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This site was created, by volunteers, to inform the Public of Programs and to Educate the General Public about the Environment and Wildlife of Western Pennsylvania

New information is being added to this website continuously, please check back often as educational pages are created and updated!

Programs and Events Scheduled for
August through December 2018

Unless specifically noted, all programs are appropriate for any age individual and are outside. All programs require pre-registration due to limited space or materials.  Although, our programs are “rain or shine”, visitors are encouraged to call 724-935-2170 for up-to-date information due to changes, cancellations or additions.

For over 49 years Latodami Environmental Education Center has been providing quality programming to schools, scouts, public and private groups year round, on or off-site. On site programs are offered in North Park, Deer Lakes and Hartwood. For information on programs, call 724-935-2170.

    “It is not so much for its beauty that the forest makes a claim upon men’s hearts, as for that subtle something, that quality of air, that emanation from old trees, that so wonderfully changes and renews a weary spirit.” —Robert Louis Stevenson

All programs require pre-registration due to limited space or materials

Call 724-935-2170 to register.

WEEKLY – North Park - Thursday Adult Nature Walk - 48th YEAR! Every Thursday of the year, 10 am to 12 pm. Are you looking to learn more about nature, would you like to meet new people that enjoy the out-of-doors? We meet rain or shine every Thursday of the year (excluding major holidays). No need to pre-register, just show up with a smile. Park and meet at the Ice Skating Rink parking lot off Kummer Road. No registration needed. Location: Basketball Court/Ice Rink parking lot on Kummer Rd.

Latodami’s 2018 September through December Public Programs

Thursday Adult Nature Walk
When: Every Thursday of the year, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Where: North Park Basketball parking lot on Kummer Rd.
Instructor: Allegheny County Naturalist Meg Scanlon
Cost: Free!
Size: No internet registration
Ages: 16 years and up
Info: Join Naturalist Meg Scanlon to explore the many unique historic and natural areas of North Park. No need to pre-register, just show up with a smile. Dress well for outdoor weather. Call for more information 724-935-2170.


Animal Hibernation and Migration
When: Wednesday, September 5, 10 am – 12 pm
Where: North Park Latodami Nature Center
Instructor:
Cost: Free!
Participant Limit: 10
Last Day for Registration: September 3
Age: 5 and up
Info: Fall has come again and that means our local animals are preparing for winter. Join us as we learn more about our resident animals and how they prepare for winter. Dress well for outdoor activity. Call for more information 724-935-2170.

My Side of Latodami
When: Saturday, September 8, 10:30 am – 2:30 pm
Where: North Park Latodami Nature Center
Instructor: Allegheny County Naturalist Meg Scanlon
Cost: $10.00
Participant Limit: 15
Last Day for Registration: August 29
Ages: 8 to 15 years
Info: Using elements from Jean Craighead George’s book, “My Side of the Mountain”, we will nibble on wild edibles, make a walking stick and acorn whistles, build a shelter, and learn how to stay safe in the out-of-doors along with many other exciting adventures in this four hour program. A parent or guardian must accompany their children. Dress well for outdoor activity. Call for more information 724-935-2170.

Young Nature Explorers – Stop and Hug A Tree
When: Tuesday, September 11, 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Where: North Park Latodami Nature Center
Instructor: Allegheny County Naturalist Meg Scanlon
Cost: $5.00
Participant Limit: 5
Last Day for Registration: September 5
Ages: 3 to 6 years
Info: Children will learn the elements of staying safe in the out-of-doors, based on the STOP and Hug a Tree programs. Hands-on, outdoor program designed to introduce children to our natural world. A parent or guardian must accompany their children. Dress well for outdoor activity. Call for more information 724-935-2170.

Young Nature Explorers – Stop and Hug A Tree
When: Tuesday, September 11, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Where: North Park Latodami Nature Center
Instructor: Allegheny County Naturalist Meg Scanlon
Cost: $5.00
Participant Limit: 5
Last Day for Registration: September 5
Ages: 3 to 6 years
Info: Children will learn the elements of staying safe in the out-of-doors, based on the STOP and Hug a Tree programs. Hands-on, outdoor program designed to introduce children to our natural world. A parent or guardian must accompany their children. Dress well for outdoor activity. Call for more information 724-935-2170.

Over the Log Nature Crafts - Owl Family Trees
When: Thursday, September 20, 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm 
Where: North Park Latodami Nature Center 
Instructor: Allegheny County Assistant Naturalist Debra Rudolph 
Cost: $3.00 
Participant Limit: 10 
Last Day for Registration: September 12
Ages: 6 and up
Info: Gather materials from nature and let's see "whoo" you can place on your family tree. A parent or guardian must accompany their children. Dress well for outdoor activity. Call for more information 724-935-2163.   

The Story of Johnny Appleseed
When: Saturday, October 6, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Where: North Park Latodami Nature Center
Instructor: Interpretive Naturalist, Meg Scanlon
Cost: Free!
Participant Limit: 20
Last Day for Registration: October 3
Age: 4 and up
Info: Join us for a sit-down story time adventure of the life and lore of the American folk hero John Chapman, better known as Johnny Appleseed. All individuals attending the program must be registered. A parent or guardian must accompany their children. Dress well for outdoor activity. Call for more information 724-935-2170.

 
Young Nature Explorers – “A” is for Apple
· When: Tuesday, October 9, 10:00 am – 11:30 am.
· Where: North Park Latodami Nature Center
· Instructor: Interpretive Naturalist, Meg Scanlon
· Participant Limit: 5
· Last Day for Registration: October 6
· Cost: $5.00.
· Age: 3 to 6 years
· Info: Listen to a Johnny Appleseed story and explore Latodami’s apple orchard to learn more about apples in this fun walk-talk and taste program. Hands-on, outdoor program designed to introduce children to our natural world. A parent or guardian must accompany their children. Dress well for outdoor activity. Call for more information 724-935-2170. 

Young Nature Explorers – “A” is for Apple

· When: Tuesday, October 9, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm.
· Where: North Park Latodami Nature Center
· Instructor: Interpretive Naturalist, Meg Scanlon
· Participant Limit: 5
· Last Day for Registration: October 6
· Cost: $5.00.
· Age: 3 to 6 years
· Info: Listen to a Johnny Appleseed story and explore Latodami’s apple orchard to learn more about apples in this fun walk-talk and taste program. Hands-on, outdoor program designed to introduce children to our natural world. A parent or guardian must accompany their children. Dress well for outdoor activity. Call for more information 724-935-2170. 
 

Thursday Adult Nature Walk Anniversary
When: Thursday, October 18, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm.
· Where: Meet at the North Park Ranch House on Kummer Road.
· Instructor: Interpretive Naturalist, Meg Scanlon
· Participant Limit: 15
· Last Day for Registration: October 15
· Cost: Free!
· Age: 16 and up
· Info: Our 49th year! Celebrate one of Latodami’s oldest, continuously running educational programs by joining us for a two hour fall season hike, to be followed by a pot luck lunch (bring an entrée to share), and then a special, one hour nature presentation. Dress well for outdoor activity. Call for more information 724-935-2170.


Over the Log Nature Crafts - Monarchs and Milkweeds
· When: Thursday, October 25, 4:30 pm -6:00 pm
· Where: North Park Latodami Nature Center
· Instructor: Assistant Naturalist, Debra Rudolph
· Cost: $4.00
· Participant Limit: 10
· Last day for registration: October 17
· Age: 5 years and up
· Info: While the Monarch butterflies are migrating toward their winter sanctuary, let's have some fun with their caterpillars' food source...Milkweed plants.  Create a cool nature piece from the seedpods to take home. All individuals attending the program must be registered. A parent or guardian must accompany their children. Dress well for outdoor activity. Call for more information 724-935-2163.


GPS Nature Mystery Game
· When: Saturday, November 3, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm.
Where: North Park Latodami Nature Center
· Instructor: Interpretive Naturalist, Meg Scanlon
Participant Limit: 20 Last Day for Registration: October 29
· Cost: Free!
· Age: 8 and up
· Info: Be a nature sleuth and have a great time as you solve the mystery of the disappearing “switcheroo naka”. Bring your smart phone or hand-held GPS unit to follow the clues and to play along with us. All individuals attending the program must be registered. A parent or guardian must accompany their children. Dress well for outdoor activity. Call for more information 724-935-2170.


Young Nature Explorers – Getting Ready For Winter
· When: Tuesday, November 13, 10:00 am – 11:30 am.
· Where: North Park Latodami Nature Center
· Instructor: Interpretive Naturalist, Meg Scanlon
· Participant Limit: 5
· Last Day for Registration: November 10
· Cost: Free!
· Age: 3 to 6 years
· Info: Animals prepare for the winter season in many different ways. Join us as we learn which animals migrate, hibernate, cache food, forage, or hunt to survive. Hands-on, outdoor program designed to introduce children to our natural world. A parent or guardian must accompany their children. Dress well for outdoor activity. Call for more information 724-935-2170. 
 

Young Nature Explorers – Getting Ready For Winter
· When: Tuesday, November 13, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm.
· Where: North Park Latodami Nature Center
· Instructor: Interpretive Naturalist, Meg Scanlon
· Participant Limit: 5
· Last Day for Registration: November 10
· Cost: Free!
· Age: 3 to 6 years
· Info: Animals prepare for the winter season in many different ways. Join us as we learn which animals migrate, hibernate, cache food, forage, or hunt to survive. Hands-on, outdoor program designed to introduce children to our natural world. A parent or guardian must accompany their children. Dress well for outdoor activity. Call for more information 724-935-2170.


Over the Log Nature Crafts - Vines, Vines, Vines
· When: Thursday, November 22, 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
· Where: North Park Latodami Nature Center
· Instructor: Assistant Naturalist, Debra Rudolph
· Cost: $3.00
· Participant Limit:10
· Last day for registration: November 14
· Age: 5 years and up
· Info: Let's help nature by ridding the trees of climbing, twirling, clinging vines and create a beautiful wreath or other design from them. All individuals attending the program must be registered. A parent or guardian must accompany their children. Dress well for outdoor activity. Call for more information 724-935-2163.


Nuts To The Squirrels
· When: Saturday, December 1, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm.
· Where: North Park Latodami Nature Center
· Instructor: Interpretive Naturalist, Meg Scanlon
· Participant Limit:12
· Last Day for Registration: November 26
· Cost: $5.00.
· Age: 4 and up
· Info: Few animals are as nuts about nuts as squirrels. Have fun today and learn more about and make feeders for our four favourite furred friends; the fox, grey, red and flying squirrel. Caution: peanuts and tree nuts will be used during this program. All individuals attending the program must be registered. A parent or guardian must accompany their children. Dress well for outdoor activity. Call for more information 724-935-2170.


Young Nature Explorers – Let’s Go Nuts!
· When: Tuesday, December 11, 10:00 am – 11:30 am
· Where: North Park Latodami Nature Center
· Instructor: Interpretive Naturalist, Meg Scanlon
· Participant Limit: 5
· Last Day for Registration: December 8
· Cost: Free!
· Age: 3 to 6 years
· Info: We will look and listen for, and learn about the red and grey squirrels that live around Latodami. Hands-on, outdoor program designed to introduce children to our natural world. Caution: peanuts and tree nuts will be used during this program. A parent or guardian must accompany their children. Dress well for outdoor activity. Call for more information 724-935-2170.

Young Nature Explorers – Let’s Go Nuts!
· When: Tuesday, December 11, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
· Where: North Park Latodami Nature Center
· Instructor: Interpretive Naturalist, Meg Scanlon
· Participant Limit: 5
· Last Day for Registration: December 8
· Cost: Free!
· Age: 3 to 6 years
· Info: We will look and listen for, and learn about the red and grey squirrels that live around Latodami. Hands-on, outdoor program designed to introduce children to our natural world. Caution: peanuts and tree nuts will be used during this program. A parent or guardian must accompany their children. Dress well for outdoor activity. Call for more information 724-935-2170.


Over the Log Nature Crafts - Gifts for the Birds
· When: Thursday, December 20, 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
· Where: North Park Latodami Nature Center
· Instructor: Assistant Naturalist, Debra Rudolph
· Cost: $8.00
· Participant Limit:10
· Last day for registration: December 12
· Age: 5 years and up
· Info: It is getting colder so now is the time to help out our feathered friends. Let's create a beautiful feeder or a gift for someone in your life to give to their backyard birds. All individuals attending the program must be registered. A parent or guardian must accompany their children. Dress well for outdoor activity. Call for more information 724-935-2163.


Christmas Bird Count
· When: Saturday, December 29, 8:00 am – 11:00 am
· Where: Meet at the North Park Rose Barn, parking lot to the left.
· Instructor:
· Participant Limit: 12
· Last Day for Registration: December 24
· Cost: Free!
· Age: 12 and up
· Info: Celebrating its 119th year, the Christmas Bird County is an annual early-winter bird census, where thousands of volunteers across North America go out to count birds. Participate in this valuable documentation of bird species in North Park. No previous experience necessary. A parent or guardian must accompany their children. Dress well for outdoor activity. Call for more information 724-935-2170.

Christmas Bird Count
· When: Saturday, December 29, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
· Where: Meet at the North Park Rose Barn, parking lot to the left.
· Instructor:
· Participant Limit: 12
· Last Day for Registration: December 24
· Cost: Free!
· Age: 12 and up
· Info: Celebrating its 119th year, the Christmas Bird County is an annual early-winter bird census, where thousands of volunteers across North America go out to count birds. Participate in this valuable documentation of bird species in North Park. No previous experience necessary. A parent or guardian must accompany their children. Dress well for outdoor activity. Call for more information 724-935-2170.