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

We are currently working on the 2017 Calendar of Events. Stay tuned for more information about upcoming programs and workshops for the new year. 


American Kestrel Webcam: March 25

Friday, May 25
9 AM-3 PM, Education Building
$10 Fee covers all costs (Receipts available)
Register by contacting Erin Brown at brown@hawkmountain.org

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 nesting pair.

Currently under approval 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.

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.

WILD about Bears: June 13

Black Bear at North Lookout

Monday, June 13
9 AM-3 PM, Education Building
$10 Fee covers all costs (Receipts available)
Register by contacting Erin Brown at brown@hawkmountain.org
Limited to 20 participants.

Wild about Bears Teacher Workshop is designed for K-12 grade educators and will focus on many aspects of black bear management in Pennsylvania. Participants will learn hands-on about where bears live, what they eat, how to identify bear sign, and how the Pa Game Commission manages their populations. Participants will see how bears are live-trapped and if we are lucky we may have a live black bear to process and release.

Participants will receive educational materials and lesson plans to teach students about black bear management. Act 48 approved. Light breakfast provided.

WILD about Raptors: July 25

Redtail by Jeff Shmoyer

Redtail by Jeff Shmoyer

Monday, July 25
9 AM-3 PM, Education Building
$10 Fee covers all costs (Receipts available)
Register by contacting Erin Brown at brown@hawkmountain.org
Limited to 20 participants

Designed for K-12 educators, this workshop wil cover activities on adaptation, natural history, and conservation status of raptors. A live raptor program will be followed by time outdoors to build raptor watching and identification skills. Dress for both the indoors and for weather outside, and carry a daypack with bagged lunch and bottled water. Complimentary light breakfast will be provided. Participants receive curriculum guide and Act 48 hours.

Aldo Leopold Education Project: July 29

Friday, July 29
10 AM-4 PM, Education Building
$5 Fee (Receipts available)
Register by contacting Erin Brown at brown@hawkmountain.org

The Leopold Education Project (LEP) is an innovative, interdisciplinary conservation and environmental education curriculum based on the essays in A Sand County Almanac, written by Aldo Leopold. Leopold is considered by most to be the father of wildlife conservation and the United States' wilderness system.

The workshop is appropriate for all grade levels and both formal and non-formal educators. Science, language arts, and ethics educators will benefit from both the writings and the natural world elements. It's purpose is to:
• expand educators’ skills in teaching outdoor education
• help educators to expose students to environmental literature and related activities
• share Aldo Leopold’s land ethic, his legacy and his writings with educators and students
• help people develop a personal land ethic

The workshop will be followed by an optional free 6 pm showing of "Green Fire"- the Emmy Award winning documentary of the life and principles of Aldo Leopold.

Cost is for curriculum and materials only and ranges from $38-$48 dependent upon the educator's needs. A light breakfast will be provided. Act 48 hours are pending approval for the workshop and for film screening too.