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!

11 am & 2 pm April 11-June 7, 2015

10 am, noon, and 2 pm September 6-November 15, 2015

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 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 raptor and 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! This is a program for visitors of all ages. 

Trapping & Tracking

11 am near South Lookout   

April 11-May 10, 2015 

11:30 & 3 pm near South Lookout

September 5-November 15, 2015 

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, trail fee applies.

Binoculars Basics

10 am near South Lookout

April 11-May 10, 2015

9:30 and 10:30 am near South Lookout

September 6-November 15, 2015 

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, trail fee applies.

Name that Raptor

Photo by Phil Campbell

12:30 am at North Lookout 

April 11- May 10, 2015

10:30 am & 2 pm at Laurelwood Niche

September 5 - November 15, 2015

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 applies.

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.

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