School in the Clouds Campaign
Making our "School in the Cloud" even better
10-Year Goal: $10 Million
Phase I: Education facilities
Status: Complete. Hawk Mountain expanded its historic Common Room and opened the Irma Broun-Kahn Education Building on July 13. Giving opportunities remain for the education endowment, residence upgrades and ongoing maintenance. Read our Naming Opportunities.
Phase II: The Outdoor Amphitheater
Status: Active and underway
The Pennsylvania Game Commission provided a lead gift to complete planning and produce architectural drawings to construct a true outdoor amphitheater that matches the Sanctuary's world-class public education programming.
Goals: Increase sustainability. Improve visitor services. Expand public programs
New additions will include: Full ADA accessibility. Covered stage. Lighting and sound. Comfortable seating. Native landscaping
Phase III: The Scenic Gateway
Status: Information Gathering
Phase IV: The Visitor Center ... To come!
Progress and Rationale for Capital Giving
Jack Hubley presents a program on the snakes of Pennsylvania to a full room of visitors in the Education Building.
Invest in our assets
Hawk Mountain capital projects are designed to invest in the resources we already have. Work at the Common Room expanded and improved the first public facility on the Sanctuary, and so improved a rich part of Sanctuary history, blending the nostalgia of the original structure with modern updates and expanded space. New features included insulation that exceeds standards, ADA accessible entrance and expanded patio, safe school bus access, connector trail with observation deck, new optics for visiting students, education displays and teaching aides, and modern technology, including high speed internet and interactive Smart Board.
Meet the Mission
All work meets the Hawk Mountain mission: to conserve birds of prey worldwide by providing leadership in raptor conservation science and education, and by maintaining Hawk Mountain Sanctuary as a model observation, research and education facility. The completed Education Building project is key to helping the Sanctuary emerge as a global leader in raptor education. AND the building now provides a new opportunity for revenue through rental for corporate and other small group rental.
Improve the Visitor Experience
Hawk Mountain is committed to serving its members, visitors and supporters and all plans are designed to improve their experience at the Sanctuary. Phase I, the Education Building improves the experience for visiting groups, educators and anyone touched by our education programs. It also now offers a facility available for small meeting rental, and so has a future sustainability component. The remaining three upgrades will improve facilities for the public.