Make the most of your field-trip to Hawk Mountain and start your day with a program by one of our Educators. Introductions and Guided Group programs are available throughout the year. Groups are scheduled on a first come, first served basis. Scheduling 6-8 weeks in advance is recommended during peak seasons (April-May and September-November).
Chaperones: We recommend 1 chaperone /5 students to accompany all groups.
To Schedule: Phone: 610-756-6961
Raptors Over the Ridge Introduction
Time: Weekdays; 30-40 minutes
Cost: $75, plus student and adult trail fees
Limit: 75 students, groups larger than 75 meet in Amphitheater & Outdoor Classroom
Your group will receive an overview of the Sanctuary by an Educator or trained volunteer. Discussion will include natural history, raptor identification, migration information and Sanctuary guidelines. Then, you're off to explore the Sanctuary on your own!
Raptors Over the Ridge Introduction plus Lookout Interpretation
Time: Weekdays; 1 hour
Cost: $125, plus student and adult trail fees
Limit: 75 students
Includes an overview of the Sanctuary, natural history, raptor identification, migration information PLUS a guided walk to South Lookout and flight interpretation and review of local landmarks. Then, you continue exploring the Sanctuary on your own.
Raptors Over the Ridge Introduction plus Raptor Presentation
Time: Weekdays; 45 minutes
Cost: $175, plus student and adult trail fees
Limit: 75 students, group larger than 75 meets in Amphitheater & Outdoor Classroom
In addition to learning about natural history, raptor identification, migration information and Sanctuary guidelines, your groups will spend time getting an up-close and personal look at one of our educational raptors.
Mountain Discovery Guided Hike
Time: Weekdays; 3-4 hours
Cost: $250, plus student and adult trail fees. We recommend 1 adult chaperone/5 students
Limit: 60 students per group pending Instructor availability
This program begins with a 45 minute introduction to raptors, migration and Sanctuary history and then a live raptor presentation. Explore Appalachian flora and fauna as your group hikes to one of the Sanctuary's Lookouts where students will learn more about the amazing Kittatinny Ridge and local viewshed.
Students are highly recommended to bring a day pack if they wish to carry food, water or a camera to aid with hands-free hiking.
The Acorn Project
Time: Weekdays; 2 hours
Limit: Kindergarten to 2nd grade. Group size is a minimum of 10 and maximum of 20 students.
Students spend approximately 30 minutes learning about the Appalachian forest and are introduced to a live raptor. Then, students head outside to explore the forest and learn more about nature. Topics discussed include layers of the forest, looking at leaves and using the senses. Teachers are encouraged to bring along a snack for students.
You may choose to lead your own group without the help of sanctuary Educators. Please review our Guiding Your Own Group Guide before your visit for registration procedures and pointers on preparing for your trip.