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:
- Incredible scenic views in Pennsylvania
- World’s frst refuge for birds of prey in Pennsylvania
- 8-mile trail system
- Visitor Center and Mountain Bookstore open year-round
- Native Plant Garden and trails open daily dawn to dusk in Pennsylvania
1700 Hawk Mountain Road
Kempton, PA 19529-9379
P. 610-756-6000 x209
Contact: Jeremy Scheivert
(School Groups – Camp Groups and Scouts Reservation)
Begin Your Day Here
At the Visitor Center you can:
- Pay trail admission
- Purchase a membership
- Browse our bookstore and nature gift shop
- Learn more about hawks, eagles and falcons
- Explore exhibits about birds of prey and migration
- See life-sized carvings of 16 raptor species
- Learn about upcoming events, workshops and programs
- Pick up a volunteer application form
- Find contact information for Hawk Mountain staff
- Watch birds and small mammals from our birdfeeding/wildlife viewing windows
TRAIL ADMISSION :
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
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.
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School Field Trips
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.
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
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.
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:
- Incredible scenic views
- An 8-mile trail system
- Visitor Center and Mountain Bookstore, open year-round
- Native Plant Garden and trails open daily dawn to dusk
- Variety of programs throughout the year
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