Teachers

Teacher Workshops

Professional Training for Formal or Informal Educators

Hawk Mountain hopes to inspire public, private, formal, and non-formal educators with new tools, activities, and curricula for the classroom. The goal: make it as easy as possible and keep it affordable. Each workshop costs just $10 per person.

For Information or to Register:
Director of Education Erin Brown
610-756-6000 x208 or brown@hawkmountain.org

American Kestrel Webcam: March 30

Friday, March 30
9 AM - 3 PM, Education Building

FREE, courtesy of Lyric Wild Bird Seed
Includes light breakfast, free materials, and more

This free workshop will provide Pennsylvania elementary and middle school teachers with lesson plans and activities that use Hawk Mountain's live American kestrel webcam footage as a focus for learning. Hawk Mountain educators will review the lesson plans and journaling options and demonstrate how to use them in conjunction with live footage via the Internet or by using recorded video links from the 2014 and 2017 nesting pair.

Approved for Act 48 hours, teachers who participate will receive several benefits to encourage continued use of the materials and subject matter. Teachers who complete lesson plans or journaling in the classroom also will receive a FREE classroom visit by Hawk Mountain with a live kestrel. Complimentary posters, books, maps, and copies of curricula and learning activities will be provided for all attendees. Educators will receive 5.5 hours. 

Teachers who participate also are invited during the summer months to join a scientist in the field to observe kestrel young being measured and banded, which will further boost continued use of the materials in later years.

Ecological Profile of the Broad-winged Hawk: May 4

Friday, May 4
9 AM - 3 PM, Education Building

Teacher workshop based on 1 of the 2 new curricula developed by Hawk Mountain, thanks to support from the Wild Resource Conservation Program.

This curriculum is designed for high school students and explores the movement ecology of broad-wing hawks and the ecological niches they inhabit on their 6200 mile round trip migration using Google Earth Pro. These birds were tagged by Sanctuary scientists and are being tracked by satellite telemetry.

This interdisciplinary curriculum connects ecology with geography and mathematics and promotes STEM in the classroom. Aligned with PDE and NGS standards.

Black Vulture Curriculum: November 26

Monday, November 26
9 AM - 3 PM, Education Building

This curriculum is designed for middle level students and explores the movement patterns of the non-migratory back vulture using Google Earth and “R” visualization software. These birds were tagged by Sanctuary scientists and are being tracked by satellite telemetry.

This interdisciplinary curriculum allows students to make data-based inferences about the black vulture’s life history and includes extensions that incorporate reading and creative writing. Aligned with PDE and NGS standards and promotes STEM in the classroom.

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