Programs & Events

Weekend Programs

Saturdays & Sundays, Spring and Autumn

No registration is ever required. Weekend programs are great for groups, families or individuals, and first-time visitors are encouraged to incorporate one or more into your day's visit.

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M&T Bank's Raptors Up Close!

Spring: 11 AM & 2 PM
Fall: 10 AM, 12 PM, & 2 PM

Spring: first weekend in April through Memorial Day weekend                              
Fall: first weekend in September through second weekend in November

Held in the Outdoor Amphitheater or indoors in the event of inclement weather.  No trail fee necessary.

Sponsored by M&T Bank Charitable Foundation
We thank M&T Bank, our long-time corporate sponsor, who makes
this FREE program possible!!!

Hawk Mountain's signature live raptor program, Raptors Up Close! offers the chance to see live hawks and owls, and to learn what puts these winged predators at the top of nature's food chain. This program guarantees that you will see a live raptor during your visit and is appropriate for visitors of all ages. 

Trapping & Tracking

Spring | 11 AM
Fall | 11:30 AM & 2:30 PM

Spring: first weekend in April through second weekend in May                             
Fall: first weekend in September through second weekend in November

Held near South Lookout. Free with trail fee. 

Meet international trainees and learn from them the tools and technologies used to study long-distance migrants. This program is informative and entertaining, with lots of hands-on samples for you to look at and touch, and includes information on satellite and radio telemetry, wing-tagging, and the importance of counting migrating hawks.  Rain cancels.

Binoculars Basics

Spring: 10 AM
Fall: 9:30 AM & 12:30 PM
Spring: first weekend in April through second weekend in May                             
Fall: first weekend in September through second weekend in November

Held near South Lookout. Free with trail fee. 

Binoculars are an amazing tool for wildlife watching and study. This program offers the perfect platform for beginners of all ages to learn about the basic functions while holding a pair of optics in their hands and using them in an aunthentic outdoor setting.  Rain cancels.

Name that Raptor

Photo by Phil Campbell

Spring: 12:30 PM @ North Lookout
Fall: 10:30 AM & 1:30 PM, @ Laurelwood Niche
Spring: first weekend in April through second weekend in May 
Fall: first weekend in September through second weekend in November 

Learn to ID Hawk Mountain’s common raptors with a little help from a Hawk Mountain trainee and their helpful guides that show you the key field marks to watch for in the sky. The program also covers the basic size differences, shapes and behaviors that help you key in on the correct species, as well as how to watch for the silhouette of a bird that is soaring overhead.  Rain cancels, trail fee required.

Native Plant Garden

A group of students scans the pond for the painted turtle. Photo by Jeff Glover.

The Native Plant Garden is open daily, year-round, and offers a wonderful range of native plant species with a variety of habitats all to benefit and attract birds, beneficial insects, butterflies, and other wildlife. Browse on your own through the accessible walkway, stop by the pond and look for amphibians and turtles, and consider bringing your camera for close-up shots of wildflowers and wildlife.

Based on availability, garden outreach volunteers may be on duty on select weekends. Look for the "Naturalist in the Garden" sign, or visit during the spring and autumn Native Plant Sale to learn more and start planting your own native species at home.

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