Teacher Workshops

Professional training for formal and informal educators.

Hawk Mountain hopes to inspire public, private, formal, and non-formal educators with new tools, activities, and curricula for the classroom. Several curricula are developed and distributed by the Hawk Mountain Education Team. The goal: make it as easy as possible and keep it affordable.

All workshops are limited to 20 participants. To register, click the individual registration links below or visit hawkmountain.ticketleap.com.

2020 Teacher Workshops to be announced soon! 

American Kestrel Webcam


Friday, April 19
9 am - 3 pm
Location: Education Building
Cost: FREE
5.5 Act 48 hours

This free workshop will provide Pennsylvania elementary and middle school teachers with lesson plans and activities that use Hawk Mountain's live American kestrel webcam footage as a focus for learning. Hawk Mountain educators will review the lesson plans and journaling options and demonstrate how to use them in conjunction with live footage via the Internet or by using recorded video links from the 2014 and 2017 nesting pair.

Approved for Act 48 hours, teachers who participate will receive several benefits to encourage continued use of the materials and subject matter. Teachers who complete lesson plans or journaling in the classroom also will receive a FREE classroom visit by Hawk Mountain with a live kestrel. Complimentary posters, books, maps, and copies of curricula and learning activities will be provided for all attendees. Educators will receive 5.5 hours. 

Teachers who participate also are invited during the summer months to join a scientist in the field to observe kestrel young being measured and banded, which will further boost continued use of the materials in later years.


Registration closed.

Project Wet


Friday, May 31
9 am - 3 pm
Location: Education Building
Cost: $30
5.5 Act 48 hours

This workshop will provide K-12 educators with lesson plans and activities that integrate water education into every school subject. Participants will receive all educational materials and lesson plans. Act 48 approved. 

Correlated to Common Core Standards and with correlations to Next Generation Science Standards underway, the Curriculum and Activity Guide 2.0 gives educators of children from kindergarten to twelfth grade the tools they need to integrate water education into every school subject. The guide also includes numerous extensions for using the activities in Pre-K environments.


Registration closed.

Pennsylvania Songbirds


Tuesday, May 31
9 am - 3 pm
Location: Education Building
Cost: $10
5.5 Act 48 hours

Designed for formal and nonformal K-12 teachers, this educator workshop begins with an 8 am beginner's bird walk followed by 9 am to 2 pm instruction on songbirds. Hands-on activities about birds, identification, and habitat will be covered.

Participants will receive curriculum book. Act 48 approved. Dress for indoors/outdoors and bring bag lunch. A complimentary light breakfast will be provided.


Registration closed.

NEW! Project Wild


Friday, June 14
9 am - 3 pm
Location: Education Building
Cost: $10
5.5 Act 48 hours

This workshop will provide K-12 educators with lesson plans and activities that focus on the ecology and conservation of bees, bats, reptiles, and monarch butterflies, as well as stewardship relating to changing life cycles, light pollution, and wildlife conservation.

Participants will receive all educational materials. Act 48 approved. Bring a packed lunch. Breakfast provided. 


Registration closed.

WILD About Bears


Thursday, June 20
9 am - 3 pm
Location: Education Building
Cost: $10
5.5 Act 48 hours

Wild about Bears Teacher Workshop is designed for K-12 grade educators and will focus on many aspects of black bear management in Pennsylvania. Participants will learn hands-on about where bears live, what they eat, how to identify bear sign, and how the PA Game Commission manages their populations. Participants will see how bears are live-trapped and if we are lucky we may have a live black bear to process and release.

Participants will receive educational materials and lesson plans to teach students about black bear management. Act 48 approved. Light breakfast provided.


Registration closed.

WILD About Raptors


Friday, July 12
9 am - 3 pm
Location: Education Building
Cost: $10
5.5 Act 48 hours

Designed for K-12 educators, this workshop will cover activities on adaptation, natural history, and conservation status of raptors. Live raptor program followed by time outdoors to build raptor watching and identification skills.

Participants will receive curriculum guide. Act 48 approved. Dress for the indoors and weather outside, and carry a day pack with bag lunch and bottled water. Complimentary light breakfast will be provided. 


Registration closed.

Ecological Profile of the Broad-winged Hawk


Friday, September 13
9 am - 3 pm
Location: Acopian Center for Conservation Learning
Cost: $30
5.5 Act 48 hours (pending)

Teacher workshop based on new curricula developed by Hawk Mountain, thanks to support from the Wild Resource Conservation Program.

This curriculum is designed for high school students and explores the movement ecology of broad-wing hawks and the ecological niches they inhabit on their 6200 mile round trip migration using Google Earth Pro. These birds were tagged by Sanctuary scientists and are being tracked by satellite telemetry.

Educators will also get natural history information from Director of Conservation Science Dr. Laurie Goodrich and Research Associate Rebecca McCabe.

This interdisciplinary curriculum connects ecology with geography and mathematics and promotes STEM in the classroom. Aligned with PDE and NGS standards. Act 48 pending. Participants will receive all educational materials and lesson plans. Breakfast provided. 


Registration Closed.

Movement Ecology of the Black Vulture


Monday, October 14
9 am - 3 pm
Location: Acopian Center for Conservation Learning
Cost: $30
5.5 Act 48 hours (pending)

This curriculum is designed for middle level students and explores the movement patterns of the non-migratory back vulture using Google Earth and “R” visualization software. These birds were tagged by Sanctuary scientists and are being tracked by satellite telemetry.

This interdisciplinary curriculum allows students to make data-based inferences about the black vulture’s life history and includes extensions that incorporate reading and creative writing. Participants will also receive natural history info from a Research Biologist!

Aligned with PDE and NGS standards and promotes STEM in the classroom. Act 48 Pending. Price includes Act 48 hour processing, breakfast, and educational materials.


Registration Closed.