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.