About Us and Contact Info

Welcome 

Allegheny County's Latodami Environmental Education Center is located in North Park in Western Pennsylvania, and is a great place to get connected to the outdoors.  Our mission is to educate the public about the environment and wildlife found in our region.

Allegheny County Parks and Recreation Department purchased the Latodami Farm in 1969 to create one of the first environmental education centers in the region, and since then, Latodami Nature Center has been providing exciting opportunities to explore the out-of-doors though its diverse habitats.  Originally a dairy farm, the Nature Center consists of a newly dredged pond, the historic old barn and silo, many forest and field habitats, as well as several streams and wetlands.  There are currently eleven nature trails that wander the Nature Center's 200 acres of the fields and forests of its lands. 

The original 1914 bank barn (with its authentic tile silo) still stands as an important relic from the dairy farm that Latodami once was.  Today the barn is where we hold meetings and programs for the public.  The barn is open to nature, so many species of birds and bats roost in the upper peaks and rafters.  Barn Swallows and Little Brown Bats are commonly found.

GPS Coordinates
Decimal Degrees: Lat 40.620734  Long -80.029652
Degrees, Minutes, Seconds: N 40 31'14.74"  W 80 01'46.88"

Programming

Programs are available to school, scout, public and private groups by special request September through May, Monday through Friday, morning, afternoon, and after school hours, on or off site (northern Allegheny County). Most of these programs can accommodate special needs person and/or wheelchairs. Most programs will assist teachers in providing to their students the state-mandated environmental education and ecology standards for Pennsylvania.

Schools and Home-schools

Programs can be developed to meet curriculum needs for students of any grade level, from one hour classroom presentations, to all day outdoor field experiences. Special habitat, research and trail adoption programs are available to schools and classrooms. Teacher training workshops are also available.

Private Groups

Private group programming can be developed to meet the interests of the group (e.g.: garden club, nursing/senior home, AARP). Volunteer opportunities abound.

Scouts

Programs for Cub and Boy Scouts, Daisy, Brownie and Girl Scouts are designed to accomplish activities in their handbooks (e.g.: achievements, electives, badges, try-its, patches, etc). These active, hands-on outdoor programs are usually one hour to two hours in length. Individual and group service projects are available year round (e.g.: Silver, Gold, Eagle, Hornaday). I am a also a Boy Scout Merit Badge Councilor for: Bird Study; Dog Care; Environmental Science; Fish and Wildlife Management; Forestry; Insect Study; Mammal Study; Nature; Reptile and Amphibian Study; and, Soil and Water Conservation.

Allegheny County Parks Department
North Park
Latodami Environmental Education Center
575 Brown Road
Wexford, PA 15090
Meg Scanlon
Interpretive Naturalist
Phone: 724-935-2170

Email: latodami@yahoo.com

The barn is not open unless there is a program scheduled.  However, you are free to wander the trails from sun rise to sun set, every day.  

The best way to reach a staff person is to call the office number listed above and leave your name, number and message. 

We often receive calls about: injured/sick and baby animals found, programs, reservations for programs, creature capture and relocation, issues in the park, etc.  Feel free to give us a call at the number above for questions. Thanks!

Give us a call if you would like information about the best way to move and relocate animals. It is always best to leave the animal alone if it is not truly causing a problem or risking safety issues.  We will try to at first convince you to leave it alone if we feel it is not a dire situation, but please call because we would rather you call us than resort to killing the animal. You may also contact the Pennsylvania Game Commission for wildlife information and assistance: 724-238-9523.

  
Site Created By: Elliott Bartels-2009