Taking Flight Nights

At Tracy Aviary, your curiosity can take flight! Taking Flight Nights, Salt Lake City's premier teen science café, is a monthly interactive event in which professionals in science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM) interact with the public in a casual setting, sharing their work through engaging hands-on activities and discussions. Teen STEAM Cafés empower high school students to choose topics they want to learn about, reach out to local STEAM professionals, and plan their very own events. Learn more about Teen STEAM Cafés across the country.

COVID-19 Update

Due to COVID-19, the Taking Flight Nights program is temporarily suspended.

Upcoming Programs

Get involved


High school students can apply to be on our Teen Advisory Board, which will meet once a month at Tracy Aviary to collaboratively plan and faciliate Taking Flight Nights. Tracy Aviary Staff is here to help, but this program is run almost entirely by the board! This is your chance to create, plan, and manage fun and informative events for your community. 


  • Meet new people and learn new things!
  • Practice professional skills, including running meetings, professional correspondence, and event hosting.
  • Earn volunteer hours. Once volunteers reach 30 hours, they earn a Tracy Aviary membership!
  • Explore potential careers.
  • Gain valuable experience that can be used on a college application or resume.

To apply:

We are not currently accepting new volunteers for this program.

Scientists, Engineers, Artists, Mathematicians, and other Science Enthusiasts

If you are interested in presenting at a Taking Flight Night, please contact us. We will pass your information along to our Teen Advisory Board! 

Keep in Touch

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Send an email to  to be added to our list for updates and reminders about upcoming events.

Past Taking Flight Nights

Check out what we've been up to so far!

June 12th - Bird Anatomy & Art

June 26th - Renewable Energy

July 10th - Water Health

July 31st - Leave No Trace

August 14th - Migratory Birds in the Salt Lake Area

September 11th - The PELIproject

October 9th - Science of Wildfires

November 13 - Advocating for the Earth

December 11 - Avalanches

January 8 - Culinary Arts

February 19 - HEALing Our Air

July 2nd - Pigeon Genetics!