Hundreds celebrate new Education Building

Irma Broun-Kahn Building dedicated on July 13

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    President Jerry Regan prepares to address the crowd for the public dedication.

  • Sign

    Building named to honor Irma Broun, our first volunteer, courtesy of the foundation created by her estate, the Irma Penniman Kahn Conservation Education Foundation.

  • Guests

    Guests enjoyed live raptors, up close

  • Dave Argall
    Dave Argall

    State Senator David Argall presented a citation to honor the Sanctuary for providing this resource to connect more people with the outdoors.

  • Legislators

    State Representative Jerry Knowles, President of the Berks County Commissioners Christian Leinbach, president Jerry Regan and State Senator David Argall at the Friday evening preview.

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    jack hubley

    Jack Hubley wows the crowd during opening day programs.

  • Jack

    Jack shared information on snakes of Pennsylvania

  • Charlie Gant
    Charlie Gant

    "Broadwing Charlie" Gant chats with Dr. Dan Klem, Jr.

  • Stone

    An engraved boulder bears the quote from Hawks Aloft that calls Hawk Mountain a "School in the Clouds."

  • Edge family
    Edge family

    Representing our founder were grandchildren Charles Nightingale (left), Deborah Edge and Stephen Edge with Rosalie Edge biographer Dyana Furmansky (between Deb and Stephen)

  • New observation deck
    New observation deck

    A new observation deck overlooks the facility and offers a great spot to practicing spoting hawks that move along the ridge.

  • trail

    A connector trail leads from the school bus turnaround to the building.

  • Ernest and Jerry
    Ernest and Jerry

    Ernest Elledge representing the estate of Irma Broun with president Jerry Regan.

  • tent

    A tent provided shade and a gathering area for guests during opening day celebrations.

  • donor books
    donor books

    Donors to the project were recognized with bound books bearing the donor name along the spine

  • foyer

    A covered entry and open foyer area with recognition wall, designed as a bookcase

  • Visitors

    Visitors test the connector trail

  • Cabelas

    Our friends Harold and Ron from Cabela's were on hand to allow our visitors to test-drive optics. Cabela's also has generously provided optics for use by school students!!

  • Mark Leeson
    Mark Leeson

    Volunteer Mark Leeson shares tips on identifying the ferns found in and around the Education Building

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    ribbon cutting

    It's official! Ernest Elledge makes the cut with the grandchildren of our founder Mrs. Edge looking on, and president Jerry Regan to the right.

  • Gallagher

    Susan Gallagher packed the Visitor Center with her bats program

  • Dan Klem
    Dan Klem

    Our friend and mentor on birds and glass strikes, Dr. Dan Klem, Jr, in front of our Education Building with bird-friendly window film.

  • Leinbach and goodrich
    Leinbach and goodrich

    Berks Commissioner Christian Leinbach with Senior Biologist Laurie Goodrich

  • Christian Leinbach
    Christian Leinbach

    Berks Commissioner Christian Leinbach presented Hawk Mountain with a proclamation announcing July 13 as Irma Broun Kahn Day!

  • Pat

    Porcupine Pat McKinney leads a Wee Ones (and Big Ones!) walk

  • Enthusiastic young people
    Enthusiastic young people

    We love to see enthusiastic young people spending time outdoors!

  • Full house
    Full house

    The Education Building was standing room only for Jack Hubley's snake program

  • Young naturalists
    Young naturalists

    It was great to see young people get outside!

  • Ernest Elledge cuts ribbon
    Ernest Elledge cuts ribbon

    Ernest Elledge cuts the ribbon while the grandchildren of our founder Rosalie Edge look on

Present Jerry Regan opens the dedication.

Our historic "Common Room" has been transformed!

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Irma Broun-Kahn Building dedicated on July 13
Visitors outnumbered the birds during the grand re-opening of our newly expanded and renovated Common Room, dedicated on Saturday, July 13 as the Irma Broun-Kahn Education Building.

The day was marked by a variety of free education programs that included live wildlife presentations, interpretive walks, a mock field trip, natural history and conservation talks, and a hike to the North Lookout. Berks County Commissioner Christian Leinbach, DCNR Deputy Secretary Cindy Dunn and Ernest Elledge, representing the estate of Irma Broun, joined President Jerry Regan for a public dedication.

Christian Leinbach presented a proclamation by The County of Berks to dedicate July 13 as Irma Broun-Kahn Day.

Also on hand Friday evening were State Represenative Jerry Knowles, State Senator David Argall, major donors to the project, members of the board of directors and staff, and contributing individuals and businesses. During the Friday evening preview, Senator Argall presented a citation heralding the Sanctuary's investment in the community.

The Grand Re-Opening culminated a two-year-long capital campaign that raised $1 million to expand an outdoor patio area, create full ADA accessibility, install high speed Internet and an interactive “Smart Board” for school groups, install a safe school bus turn-around and connector trail, and to outfit the building for both environmental education programming and corporate meetings and retreats.

“We couldn’t be more proud to reinvest in outdoor education, and to present to our community and supporters this beautiful facility,” says Hawk Mountain president Jerry Regan.

“Not only does the building embrace our history and re-use the original structure from the 1950s, but it also now provides us with modern technology, a great space to host a broader range of programs, and will be perfect for corporate meetings and retreats during our downtime,” he adds.