Hawk Mountain is the ideal outdoor destination. The 2,600-acre Sanctuary offers superb hiking in every season, the chance to see large numbers of hawks, eagles and falcons each autumn, and in spring, the chance to enjoy comfortable weather, Mountain Laurel blooms, and returning songbirds. Hawk Mountain Sanctuary is the world`s first refuge for birds of prey, and a leader in the study and protection of our magnificent hawks, eagles and falcons.
At Hawk Mountain, we know first hand how moved people are to see a hawk soar across the sky. That`s why raptors, or “birds of prey” make such a compelling focus for learning. Here, we study birds of prey, monitor their annual, amazing migrations, and use our findings to train young conservationists and educate the public.
To help connect more people with nature and, in particular, birds of prey, Hawk Mountain operates a 2,600-acre Sanctuary open to the public year-round. But whether the birds fly or not, Hawk Mountain still boasts an incredible view, 8 miles of trails and its rich conservation legacy. Some highlights:
- Incredible scenic views
- World’s frst refuge for birds of prey
- 8-mile trail system
- Visitor Center and Mountain Bookstore open year-round
- Native Plant Garden and trails open daily dawn to dusk
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School in the Clouds
Make the most of your field-trip to Hawk Mountain and start your day with a program by one of our Educators. Introductions and Guided Group programs are available throughout the year. Groups are scheduled on a first come, first served basis. Scheduling 6-8 weeks in advance is recommended during peak seasons (April-May and September-November).
Trail Fees: There is a trail fee for each participant in addition to the program cost. A 20% discount on trail fees may be available to groups registering more than 2 weeks in advance. Children 6-12 $3; Adults – $6; Seniors – $5. On Autumn weekends (Sept-Nov) and Columbus Day: Children 6-12, $4, Adults and Seniors – $8
Chaperones: We recommend 1 chaperone /5 students to accompany all groups.
To Schedule: Phone: 610-756-6000, ext. 210
Raptors Over the Ridge Introduction
Time: Weekdays; 30-40 minutes
Cost: $75, plus student and adult trail fees
Limit: 75 students, groups larger than 75 meet in Amphitheater & Outdoor Classroom
Your group will receive an overview of the Sanctuary by an Educator or trained volunteer. Discussion will include natural history, raptor identification, migration information and Sanctuary guidelines. Then, you’re off to explore the Sanctuary on your own!
Raptors Over the Ridge Introduction plus Lookout Interpretation
Time: Weekdays; 1 hour
Cost: $125, plus student and adult trail fees
Limit: 75 students
Includes an overview of the Sanctuary, natural history, raptor identification, migration information PLUS a guided walk to South Lookout and flight interpretation and review of local landmarks. Then, you continue exploring the Sanctuary on your own.
Raptors Over the Ridge Introduction plus Raptor Presentation
Time: Weekdays; 45 minutes
Cost: $175, plus student and adult trail fees
Limit: 75 students, group larger than 75 meets in Amphitheater & Outdoor Classroom
In addition to learning about natural history, raptor identification, migration information and Sanctuary guidelines, your groups will spend time getting an up-close and personal look at one of our educational raptors.
Mountain Discovery Guided Hike
Time: Weekdays; 3-4 hours
Cost: $250, plus student and adult trail fees. We recommend 1 adult chaperone/5 students
Limit: 60 students per group pending Instructor availability
This program begins with a 45 minute introduction to raptors, migration and Sanctuary history and then a live raptor presentation. Each student is given a pair of binoculars to use for the day with instruction on proper use. Explore Appalachian flora and fauna as your group hikes to one of the Sanctuary’s Lookouts where students practice newly acquired binocular skills and identify raptors on migration.
Students must bring a lunch and water carried in a daypack.
The Acorn Project
Time: Weekdays; 2-2.5 hours
Cost: $150, plus $3/child trail fee (adult chaperones are free)
Limit: Up to 2nd grade. Group size is a minimum of 10 and maximum of 20 students.
Students spend approximately 30 minutes learning about the Appalachian forest and are introduced to a live raptor. Then, students head outside to collect acorns and leaves and explore the forest. After the walk, students return to the classroom ready to sort their leaves and dissect acorns helping them discover how these items are connected and how each one benefits the forest. Teachers are encouraged to bring along a snack for young students.
North Lookout Trail Hike for Adults
Cost: Please contact the Education Dept. for details
Limit: Group size is a minimum of 10 adults. Program is intended for private adult groups only.
Program begins at the Visitor Center with an introduction to the Sanctuary and follows the trail to North Lookout. Groups will be provided with in-depth information about the Sanctuary’s flora and fauna and unique cultural and natural history. Ideal for small corporate outings, all proceeds will directly benefit Hawk Mountain education programs.
You may choose to lead your own group without the help of sanctuary Educators. Please review our Guiding Your Own Group Guide before your visit for registration procedures and pointers on preparing for your trip.
Discover nature at Hawk Mountain
Hawk Mountain is the best classroom in eastern Pennsylvania! We offer a variety of programs year-round at a modest fee, or, if you’re already familiar with Hawk Mountain, you may opt to self-guide your group. Learn more now:
Virtual Education Programs
Videoconferencing Brings Hawk Mountain To You
Offered through the Schuylkill County Intermediate Unit. See program description below.
Follow this link to schedule your program now.
Sessions: 30-45 Minutes
Questions: Contact Jeremy Scheivert at 610-756-6961
Raptors Over the Ridge
Hawk Mountain is pleased to offer an exciting new virtual introduction to raptors using videoconferencing technology. Join us as we enter your classroom and dive into the fascinating world of raptors. You will learn about their amazing adaptations and the mysteries of migration at the world’s first sanctuary dedicated to birds of prey. You will also be introduced to a live hawk or owl and will have the opportunity to get all your questions answered by one of our Sanctuary Educators.
Hours of Operation
Jan and Feb, 9 am-4 pm
March-August, open daily 9 am to 5 pm
Sept-Nov, open daily 8 am to 5 pm
December 9am to 5pm
TRAIL ADMISSION :
- Regular: $6 Adults, $5 Seniors, $3 Children 6-12
- Autumn Weekends (Sept-Nov): $8 Adults & Seniors, $4 Children 6-12
- National Holidays: $8 Adults & Seniors, $4 Children 6-12