Directions & Logistics
We are located in Upstate New York, about an hour southwest of Albany, near Cooperstown, (The Baseball Hall of Fame).
Public transportation is spotty since you have to use buses mostly and that involves long trips, changing buses, etc, which can be time consuming and difficult. You can take a bus to Oneonta, NY and then if you are in early enough, take a bus to Cooperstown which is only ten miles from us, and we can pick you up.
Or, you can take a bus into Albany and we can pick you up there, but it is a two hour round trip for us, maybe a little more. We charge for pickup $40 one way and $80 round trip. You can also come in by Train to the Albany-Rennsalear station, or by plane via the Albany Airport at the same rate.
If you are using Google Maps or Mapquest, please use our physical street address to find us:
Hawk Circle Wilderness Education
3496 State Highway 166
Cherry Valley, NY 13320
Forest Educator Training Lodging:
Our retreat center has small heated cabins offered on a first come, first served basis. We have an Adirondack Lean-To that you can stay in, for a more 'open air' feel to your night's sleep, if you bring your own pillow, sleeping bag and pillow. You can also bring a personal tent and stay on our grounds as well.
Meals are provided for most of our programs and trainings, and we accommodate many dietary needs with advance notice for an additional fee.
Forest Educator Equipment List:
Here is the general equipment list for what gear you will need during your stay for most trainings. If there is a specific gear list for your class, we will email that to you upon your enrollment.
Clothes for the Current Season, including warm layers for cool/cold nights here in the mountains. General rule: It's better to be too warm than too cold!
Sturdy Shoes or Boots Water Shoes or Sandals
Hat, Scarf, Gloves/Mittens Warm Jacket/Coat
Folding Camp Chair Sharp Knife Suitable for Carving Towels/Bathing Suit Wool Clothing in Winter
Personal Toiletries Personal Medications
Personal First Aid Kit Daypack/Pack Basket
Rain Gear Work gloves
Sunscreen Blanket or Sleeping Bag
Water Bottle Bandana
Hawk Circle School Store:
We do have a small school store where you can purchase knives, water bottles, t-shirts, some local foods we grow here at Hawk Circle such as maple syrup, elderberry syrup, handmade soaps, herbal salves and essential oils, teas, note cards and the like. We also have some craft supplies for Forest Educators that can support your own work and training, so please inquire if you are looking for something specific that you can't source easily, and we will try to help.