and donations to the Raptor Conservancy of Virginia and the Friends of Mason Neck State Park, Inc.  The Friends will be using their portion to fund activities and programs at the Mason Neck State Park Eagle Festival on May 20, 2017.  The full $65.00 is tax deductible since both the RCV and the Friends are 501(c)(3) organizations.

Examples of photographs taken by participants at similar RCV photo events:


Only the 20 paid participants for the session will be permitted within the Raptor Photo Encounter designated area.  All others will have to remain outside the area (approximately 200 feet away from the participants).  

Register now, get some great raptor photographs and help the Friends support the Mason Neck State Park 2017 Eagle Festival.