March 29, 2014

Hawk Mountain and Schuylkill IU to offer Teacher Workshops

One-credit courses available for two-session workshops

Laurie Goodrich, Senior Monitoring Biologist

The Schuylkill Intermediate Unit is now accepting registration for a one-credit teacher workshop at Hawk Mountain Sanctuary on April 12 and May 17, or September 13 and October 18. Each two-session workshop runs from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on both days, costs $90 and is limited to 12 participants. Registration is required by March 28 at or by calling (570) 544-9131(570) 544-9131.

“I’m excited to co-host the teacher workshops at Hawk Mountain,” says Dr, Laurie Goodrich, a senior biologist at the Sanctuary and workshop co-leader.

“Exploring raptor migration science in the classroom is fun, and also helps students better understand basic biological concepts, including how to collect and use real-life data,” she adds.

Goodrich has served more than 25 years at Hawk Mountain and oversees the Sanctuary’s long-term migration monitoring programs and natural history database, and conducts independent research. She also has served as Interim Director of Education, so is intimately familiar with local teachers and their classroom needs.

The Teacher Workshops will provide educators with an in-depth study of raptor migration science as well as the opportunity to apply this knowledge to their science classes. Teachers will participate in hands-on experiences such as survey techniques and migration and roadside counts. In addition, teachers will also have a chance to compare their data to data collected by Hawk Mountain scientists.

 Schuylkill Intermediate Unit (IU) #29 is an educational service agency, one of 29 in Pennsylvania. Since 1972, Schuylkill IU has coordinated services for schools in the district. Their main services include vocational and special education.

For more information about Hawk Mountain’s education programs, visit

Celebrating 80 years in raptor conservation, Hawk Mountain Sanctuary is the world's first refuge for birds of prey and an international center for raptor conservation. The 2,500-acre Sanctuary, 8-mile trail system and Visitor Center is open to the public year-round. A trail fee or membership dues supports local to global conservation programs, including public education, professional training and scientific research programs.


Bear Creek