Programs & Events

Weekend Programs

Saturdays & Sundays, Spring and Autumn
FREE with trail fee. No registration required. Great for groups, families or individuals.
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M&T Bank's Raptors Up Close!

Educator Dan Mink with red-tailed hawk. Photo by Laura Weishaupt.

SPRING: April 5 - June 8 at 11 am & 2 pm

AUTUMN: September 6-November 16
Times: 10 am, Noon & 2 pm
Location: Outdoor Amphitheater, located just a short walk behind the Visitor Center. Follow sign. Held indoors in the event of inclement weather.

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.

Sponsored by M&T Bank Charitable Foundation

Trapping & Tracking

Learn about wing-tagged raptors and other research techniques

SPRING: April 5-May 11 at noon.
AUTUMN: September 6-November 16 at 12:30 pm & 2:30 pm.
Near South Lookout. Rain cancels.

Meet international interns and to learn the tools and technology used to study long-distance migrants. The event includes information on satellite and radio telemetry, wing-tagging, and the importance of counting migrant hawks.

Birding with Binoculars

SPRING: April 5-May 11 at 10 am
AUTUMN: September 6-November 16 at 9:30 and 10:30 am
Near South Lookout. Trail fee applies.

Binoculars are the most important tool for wildlife watching and study. Take 30 minutes and learn the features that can help you spot birds of prey with speed and ease, including tips on how to identify raptors. Optics provided.

Native Plant Garden Tours

Learn about Natives like the trumpet honeysuckle

Learn more about native species like this Trumpet Honeysuckle


Learn how native species benefit wildlife by attracting more birds, butterflies, and beneficial insects to your own home landscape.

Name that Raptor

SPRING: April 5 - May 11, Noon. Held at North Lookout. 20 minutes.

AUTUMN: September 6 - November 16 at 10 am, Noon & 2 pm
Ridge Overlook. 20 minutes.

Learn to ID Hawk Mountain’s common raptors with a little help from a Hawk Mountain educator or intern.