Appalachian Ecology Course

Appalachian Ecology Course participants engaging in watershed education

Full and Partial Scholarships available, see below.

Hawk Mountain is offering a 10-day, immersive course experiencing and learning about the ecology of the Appalachians. Designed for teens ages 15 to 17 who are interested in a future as a conservation professional, this course is based on the principles of service learning and will expose students to a variety of conservation field skills.

The course will cover a wide variety of disciplines including raptor and songbird field research, forest ecology, habitat management, GIS/GPS, herpetology, entomology, native plant propagation, and more, along with a focus on building valuable life skills. This is a residential course, where all participants will camp on site for the full duration.

Click here to check out the blog post and series of vlogs from the inaugural course!

Hawk Mountain seeks to have the course filled by end of May. Applicant review will be initiated immediately but interviews for selection will not be conducted until after April 18, 2024. With this being the process, it is advantageous to apply early.  

Download the document below for details on course topics, expectations, and details on how to apply. Apply for scholarship opportunities by clicking here and filling out the form. There is also an opportunity through the Kid for the Wild Scholarship; click here for more info and to apply.

Contact Sanctuary Stewards Noah Rauch and Steve Wade at [email protected] and [email protected] with any questions. 

Appalachian Ecology Course 2024 Details