Programs & Events

Weekend Programs

Saturdays & Sundays, Spring and Autumn
FREE with trail fee. 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!

10, noon and 2 pm in the Outdoor Amphitheater, or held indoors in event of inclement weather.
September 6-November 16. No trail fee necessary.

Sponsored by M&T Bank Charitable Foundation
We thank our corporate sponsor for making this program possible

Hawk Mountain's signature live raptor program, Raptors Up Close! offers the chance to see a live hawk, falcon, or owl, and learn what puts these winged predators at the top of nature's food chain. Typically two live birds are used to help show differences in adaptations, and the program guarantees that you will see a raptor during your visit! Designed to inform and entertain visitors of all ages.  Note: During spring this program is held Saturdays and Sundays, April 5 - June 8, at 11 am & 2 pm.

Trapping & Tracking

12:30 & 2:30 pm near South Lookout
September 6-November. Rain cancels. Trail fee applies.

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. Note: During spring this program is held on Saturday and Sundays from April 5-May 11 at noon.

Birding with Binoculars

9:30 and 10:30 am near South Lookout
September 6-November 16. Trail fee applies.

Binoculars are the most important tool for wildlife watching and study. This program offers some time to test-drive a pair of optics and to learn the features that can help you spot birds of prey with speed and ease, including tips on how to identify raptors. Held near the South Lookout, particpants are provided with optics and the format is relaxed and informative. And, while designed for people of all ages, it's especially helpful for young people who may be unaware of how this important tool works. Note: During spring this program is held on Saturdays and Sundays from April 5 to May 11 at 10 am.

Name that Raptor

Photo by Phil Campbell

10 am, Noon & 2 pm, Ridge Overlook
September 6 - November 16. Trail fee applies.

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. Note: During spring this program is held from April 5 to May 11 at noon at the North Lookout.

Native Plant Garden Tours

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 species that benefit and attract birds, beneficial insects, butterflies and other wildlife. Browse 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.

By volunteer availability, scheduled tours are offered on some weekends, and times will be posted, or, stop by during the spring and autumn Native Plant Sale to learn more and start planting your own native species at home.