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Hawk Mountain Sanctuary

Big Bird, Little Bird Painting Workshop - Saturday Series

Kempton, PA
Join us in painting the American kestrel and the red-tailed hawk. This will be a 4-day series, spending two days on each bird.  Artists may want to work from a mounted bird but those of us artistically challenged will be h... read more

The Science of Canning: Jam with Us

Kempton, PA
This workshop will explain the scientific reasoning behind today's recommended methods for making and processing jam and jelly, while dispelling food preservation myths and unsafe practices of the past.

Wee Ones Walk

Kempton, PA
Designed for children ages 3 to 5, this program is a great way to get young people interested in spending more time outdoors. The group will join an educator for a children's story and nature activity followed by a short o... read more

Paper Flower Workshop

Kempton, PA
Paper Flowers are the hottest trend in event and home décor. Join Wendy McLean, founder of North Elm Designs, for a fun paper flower workshop where you will receive step-by-step instruction in creating your own giant paper... read more

Owl Prowl

Kempton, PA
Learn all about OWLS with one of our live, feathered owl educators. Then, embark on a short walk through the sanctuary to look and listen for our native owls.  We will cover mulitple vocalizations for each of the 4 species... read more

Partner Paint

Kempton, PA
Bring your parent, grandparent, child, aunt, uncle, cousin, friend - WHOMEVER to this wonderfully fun Hawk Mountain-themed partner paint. Spend the afternoon laughing, bonding, and having a blast creating a masterpiece tog... read more

Coffee Painting

Kempton, PA
Join artist, Dave Hughes, owner of Deer Trail Studio, for this unique class where you will be painting a Hawk Mountain-themed work of art-with coffee!  During your class you will also be learning about how your coffee cons... read more

Spring Wreath Making Workshop

Kempton, PA
In this introductory wreathing class you will learn how to prepare your wreath materials, how to assemble your wreath, how to layer materials within your wreath and the basics of wreath design!

Intro to Loom Weaving Workshop

Kempton, PA
Join us for a day full of weaving as we explore the basics of loom weaving on a rigid heddle loom with Lorraine Felker! Includes all materials needed to finish a wool cowl or scarf.

Wire Tree Workshop

Kempton, PA
Participants will use one hundred 18" steel wires to hand shape and twist into the form of a tree, then paint the wire tree and mount it in a granite base.

Feather Painting Workshop

Kempton, PA
Create your own work of art on one of nature's works of art!  Learn to paint a flower scene on a beautiful parrot feather, and even get to meet and greet with a live parrot.

Home Food Preservation: Wild Game

Kempton, PA
In recent years, there has been increasing interest in home food preservation. Canning, freezing, and drying are preservation methods that allow you to enjoy the fruits of your hunt all year long. While these methods of ho... read more

Alcohol Ink Workshop

Kempton, PA
This fun and easy class will highlight the vibrancy of alcohol inks and simple shapes that are interesting to the eye!  Each student will get two 6x6 tiles to work with. We will be learning both the diagonals and the dots.

Flow Art: Acrylic Pouring Workshop

Kempton, PA
Absolutely no artistic skill or experience is needed for this fun class experimenting with acrylic pouring techniques.

Bath Bomb Workshop

Kempton, PA
Learn how to make your own bath bombs! This class will guide you through the basics of making fizzy and fun bath bombs.  A variety of scents, colors, botanicals, and additives will be provided.

Adirondack Pack Basket Weaving Workshop

Kempton, PA
Hawk Mountain has teamed with The Country Seat and renowned basket maker Linda Scherz to bring an Adirondack Pack Basket making Class.  Adirondack Pack Baskets are part of the Hawk Mountain tradition and all of our Hawk Co... read more

Bagels & Birds - Member Exclusive

Kempton, PA
Members are invited to spend a serene morning at Hawk Mountain's feeders. Learn about what birds you might see at your own feeders and discover the seed best suited for them with Hawk Mountain's own Dr. Laurie Goodrich.

Gardening for Wildlife

Kempton, PA
Learn what is needed to attract birds, bees, butterflies and even bats to your backyard!

"Spring Cleaning" Essential oils Workshop

Kempton, PA
Come learn about the power of Thieves. It is not only natural, but it is powerful, versatile and cost effective too. We will be looking at ways to use natural cleaners, as well as recipes to make them. Let's keep the toxin... read more

Spring Paint & Sip

Kempton, PA
Come “wine-down” with us at Hawk Mountain for a step-by-step paint and sip night! You will be painting a nature-themed masterpiece with the instruction of Heather Butler.

The Science of Savory Salsa: Tomato Time

Kempton, PA
This workshop will explain the scientific reasoning behind today’s recommended methods for making and processing tomatoes and salsa while dispelling food preservation myths and unsafe practices of the past.

Raptor Egg Hunt

Kempton, PA
Celebrate with this fun and interactive egg hunt through the Hawk Mountain forest! The event starts off with an educational lesson on raptor eggs, followed by a hunt for wooden eggs hidden throughout the forest. All eggs a... read more

Nature Explorers Spring Camp

Kempton, PA
Spend your Spring Break soaking up fun and adventure on the Mountain! Connect with nature as we explore the Sanctuary. Hiking, animal encounters, arts and crafts, music, science, and more! Designed for grades 1 – 6.

Spring Snapshots

Kempton, PA
Attend a photography lesson followed by a guided photo walk with Sanctuary Steward and professional photographer Noah Rauch. Learn compositional guidelines and gain tips for capturing images in the outdoors!

The Rhythms of Nature

Kempton, PA
This lively workshop will get you moving, making music, and celebrating!

Frog Pond Frolic

Kempton, PA
Join us for this hands-on program that features read-aloud story time, singing, and movement. We'll even create our own "frog pond" environment as the children play handheld frog-shaped musical instruments. Meet a live fro... read more

Horseshoe Crabs: Keystone to Shorebird Migration and Survival

Kempton, PA
Although they are the most intensively studied marine invertebrate, scientists are discovering new things about horseshoe crabs all the time. Saving people’s lives every day, they are an important marine resource that has ... read more

You Can Compost!

Kempton, PA
Play 'Mother Nature' by learning her tricks for turning waste materials like kitchen scraps and fallen leaves into a valuable soil amendment - compost! A master gardener volunteer from Penn State Extension, Berks County, w... read more

Sings of Spring Walk - Member Exclusive

Kempton, PA
Join President Sean Grace and a biologist for a guided walk in search of returning songbird migrants and other signs of spring.

Birding & Waterfalls Weekend Adventure: Trip to Cornell

Hamburg, PA
7:00am Saturday - 9:30pm Sunday, Meet at Cabela’s in HamburgCost: $365 for shared room $480 for single room; Cost does not include lunches and dinners

Rain Barrel Workshop

Kempton, PA
Interested in collecting rain to water your garden? Penn State Extension Master Watershed Stewards will guide you through the process of constructing your own, fully functioning rain barrel.

Warbler Weekend Walks

Kempton, PA
Pick a day (or more!) to take a morning walk with a Hawk Mountain naturalist in pursuit of wood warblers and other elusive migrants in the forests at Pine Swamp or Leaser Lake.

Track Detectives

Kempton, PA
Wild animals are all around us, even if we don’t always see them. Become a Track Detective, as we investigate the clues that animals leave behind. Learn how to identify various animal tracks and collect data from special t... read more

Rachel Carson: Inspiration, Legacy, and Challenge

Kempton, PA
In this 50th anniversary year of the National Environmental Protection Act, we remember Rachel Carson: the woman who penned the landmark Silent Spring and testified before the US Congress, alerting us to unintended consequ... read more

Cinco de Mayo on the Mountain - Member Exclusive

Kempton, PA
Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with Mexican-themed food and drinks, and learn about Hawk Mountain’s important conservation work in Mexico, an area that sees a multi-million-raptor migration annually.

World Migratory Bird Day Walk

Kempton, PA
World Migratory Bird Day is held annually to raise awareness of the need to protect migratory birds and their habitats. Celebrate and learn more about migratory birds across the world with crafts, games, feeder interpretat... read more

Boy Scout Day: Into the Wild and Into the Woods

Kempton, PA
Welcome Scouts! Earn two Elective Adventures during an adventurous day at Hawk Mountain. Learn about native animals and plants, food webs, and ecosystems while exploring the sanctuary and observing wildlife. This elective ... read more

Wonders of Wildflowers

Kempton, PA
Join Dr. Chris Sacchi, biology professor at Kutztown University, on a casual walk in which you'll learn about identification and ecology of common Pennsylvania wildflowers and woody plants. On this stroll you'll also learn... read more

Billy the Bee and the Mystery of the Vanishing Hives

Kempton, PA
Join us for the return of Hawk Mountain's Puppet Show Theater, and learn about honeybee conservation with "Billy the Bee and the Mystery of the Vanishing Hives!"Meet a local beekeeper, see a live contained demo hive, and c... read more

All About Bats

Kempton, PA
Get the chance to meet a LIVE bat and to learn why bats are important, how we can help protect them, and how they are vital to the health of our environment.Witness the release of rehabilitated bats back into the wild at H... read more

American Red Cross First Aid Course - Member Exclusive

Kempton, PA
Empower yourself with the knowledge to save lives and become certified by the American Red Cross at Hawk Mountain. This interactive course incorporates the latest science and teaches students to recognize and care for a va... read more

Kestrel Cravings

Kempton, PA
Let kestrels capture your imagination! Learn all about the smallest fierce falcon from our Hawk Mountain scientist leading research with the Kestrel Nest Box Program. Dissect kestrel pellets to investigate their diet and v... read more

Nature Writing: A Mindfulness Approach

Kempton, PA
Unwind and immerse yourself in nature. Join us at the Mountain for an afternoon of creativity, to practice writing and mindfulness techniques to open the senses to the healing properties of the forest and its trees. Self-p... read more

Introduction to Hammock Camping

Kempton, PA
Learn how to hammock camp--everything from the essential equipment to how to set up your own camp.  Hammock Curious? Let us help you get off the ground and into a comfy, warm, dry night’s sleep among the trees.

Salamander Search

Kempton, PA
Salamanders and other amphibians start stirring in the spring after their winter slumber. The lives of salamanders are secretive and relatively unknown. This program will introduce some facts about salamanders before the g... read more

Overnight Hammock Camping Experience

Kempton, PA
Get off the ground, it’s better up here! As a follow-up to the Intro to Hammock Camping workshop, Journeyman Products is proud to offer an overnight experience using a Journeyman Hammock Camp.

Brownie Girl Scout Day: New Trail Adventure, Bug, and Sensory Badges

Kempton, PA
Brownies are invited to fulfill requirements for the New Trail Adventure Badge, Bug Badge, and Sensory Badge during a day of outdoor fun on the trails and interactive games.

Summer Wellness Walk

Kempton, PA
Welcome summer and join us for a leisurely paced walk with a certified Forest Therapy Guide. During the walk we will be experiencing and learning about the health and wellness benefits of spending time in the natural world.

Sensory Safari

Kempton, PA
Embark on a sensory adventure as we learn how animals rely on different senses to survive. Experience the Sanctuary on a new level by looking, listening, feeling, smelling, and even tasting the wild world around us.

Junior Girl Scout Day: Animal Habitats & Outdoor Art Explorer

Kempton, PA
Junior Girl Scouts are invited to fulfill requirements for the Animal Habitats Badge, and Outdoor Art Explorer Badge during a day of nature exploration and creativity throughout the scenic Sanctuary.

Bird Walk with the President - Member Exclusive

Orwigsburg, PA
Enjoy searching and listening for birds during this unique opportunity to hike on Sanctuary property not open to the public, located near the Acopian Center for Conservation Learning. Walk will be led by Sanctuary Presiden... read more

Brunch with the Birds - Member Exclusive

Orwigsburg, PA
Take in the inspirational views of Hawk Mountain from the Acopian Center and enjoy a gourmet brunch, followed by a guided walk through the meadows and/or tours of the research center and scientist’s residence.

Fern Foray

Kempton, PA
Explore the fresh primal world of ferns and uncover their historic ties to Hawk Mountain. Also learn all about these beautiful and ancient plants with an interactive guided tour throughout the Native Plant Garden and surro... read more

Ancient Stories

Kempton, PA
We will discover legends, stories, and myths from various cultures as we explore topics and natural themes. Stories are a jumping-off point for exploration. Activities and crafts will reinforce our newly gained knowledge.

Boy Scout Day: Bird Study Merit Badge

Kempton, PA
Earn all but one requirement of the Bird Study merit badge at the world’s first Sanctuary for birds of prey! Where better to earn this merit badge?

Kestrel Nestbox Research Tour - Member Exclusive

Orwigsburg, PA
Join a Sanctuary scientist and visit some of nestboxes that make up the Sanctuary’s long-term research on the breeding success of our smallest and most colorful falcon, the American kestrel. A unique chance to learn about ... read more

Youth Workshop: Mountain Music Makers

Kempton, PA
This workshop will ignite your child's creative expression and appreciation of nature through music. Students will play various percussion instruments and make their own drum out of recycled materials, along with nature hi... read more

Support Your Local Pollinator

Kempton, PA
Native pollinators, such as native bees and butterflies, are being lost in large numbers. Learn what some of our pollinators are and what you can do to help these very important creatures survive threats such as climate ch... read more

Telemetry Scavenger Hunt

Orwigsburg, PA
Step into the shoes of a field scientist and learn how to track the movements of raptors!

Outdoor Nature Sketching

Kempton, PA
Immerse yourself in the natural beauty of Hawk Mountain while learning the fundamentals of nature sketching with local wildlife artist and raptor enthusiast Dave Hughes. Program will begin with a live raptor encounter!

Wild Wisdom Summer Camp

Kempton, PA
We will introduce natural history through the retelling of legends, stories, and myths from the Hawk Mountain region to cultures from around the world. These stories will guide our outdoor explorations of the sanctuary and... read more

Outdoor Amphitheater Grand Opening

Kempton, PA
Come and celebrate the grand opening of Hawk Mountain’s newly updated and expanded amphitheater! Enjoy live music, drinks, and presentations by staff about why this enhanced and accessible space is a vital improvement to t... read more

River of Rocks Ramble

Kempton, PA
Explore an Ice Age boulder field! Discover geology, geography and Appalachian flora and fauna while hiking to the River of Rocks boulder field. Learn why rocks ROCK! Explore these relics of the Ice Age climate for evidence... read more

Youth Workshop: Animal Kingdom

Kempton, PA
This workshop is packed with LIVE animal encounters, as students discover the unique characteristics and adaptations that diversify the Animal Kingdom with nature hikes, games, and hands-on educational activities

The Red, White, and Blue of Nature

Kempton, PA
Celebrate Independence Day with the red, white, and blue of nature! Colorful creatures and plants abound in the natural world. Discover the significance of wild colors while searching the sanctuary for super shades. Create... read more

Appalachian Adventure Summer Camp

Kempton, PA
Explore the awesome Appalachian forest, learning all about the plants and animals that call it home. Loaded with fun and interactive activities including hiking, stream study, animal encounters, raptors up close, owl pelle... read more

Holiday Wreath Workshop

Kempton, PA
Join us at Hawk Mountain for our holiday wreath class! Get in the holiday spirit learning how to assemble, layer, and decorate your very own wreath.

Soap and Lip Balm Workshop

Kempton, PA
Come and learn how to make your own handmade soap and lip balm! Each participant will take home a share of the finished products, a soap making booklet, and their choice of two bars of soap from Lori Jo’s inventory.

Christmas Wire Tree Workshop

Kempton, PA
Create this seasonal decor with one hundred 18" steel wires that will be hand-shaped and twisted into the form of a beautiful Christmas tree! You will then paint your wire tree and mount it in a granite base.
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Past Events

Essential Oils Workshop

Essential Oils Workshop

Kempton, PA
Self-care is so important to your overall health. You have probably heard the saying before 'you can't pour from an empty cup.' Come fill your cup with knowledge and some self-care at an essential oils spa day. We will be talking about using oils for self-care, making some DIY items, and enjoying...
Saturday, January 25 2020 1:30 PM 3:30 PM

Winter Paint & Sip

Winter Paint & Sip

Kempton, PA
Join us for a step-by-step paint and sip party!  All supplies are included for this 11x14 painting. All ages and abilities are welcome. Participants may enjoy wine or other non-alcoholic refreshments.  If you plan to enjoy the alcoholic refreshments, you MUST bring a valid ID. No exceptions.  ...
Friday, January 17 2020 6:00 PM 8:00 PM

Wilderness First Responder Course

Wilderness First Responder Course

Kempton, PA
SOLO's Wilderness First Responder (WFR) is the recognized industry standard and the perfect course for anyone working in a position of outdoor leadership or who wants a high level of wilderness medical training. This 8 day course is a comprehensive and in-depth look at the standards and skills de...
Sat, Jan 4 2020 8:00 AM Sat, Jan 11 2020 5:00 PM

American Red Cross First Aid/CPR/AED Course - Member Exclusive

American Red Cross First Aid/CPR/AED Course - Member Exclusive

Kempton, PA
Empower yourself with the knowledge to save lives and become certified by the American Red Cross at Hawk Mountain. This interactive course incorporates the latest science and teaches students to recognize and care for a variety of first aid, breathing, and cardiac arrest emergencies. Certificati...
Sun, May 19 2019 9:00 AM Sun, Dec 22 2019 4:00 PM

Family Fun in Nature - Winter Holiday Crafts

Family Fun in Nature - Winter Holiday Crafts

Kempton, PA
Enjoy nature on the Mountain with the entire family in this new interactive, monthly series! This month features a short guided walk through the beautiful winter forest, followed by holiday nature crafts and hot cocoa to celebrate the season. Also get to meet a live bird!  $15 Members, $20 Non-...
Saturday, December 21 2019 1:00 PM 3:00 PM

Homeschool Happenings

Homeschool Happenings

Kempton, PA
Homeschooled students are invited to join us on the Mountain monthly for experiential learning! Topics will focus on phenology of the Appalachian forest ecosystem. Programs are designed for K-12  students and are filled with hands-on learning activities both inside and outdoors. $15 Members, $2...
Wed, Jan 23 2019 10:00 AM Wed, Dec 18 2019 12:00 PM

Gourd Pyrography Workshop

Gourd Pyrography Workshop

Kempton, PA
Join Jenn Avery of JRA Gourd Art this unique gourd project!  Pyrography is the art of drawing with heat- literally "fire writing" and dried gourds have a perfect surface for it.  Not only will you learn the fundamentals of pyrography, but you will go home with your own gourd vessel, and a pyrogra...
Sunday, December 15 2019 1:00 PM 5:00 PM

Christmas Bird Count for Kids

Christmas Bird Count for Kids

Kempton, PA
Geared for ages 8-12, this CBC4Kids event combines learning about birds with bird identification, citizen science, and having fun! Youth will be divided into small groups for binocular basics and birding basics boot camps. Outfitted with binoculars and a short local winter bird list and field gu...
Sunday, December 8 2019 10:00 AM 12:00 PM

Wee Ones Walk

Wee Ones Walk

Kempton, PA
Designed for children aged 3 to 5, this program is a great way to get young people interested in spending more time outdoors. The group will join an educator for a children's story and nature activity followed by a short outdoor hike and culminating craft. Each month's program will introduce a ne...
Wed, Jan 9 2019 10:00 AM Wed, Dec 4 2019 11:30 AM

Opt Outside Hike

Opt Outside Hike

Kempton, PA
This year, Hawk Mountain is joining the movement for people to reconnect outdoors over the holidays. Instead of venturing to the malls or the internet for deals, #OptOutside and enjoy the PA autumn outdoors with your loved ones.  We are offering a guided hike of our River of Rocks trail, which i...
Friday, November 29 2019 10:00 AM 2:00 PM
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