Our Education

Education at Hawk Ridge Nature Reserve takes many forms, whether it is non-formal count interpretation or one of our many public and private programs that take place at our outdoor lecture area at the Hawk Ridge Nature Reserve overlook. Some programs include a demonstration with a live bird (a raptor or a songbird), if available. Our programs are given by trained educators according to students’ development and abilities.

During fall migration season, September 1-October 31, naturalists are stationed at Hawk Ridge Nature Reserve’s overlook to answer your questions and give public programs and bird demonstrations. Our naturalists will help you spot migrating raptors and songbirds and teach you about the research done on bird migration by Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory. While at the overlook, ask a naturalist about using a pair of binoculars. We have pairs of binoculars available for public use, to help you enjoy your stay.

We also provide various public programs on most weekends and owl programs from late September through October. Public programs cover a wide range of topics from beginning raptor ID, northern goshawks, dragonflies and American kestrels, and Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory history.

Hawk Ridge Nature Reserve also has environmental education programs for school groups ranging from Kindergarten through College students. For more information on these programs, follow the links under the Education Programs tab.