Visitor Guides


Make the most of your field-trip to Hawk Mountain and start your day with a program by one of our Educators. Introductions and Guided Group programs are available throughout the year.  Groups are scheduled on a first come, first served basis. Scheduling 6-8 weeks in advance is recommended during peak seasons (April-May and September-November).

Chaperones: We recommend 1 chaperone per 5 students to accompany all groups.

To Schedule: Call 610-756-6961

Raptors Over the Ridge Introduction

Time: Weekdays; 30-40 minutes

Cost: $75, plus student and adult trail fees

Limit: 75 students, groups larger than 75 meet in Amphitheater & Outdoor Classroom

Your group will receive an overview of the Sanctuary by an Educator or trained volunteer. Discussion will include natural history, raptor identification, migration information and Sanctuary guidelines. Then, you're off to explore the Sanctuary on your own!

Raptors Over the Ridge Introduction plus Lookout Interpretation

Time: Weekdays; 1 hour

Cost: $125, plus student and adult trail fees

Limit: 75 students

Includes an overview of the Sanctuary, natural history, raptor identification, migration information PLUS a guided walk to South Lookout and flight interpretation and review of local landmarks. Then, you continue exploring the Sanctuary on your own.

Raptors Over the Ridge Introduction plus Raptor Presentation

Time: Weekdays; 45 minutes

Cost: $175, plus student and adult trail fees

Limit: 75 students, group larger than 75 meets in Amphitheater & Outdoor Classroom

In addition to learning about natural history, raptor identification, migration information and Sanctuary guidelines, your groups will spend time getting an up-close and personal look at one of our educational raptors.

Mountain Discovery Guided Hike

Time: Weekdays; 3-4 hours

Cost: $250, plus student and adult trail fees. 

Limit: 60 students per group pending Instructor availability

This program begins with a 45 minute introduction to raptors, migration and Sanctuary history and then a live raptor presentation.  Explore Appalachian flora and fauna as your group hikes to one of the Sanctuary's Lookouts where students will learn more about the amazing Kittatinny Ridge and local viewshed.

Students are highly recommended to bring a day pack if they wish to carry food, water or a camera to aid with hands-free hiking.

Acorn Adventure

Time: Weekdays; 2 hours

Cost: $150

Limit: Kindergarten to 2nd grade. Group size is a minimum of 10 and maximum of 20 students.

Students spend approximately 30 minutes learning about the Appalachian forest and are introduced to a live raptor.  Then, students head outside to explore the forest and learn more about nature.  Topics discussed include layers of the forest, looking at leaves and using the senses.  Teachers are encouraged to bring along a snack for students.

Trail Fees for Educator Guided Groups:

$3.00 FLAT FEE for each student

ALL school staff: teachers, nurses, aides etc are FREE

1 parent or adult per 10 students is free, $3 for all additional adults

Self-Guided Groups

You may choose to lead your own group without the help of sanctuary Educators. Please review our Guiding Your Own Group Guide before your visit for registration procedures and pointers on preparing for your trip.

Call the Mountain Bookstore at 610-756-6961 to register your group. 

Trail fees:

$10 Adults (ages 13 and older)
$7 Seniors (ages 65+)
$5 Children ages 6-12
FREE ADMISSION for members and children ages 5 and Under

Can't make it to the Mountain?

Off-site Program without Live Bird

Time: 30-40 min
Cost: $100

Off-site Program WITH Live Bird

Time: 30-40 min
Cost: $175 + $.31 per mile gas charge OVER one hour driving distance


Raptor Trunks & Distance Education

Consider checking out our new Distance Education programs, where we bring the program to you via Skype for FREE! Click here to learn more