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Capital Campaign

Improving our School in the Clouds

Making our "School in the Cloud" even better

The capital campaign allows the Sanctuary to improve its facilities, engage new donors, promote growth, and to improve visitor services. Since 2010, Hawk Mountain has completed two capital projects: the expansion, upgrade, and reopening of the Irma Broun-Kahn Education Building, and the construction and opening of the first Accessible Trail in Hawk Mountain history.

Ongoing campaigns include
The Outdoor Amphitheater
Increase sustainability. Improve visitor services. Expand public programs.
The Pennsylvania Game Commission provided a lead gift to complete planning and produce architectural drawings to construct a true outdoor amphitheater, a more fitting space for the Sanctuary's world-class public education programs. Fundraising is still underway for this project which would create a proper and accessible amphitheater with improved seating, a covered stage, and strong focus on blending with the natural environment.

Accessible Walkway
Goals: Improve accessibility. Improve visitor services.
The accessible walkway is Part II of the Accessible Trail project, and would extend this pathway through the Native Plant Garden and link the Visitor Center, parking area, and outdoor amphitheater.

To learn more:
Contact Director of Development Mary Linkevich at 610-756-6000 x212

Progress and Rationale for Capital Giving

Jack Hubley presents a program on the snakes of Pennsylvania to a full room of visitors in the Education Building.

Invest in our assets
Hawk Mountain capital projects are designed to invest in the resources we already have. Work at the Common Room expanded and improved the first public facility on the Sanctuary, and so it also improved a rich part of Sanctuary history, blending the nostalgia of the original structure with modern updates and expanded space. New features included insulation that exceeds standards, ADA accessible entrance and expanded patio, safe school bus access, connector trail with observation deck, new optics for visiting students, education displays and teaching aides, and modern technology, including high speed internet and interactive Smart Board.

Meet the Mission
All work meets the Hawk Mountain mission: to conserve birds of prey worldwide by providing leadership in raptor conservation science and education, and by maintaining Hawk Mountain Sanctuary as a model observation, research, and education facility. The completed Education Building is key to helping the Sanctuary emerge as a global leader in raptor education.

Improve the Visitor Experience
Hawk Mountain is committed to serving its members, visitors and supporters . All plans are designed to improve their experience at the Sanctuary. The Education Building improves the experience for visiting groups, educators, and anyone touched by our education programs. It also now serves as headquarters for raptor education as well as a facility available for small meeting rental, and so has a future sustainability component.

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