Service Learning

Hawk Mountain Trail Stewards

The Hawk Mountain Trail Stewards is a special program spearheaded by the Land and Facilities Department in conjunction with our world-class environmental educators. Here's how it works:

  • High-school-aged members MUST commit to one year of service.
  • Corps members receiving training in safety, land management and many other aspects of operating the Sanctuary. 
  • Corps members interact and learn from Sanctuary scientists, interns and educators during exclusive opportunities
  • Parents/Guardians are an important component, and corps members, staff and parents/guardians enjoy a group gathering at least twice per year
  • Corps members also receive chance to participate in fun but challenging outdoor activities. For example, in 2011, the group paddled around the Everglades, and in 2012 and 2018, completed a packrafting route via the Little Sckuylkill.

Learn more:
Todd Bauman, Director of Land and Facilities
610-756-6961 or [email protected]

What is Service Learning?

Service learning combines experiential education with meaningful community service. At Hawk Mountain, all activities include instruction, action and reflection. The combination is used to:

  • Enrich the learning experience
  • Teach civic responsibility
  • Encourage life-long civic engagement
  • Strengthen communities for the common good

What do corps members learn at Hawk Mountain?

  • Land management and stewardship
  • Proper use of trail building tools and equipment
  • Radio telemetry techniques
  • Raptor identification
  • Wilderness survival
  • Wilderness first aid
  • Navigation and GPS mapping
  • Scientific monitoring techniques
  • And more!

See the corps in action:
Moving boulders on Skyline Trail Pt 1
HM Conservation Corps moving boulders on Skyline Trail Pt 2
Skyline Trail Legacy
Collaboration with Americorps National Civilian Corps, work on Golden Eagle Trail
Autumn work on the Express Trail
National Trail Day collaboration with REI Co-op

Helping in all aspects

  • Showing how telemetry receivers work
    Showing how telemetry receivers work
  • Mentoring younger learners
    Mentoring younger learners
  • Greeting and directing visitors
    Greeting and directing visitors

Trail Stewards are infused into all aspects of Hawk Mountain Sanctuary. They help carry out education programs for younger students and assist in all aspects of visitor services. 

Wildland and Wilderness Travel Skills

  • Practicing paddling skills
    Practicing paddling skills
  • Trekking the Kitatinny Ridge
    Trekking the Kitatinny Ridge
  • Exploring the tow path
    Exploring the tow path

A strong focus of the Trail Stewards is to learn wildland and wilderness travel skills.  These skills are essential for the conservation professional to work in remote, adverse conditions that can be a part of the natural world. 

We thank our generous sponsors

Conservation Corps Sponsors:
Lead Corporate Sponsorship from Baldrige Asset Managment
Grant from the Sandy Hollow Arts and Recreation for the Environment (S.H.A.R.E.)
Grant from Infinera Corp.
Logistic and financial support from Tony Zawada
Numerous gifts from individual donors
In-kind contributions of time and expertise to share skills and knowledge