Visitor Guides


Visiting with a Scout Troop

Hawk Mountain Sanctuary is an affordable and nearby destination for visiting with your Girl Scout or Boy Scout Troop.  Whether you plan to explore the Sanctuary on your own or want to register for a paid program during the week, you will find plenty of resources to enrich your troop’s visit.


Tips for Visiting and Exploring the Sanctuary on Your Own

• Register your group in advance and you may qualify for a 20% discount on trail fees (minimum group size is 10).  Please call the visitor center at 610-756-6961.
• Visiting on a spring or autumn weekend?  Plan on attending our free Raptors Up Close program or Binocular Basics, Name That Raptor, or Trapping and Tracking programs offered by our International Trainees at the lookouts.  These are free with your paid trail fee.

• Plan on spending at least 3-4 hours at the Sanctuary.  This will allow you enough time to hike the trails, explore the Native Plant Garden, and check out the exhibits and store in the visitor center.  Allow additional time if you plan on attending a program.  Check our Events Calendar for a complete list of weekend programs.

• Each Scout should bring a daypack with binoculars, water, and lunch.  Sunscreen, insect repellant, and a soft cushion to sit on are recommended, as are hiking shoes or sneakers.

Group Compass Kits

Please inquire at the front desk (610-756-6961) about borrowing a compass kit backpack.  Identification will be held until the backpack is returned.

Backpacks include:

  • 30 compasses with lanyards
  • Elementary compass game designed to teach compass requirements
  • Intermediate compass game
  • Stakes, rope, measuring tape
  • Laminated topographic maps
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