Hawk Mountain Sanctuary is hosting Wild About Winter, a full-day, family-oriented winter event Saturday, Jan. 15, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m, at the Hawk Mountain Visitor Center.
If the weather is too blustery, the majority of activities will be held in front of the fireplace, and are free of charge.
"Wild About Winter is our remedy to cabin fever," said Bookstore Manager Mary Therese Grob. "Hawk Mountain is a great place to spend time together and enjoy the outdoors – even if you still choose to spend most of your time indoors watching what visits the birdfeeders," she joked.
Visitors on this day may enjoy complimentary hot chocolate and shade-grown coffee, free trail admission for children ages 12 and under, a handcrafted jewelry exhibit by local artist Marilyn Pounder, and take home free information on winter birds and the winter woods.
The day will start at 11 a.m. with Create-a-Pinecone-Critter craft followed by a chance to see a live Red-tailed Hawk at noon to learn more about this common winter raptor. Snowflake Bingo begins at 12:45, and a guided Winter Woods Walk will depart at 1 p.m. The afternoon winds down with Make-a-Flake snowflake cutting or coloring at 1:30 p.m., and a final live hawk program at 2:15 p.m.
Those who wish to visit Hawk Mountain's scenic overlooks with younger children need not travel far. The closest lookout is just 300 yards from the Visitor Center. Hikers should dress for weather and wear sturdy shoes or boots. Information and tips on safe hiking is available at www.hawkmountain.org under "Visiting Us." Trails are not winter maintained, so avoid hiking in icy conditions or when trail conditions exceed your abilities.
There are trail fees for non-members. Members are always admitted free.
Hawk Mountain Sanctuary is located just three miles south of New Ringgold on Route 895, or 7 miles north of the I-78/Route 61 Cabela's intersection. Turn onto Hawk Mountain Road and follow to the Visitor Center parking lot at the top of the Mountain. For more information, call 610-756-6961 or visit www.hawkmountain.org.
Open year-round, Hawk Mountain Sanctuary is the world's first refuge for birds of prey and an international center for raptor conservation. Its eight miles of trails and half a dozen scenic overlooks are open to the public for a modest trail fee to support Hawk Mountain conservation science and education programs.