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 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 M&T Bank, our long-time corporate sponsor, who makes
this 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

11:30 & 2:30 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
9:30 and 12:30 am near South Lookout
September 5- 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

10:30 am & 1:30 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

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, in which case, times will be posted. 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.

History of Hawk Mountain Sanctuary

10 am. Meets at South Lookout
Guided walk to "The Slide"
Saturday, May 30
Saturday, June 6
Saturday, June 20
Saturday, July 4

About the Location: This program meets at South Lookout and then includes a guided walk that ends at "The Slide," the historic site of hawk shooting that occured before the founding of Hawk Mountai. The Slide is located off the Lookout Trail, just beyond the junction with trail to Sunset Overlook and is an moderate walk over rocky terrain. The Slide is so named for the gravity railroad that once existed there. Cars used to "slide" down into the Little Schuylkill River, and unfortunately, the very steep grade made it rather uneffective for this use. Stone foundation from this early industry still exists in this area.

About the program: Learn the facinating history of Hawk Mountain, going back to the native Lenni Lanape, to the smoldering charcoal burns, to industrial age of sand mining, which likely introduced locals to the migration that can be observed from this ridge. Learn how Hawk Mountain turned from popular shooting stand to world famous Sanctuary, and the role of our founder Rosalie Edge and its early caretakers, Maurice and Irma Broun.

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