Hawk Mountain

Hawk Mountain is the ideal outdoor destination for School groups, Camp groups and Scouts. 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 right here in Pennsylvania.

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 School groups, Camp Groups and Scouts 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 in Pennsylvania that School groups, camp groups and scouts will learn from and enjoy. Some highlights:

Hawk Mountain

1700 Hawk Mountain Road

Kempton, PA 19529-9379

P. 610-756-6000 x209

Contact: Jeremy Scheivert

(School Groups – Camp Groups and Scouts Reservation)

W. Hawk Mountain

E. Hawk Mountain

Begin Your Day Here

Vistior Center

At the Visitor Center you can:

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
      • School Groups, Camp Groups and Scouts Please call for Rates

Hours of Operation

 Visitor Center:

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

Field Trips

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

Cost: $150

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.

PA Education Standards

School Group Fees and Programs

Guiding Your Own Group

Preparing for your Group Visit Brochure

Resources that can be used in the Classroom

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School Field Trips

School in the Clouds

Download our complete School in the Clouds Brochure here

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

Time: varies

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.

Self-Guided Groups

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.

Summer Camp Trips

Day Camp Opportunities

Summer camp groups are encouraged to spend the day outdoors learning and exploring at Hawk Mountain Sanctuary.  Students are introduced to birds and raptors with an up-close look at one of our educational birds while learning about their unique adaptations.  Each child is then given the opportunity to borrow binoculars for the day before departing on a guided hike.  Program content and length of hike varies depending on the age and abilities of the students.   Minimum group size is 10, maximum is 40.

Cost– $15 per child. Adult chaperones and camp counselors admitted free

Length– 3-4 hours

Availability– Weekdays June – August

Scout Trips

Scouts

Visiting with a Scout Troop

Hawk Mountain Sanctuary is an affordable and nearby destination for visiting with your Girl Scout or Boy Scout troop.  Whether you plan to explore the Sanctuary on your own or register for a guided field-trip, you will find lots of great ideas to help your scout troop earn merit badges, belt loops and pins.

Download our complete Scout Brochure:Scout Brochure

Tips for visiting and exploring the Sanctuary on your own:

  • • Register your group in advance and you may qualify for a 20% discount on trail fees (minimum group size is 10).
  • • Visiting on an autumn or spring weekend?  Check our Events Calendar for a complete list of weekend programs, all are included free with your trail fee.
  • • Plan on spending at least 3-4 hours at the Sanctuary, this will allow you enough time to hike the trails, explore the Native Plant Garden and check out the exhibits in the Visitor Center.
  • • Each scout should bring a daypack with binoculars, water and lunch.  Sunscreen, insect repellant and a soft cushion to sit on are optional.  Sturdy hiking shoes or sneakers are also recommended.

Looking for a more formal program for your scouts?  We now offer 2 fully guided field-trips aimed exclusively for scout groups.  We will help you work towards completing the necessary requirements for the following badges (badges NOT included):

Bird Study Badge-Scouts are introduced to birding, raptors, migration and Hawk Mountain Sanctuary. Groups will get an up-close and personal look at one of our educational raptors and learn about their unique adaptations.  Scouts will be allowed to borrow binoculars for the day and provided with proper instruction and plenty of practice.  Scouts are then led on a guided hike along the River of Rocks trail, binoculars in hand to look and listen for birds in the forest and learn which species are native to Pennsylvania.

Nature Badge-Scouts are introduced to Appalachian forests and Hawk Mountain Sanctuary with an emphasis on the species, habitats and food chains found here.  Each scout will complete their own raptor food chain activity and then depart on a guided hike through the forest to an Ice-age boulder field.  Here scouts will learn about the unique geology of the area while looking for birds, animals and other signs of wildlife. Cost-$25 per scout.  1 adult admitted free per child. Trail fee applies for additional adults and non-scouts.

Length-3-4 hours

Availability-Weekdays or weekends in spring and summer pending Educator availability.  Contact the Education Department to schedule your program.

Family Trips and Programs

Learn more by watching our introductory video. When you visit Hawk Mountain, you can enjoy:

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  • somelissa

    It’s a nice place to get in touch with nature. Its peaceful
    and the birds song soothing.

  • missylucy321

    I am not usually all that crazy about nature but I did enjoy myself . I can see why some love it so much. Its very peaceful. I learned a good bit on this trip.

  • mariaishere

    Missylucy, I am much like you nature and I are not close. My husband is a nature outdoor person and so is my eldest girl. However, while hiking I and my youngest were so caught up in the beauty and informative conversation, that the usually issues we would have with mother nature and the great outdoors did not interfere.

  • annie

    this place really, just clears your mind..i mean to fresh air, the hiking, and the view of the birds, just makes you feel wow… luckily i came for a season where the birds were beginning their mating season, it was an amazing view, once in a lifetime experience

  • serenity

    this place was an amazing experience…my boyfriend took me here for our 2nd year anniversary. At first i was really mad at him, for taking me here especially taking me here on such a special day. But at the end of the day i felt so embarrassed to yell at my bf becuz this was soo amazing, much better than any gift… watching the birds roaming around you, the cool breeze on your skin, the entire experience was nothing short of amazing