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 and after public hours, plus unique photography vantage points.
Please note: you must have a current Sylvan Heights membership BEFORE purchasing a Photo Pass.
*Individual level includes benefits for one person. Individual Plus level includes benefits for one person plus one guest.
PLEASE NOTE: By purchasing a Photo Pass, you are agreeing to our Photo Policy below.
Photo Pass Benefits
Admission to Sylvan Heights Bird Park from 8:00 a.m. (one hour prior to public opening) until 5:00 p.m. (one hour after public closing) during the months of October, November, December, January, February & March.
Admission to Sylvan Heights Bird Park from 8:00 a.m. (one hour prior to public opening) until 6:00 p.m. (one hour after public closing) during the months of April, May, June July, August & September
A key to our "Photo Diamonds"; specially designed ports in the aviary fencing that allow your lens to pass through for unobstructed photographs of the birds. Access to the Photo Diamonds is ONLY available to PhotoPass members.
We ask that you kindly give us advance notice if you plan to use your PhotoPass before or after our normal operating hours so that we may notify park staff. A valid driver's license is required for the use of a Photo Diamond key. Call (252) 826-3186 for more information.
Sylvan Heights Bird Park encourages photography for personal and non-commercial purposes. If you share your photos on social media, feel free to tag us - we love seeing your visit!
The use of tripods is permitted throughout the park as long as they do not block pathways. For the safety of the birds, large equipment, such as lighting softboxes, umbrellas, reflectors, etc., are not permitted within any aviaries.
Commercial photography and professional photo sessions (engagement shoots, portraits, etc) require a written contract prior to your visit.