Distance Education Programs

Bring Hawk Mountain Sanctuary to your classroom!

Financial, transportation, geographic, and time constraints can prevent schools and other groups from taking field trips.  Distance education allows your students to learn about raptors without attending the Sanctuary.

Learning is facilitated via the Skype videoconferencing platform and supports incorporating technology in the classroom (STEM).  Student-educator interactions and feedback are essential for effective instruction.  This student engagement is assured via the use of a raptor trunk filled with learning materials used during the program and sent prior to the program. 

Program topics can include: the history of Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, raptor adaptations, migration strategies, types of raptors, trapping and tracking (data and migration movements), conservation efforts, and a live raptor.  Programs can be modified according to classroom needs.  Programs are aligned with the PA Department of Education’s Environment and Ecology Standards and the Next Generation Science Standards.  Raptor trunks are available for elementary, middle school, and high school levels and contain materials and resources for use before, during, and after the program. 

Programs are FREE thanks to a generous donation.

To learn more, scroll down to hear a message from the Director or to view video clips from past programs. 

Click here to register or request more information. 

Message from the Director

HMS Distance Education and the Classroom

Raptor Trunks

Travelling Raptor Trunk for elementary level students.

Classrooms participating in a distance education program receive a raptor trunk before the program.  The trunk contains materials to be used during the program, ensuring an engaging and interactive learning experience.  It also contains additional lesson plans and resources that can be used with students prior to or after the program. 

Trunks are differentiated for elementary, middle level, and high school level students.  For example, the elementary trunk offers compare and contrast of adaptations, the middle level trunk houses comparative anatomy materials, and the high school trunk contains a working radio telemetry unit.  Taxidermy mounts can also be included based upon availability. Raptor trunks are available for elementary and middle school levels at this time, and the high school level trunk will be available in May. 

Trunks are delivered or mailed with free return postage.

Education Expansion - Bringing trunks to Veracruz

Children in Veracruz learning with a vulture migration board game created with Hawk Mountain

This autumn, one of Hawk Mountain's educators is going to take a trip down to the Chichicaxtle Veracruz Bird Observatory where they conduct their programs and help them create their own Raptor Trunk system. With this, they can exponentially grow their educational outreach in Mexico and Central America.

In addition to helping them curate the items within the trunk, our educators will help design and translate a curriculum specifically for them and their environment. The lessons and items will be based on raptor research being conducted in Veracruz, but also connecting it to the history and research of Hawk Mountain Sanctuary.

But we need YOUR help!

Funding this trunk isn't easy for these underprivileged communities who are doing their best to provide a quality learning experience. In Veracruz, they have the luxury of living in one of the best places in the world for raptor migration, seeing hundreds of thousands of birds soaring past in just a day. If we can help educate their local youth and expose them to this glory of nature, we can impress upon them the importance of raptor conservation and research and therefore set the future of global wildlife up for success. 

CLICK HERE to visit our crowdfunding campaign, where you can directly support this initiative. Your generous gift will allow us to make this plan a reality, and further progress raptor conservation education across the globe!

What to Expect: Video clips of the program

Overview of the Program


An Interactive Experience


History of the Sanctuary


Raptor Adaptations


Live Raptor

Registration and Additional Information

To register for a program or to request additional information, please click on the link below and an educator will respond to your request within 3 days.

Information Request Form


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