Field Trips

Irma Broun-Kahn Education Building

School in the Clouds Capital Campaign: Phase I

The Common Room at its opening in 1954

Phase I: Celebrating Success!
Hundreds attend public dedication of newly expanded Education Building

Funding Opportunities are still Available:
Download the Pledge Form
Read the Case Statement
Learn about Special Features and Naming Opportunities

In July 2011 Hawk Mountain broke ground to improve and expand our historic Common Room, a building constructed in 1954 and used as the launching pad for guided field trips. On July 13, it reopened a truly world-class Education Building, named the Irma Broun-Kahn Education Building in honor of  first volunteer Irma Broun. The naming was provided by a lead gift from the Irma Penniman Kahn Conservation Education Foundation, created by her estate.

For a confidential discussion on how you can support capital projects:
Mary Linkevich, Director of Development
610-756-6000 x212 or [email protected]

Project Goals Met:

Ground-breaking July 2011

  • Create a global headquarters for raptor education
  • Provide full accessibility
  • Create safe school bus access
  • Expand outdoor learning spaces
  • Demonstrate use of bird-friendly windows
  • Take advantage of views
  • Provide modern technology
  • Maintain natural aesthetics and as much of the original building as possible
  • Follow practices set forth in the Hawk Mountain Land Management Plan

Service Learning in Action

  • Conservation Corps digs
    Conservation Corps digs

    Members of the Hawk Mountain Conservation Corps build a trail connecting school bus turn-around to the building

  • Service Learning
    Service Learning

    Youth make all the difference at Hawk Mountain! This team of young people moved mountains during summer 2012.

  • Great Wall of Common Room
    Great Wall of Common Room

    Service Learning volunteers clean newly-laid native Tuscarora sandstone boulders that make up an impressive retension wall ... the Great Wall of Hawk Mountain!

  • watering transplanting natives
    watering transplanting natives

    As guided by the Hawk Mountain Land Management Plan, volunteers from Outward Bound transplanted all native plants in ares that would be disturbed. Here, a volunteer waters a new transplant.

  • Stormwater runoff
    Stormwater runoff

    Members of the Hawk Mountain Conservation Corps (our self-committed team of service learning youth) install bioswales, dry rock beds and water diversions to effectively manage stormwater runoff

  • Troop 104
    Troop 104

    This project benefited from an 'all hands on deck' approach by local volunteers such as Krumsville Troop 104

Conservation-minded youth were key to completing landscaping work for this project. Youth volunteers built a new interpretive trail that connects the school bus turnaround to the building. We send a special THANK YOU to the Hawk Mountain Conservation Corps, Outward Bound and Krumsville Boy Scout Troop 104.

Caring Businesses: ATAS Corporation

Standing seam metal roof is virtually maintenance free

Gift: Standing seam metal roof
A metal roof topped the list during project planning but was removed to maintain budget. Thanks to the generosity of our friends at ATAS Corporation, Inc, this product was provided for the same cost as shingles, but will endure for decades to come. 

Caring Local Businesses: Kempton Excavating

  • Moving rock
    Moving rock

    The goal: build a retaining

  • operation
  • moving stone
    moving stone
  • inscription stone
    inscription stone
  • inscription stone put in
    inscription stone put in
  • deere
  • kempton

We now call it The Great Wall of Hawk Mountain ... the impressive retaining wall hand-crafted from native Tuscarora sandstone boulders. This work simply would not be possible without hours of help from JOHN MORIARTY and the generous donation of equipment from Kempton Excavating.

Other Community Supporters

Glen GearyPaver Upgrade
Stanley Bauman ContractingEquipment
Zawada EnterprisesLabor
Kempton ExcavatingLabor & Equipment
Plantique LandscapingLabor
Plasterer Equipment Co.Equipment
Service ElectricConsultating and Labor
Dark Mountain TechnologyConsultating
Youth Conservation CorpsLabor
Land & Facilties StaffInterior Labor
Land & Facilities StaffExterior Labor
Director of Land and FacilitiesProject Management
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