Hawk Circle Wilderness Education NY

Hawk Circle


A place where you can learn about yourself, about the magic and wonders of our beautiful earth, and the power of community. You just need a thirst for adventure and a willingness to try new things. You might even uncover some amazing qualities that you never knew you had. Hawk Circle was founded in 1989 by Ricardo Sierra, as a one-week wilderness camp program for teens in the upper Hudson Valley.  In 1996, Ricardo and Trista met and moved Hawk Circle to an old farmstead nestled amongst the rolling hills of Cherry Valley, NY.  With 200 acres of woods, fields and streams, they continued running wilderness camps while also offering visiting school group programs and residential apprentice programs.  

Adult Programs


Workshops and Festivals


Our Eagle House workshop series offers a variety of hands-on learning experiences for both beginner and advance students with valuable skills for our changing world.  We also offer seasonal festivals and gatherings honoring the rhythms of the earth.


Join the Hawk Circle staff in a memorable adventure that takes you deep into the wilds of foreign lands.

Retreats and Trainings

Looking for time away from your busy schedule?  Hawk Circle Retreats and Trainings offer both learning and relaxation in a beautiful, wild setting.

Sustainability Apprenticeship

Our residential apprentice program offers an immersion experience learning a variety of skills from timber framing to gardening to wilderness survival.

 Correspondence Course

Learn a variety of wilderness skills in the comfort and convenience of your own backyard.

  Hawk Circle Youth Programs

Summer Camps

Powerful, transformative and educational camp programs that combine wilderness skills, adventure, native crafts and lore.  We have NEW camps being offered this year along with our first day camp, Farm & Forest, offering skills in gardening, animal care and wilderness adventure.


  • School Groups

    Gathering walks, campfires, native crafts, wilderness skills and games are custom designed in collaboration with the class teacher to create a unique, transformative experience that lasts throughout the year and beyond.

    Home School Groups

    We offer a variety of custom designed programs to meet the needs of your home school group for both students and families.

    Workshops & Festivals

    Our workshops are kid friendly and our festivals are a great way for families to celebrate the change of seasons together.