April 19, 2014

Hawk Mountain announces summer event schedule

Winter in the Appalachians has been rigorous, to say the least, but Hawk Mountain Sanctuary offers relief from long, cold days with its release of upcoming summertime events, including the Hawk Mountain Arts Tour & Sale, the Hawk Mountain Hill Climb 5K, and a summer lecture on the Insect Galls of Eastern Pa. For the complete 2014 calendar of events, visit

The summer program schedule is as follows:

Wednesday Walk, June 4 at 9:30 a.m. The third of a monthly series, join a sanctuary educator for a guided natural history walk, or join in the first Wednesday of the month through August. A trail fee applies for non-members, and participants meet at the Visitor Center. 

Hawk Mountain Adult University, June 5—June 7. The perfect opportunity for the avid Hawk Mountain birder, spend these exciting days mingling with Sanctuary scientists, exploring a day in the field, and overnighting at the scientists' residence. Program includes a Thursday evening wine and cheese mixer with international trainees and staff, an overview of the conservation science program, and a late dinner with the President and professional scientists. On Friday morning, a simple buffet breakfast is followed by a kestrel banding excursion, and an afternoon raptor road survey will take place after lunch in the field. Enjoy downtime and an informal evening buffet before departure, or select an optional Friday overnight to depart Saturday morning, or enjoy the Hawk Mountain Arts Tour & Sale. $500 includes overnight accommodations at Acopian Center and meals, and all proceeds benefit Hawk Mountain Conservation Programs. This program is limited to 8 participants and registration is required: 610-756-6961610-756-6961.

Hawk Mountain Arts & Tour Sale, June 7 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visit more than a dozen artist studios and shops along the beautiful rural countryside of Albany Township in this self-guided driving tour of the arts. View and shop for paintings, jewelry, stained glass, sculpture, carvings, pottery and more. Chainsaw carver and black smith Todd Gladfelter will also display and demonstrate at the Visitor Center. Other artists can be found using a map at This event is free.

 Wee Ones Walk, June 12 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Introduce your little one to nature and meet an educator in the Visitor Center for age-appropriate activities such as story time, short outdoor hikes, and/or crafts geared towards children 4-6. Children must be accompanied by an adult, and be sure to dress for the weather! Program is limited to 15 participants and registration is required: 610-756-6961610-756-6961. The cost is $5 for non-members and free for members. 

Women on the Edge, June 12—June 13 at 1 p.m. Follow in the footsteps of past Hawk Mountain women conservationists and bond with like-minded women adventurists during an overnight devoted to women. Meet at the Education Building and spend the afternoon exploring off the beaten track, discovering hidden treasures, and later camping at the Adirondack shelters. Cost of $80 includes a campfire dinner, fireside breakfast, morning bird excursion and mingling at historic Schaumboch’s Tavern, all followed by a late-morning field experience with a Sanctuary biologist. Limited to women ages 21 and up and registration is required: 610-756-6961610-756-6961 

Summer Lecture: Insect Galls of Eastern Pa, June 14 at 1 p.m. Join Kutztown University's Dr. Carol Mapes in the Education Building as she provides insight and knowledge about common insect galls found in our Appalachian forests. This exciting lecture is appropriate for learners age 12 and up, and is limited to 20 participants. Be sure to dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes for outdoor field component. Registration is required: 610-756-6961610-756-6961. The cost is $5 for members and $10 for non-members.

 Hawk Mountain Hill Climb 5K, June 14 at 8 a.m. Enjoy a great day outdoors, raise funds for Hawk Mountain and exercise, all while viewing the scenic overlooks and protected land of the Mountain! Held rain or shine, race in a challenging, uphill 5K, or opt for a leisurely hike on the Lookout Trail that loops back on the Express Trail. The first 200 to sign up receive a Hill Climb tee, breakfast before the race, lunch following the race, and a goodie bag. Registration is at 8 a.m. and the start of the race is at 10 a.m. The cost to register is $25 before May 31 or $30 after May 31: 610-756-6961610-756-6961.

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. Visit to learn more. 

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