2017 Events and Programs - Call 724-935-2170 to Register.

Allegheny County Parks Department

For over 48 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.

Latodami Environmental Education Center offers a wide variety of programs available to the public.  Check out our 2017 schedule of events located below and for print out, in our handouts page: Handouts  Hope you come and enjoy our wonderful programs!  You can also contact us at 724-935-2170.

Latodami Environmental Education Center

Created in 1969, Latodami offers a variety of programs in North Park and other areas of northern Allegheny County.

The Nature Center is approximately 200 acres, which include field, forest, pond, wetland and stream habitats, with a series of nature trails. The Nature Center is open from dawn to dark, year round.

The Barn provides the rustic setting of a circa 1914 dairy barn and is open during scheduled programs. Carpooling is recommended for groups as we have limited parking. Though, we do not have water on site, there is a port-a-john.

SPECIAL PROGRAMS - School, Scout and Private Group Programming, are available September through May, Monday through Friday, morning, afternoon and after school hours by special request.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES - Latodami is always looking for individuals and groups interested in research, stewardship and service to the out-of-doors. Boy Scout and Girl Scout projects are our specialty.

For more information about environmental programs, volunteer opportunities, brochures, and guides available through North Park’s Latodami Environmental Education Center, call Naturalist, Meg Scanlon, at 724-935-2170, email: latodami@yahoo.com or go to our website: sites.google.com/site/latodaminaturecenter/

Allegheny County Parks Department also providing Environmental Education Programs, Stewardship and Research Opportunities at Boyce Park Nature Center, Greenhouse and Arboretum, contact Naturalist, Horticulturist, Tammy Watychowicz at 724-733-4618.

Be sure to check which park our programs are offered.

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

 PROGRAM INFORMATION

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. Registrants will be advised as to starting locations and appropriate attire. 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.

    “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

2017 PROGRAMS - NORTH PARK

2017 Programming Offered Through Latodami Environmental Education Center

January through May

North Park

WEEKLY – North Park - Thursday Adult Nature Walk - 47th 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 internet registration. Location: Ice Rink parking lot on Kummer Rd.

January 4 - North Park – Nature Adventures with Matt, 6 pm to 8 pm. Join Assistant Naturalist, Matt Trudeau, for a variety of fun winter adventures in this new series of environmental programs. Indoor and outdoor nature activities for young and old. Call 724-935-2170 for more information or to register. Last day to register: January 2. Registration limit: 20. Location: Latodami Barn.

January 10 - North Park - Young Nature Explorers – for Preschoolers and Parent, 10 am to 11 am. “Winter Weeds, Seeds and Berries”. Join us for indoor and outdoor activities in learning about and creating keepsakes with seeds and berries. Call 724-935-2170 for more information or to register. Last day to register: January 6. Registration limit: 15. Location: Latodami Barn.

January 10 - North Park - Young Nature Explorers – for Preschoolers and Parent, 1 pm to 2 pm. “Winter Weeds, Seeds and Berries”. Join us for indoor and outdoor activities in learning about and creating keepsakes with seeds and berries. Call 724-935-2170 for more information or to register. Last day to register: January 6. Registration limit: 15. Location: Latodami Barn.

January 18 - North Park – Nature Adventures with Matt, 6 pm to 8 pm. Join Assistant Naturalist, Matt Trudeau, for a variety of fun winter adventures in this new series of environmental programs. Indoor and outdoor nature activities for young and old. Call 724-935-2170 for more information or to register. Last day to register: January 16. Registration limit: 20. Location: Latodami Barn.

January 25 – North Park - “Over the ‘Log’ Day” – Nature Craft Series with Miss Debra, 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm. Join Assistant Naturalist, Debra Rudolph, for a short hike to forage for and learn about some of nature’s fascinating treasures to be used to bring out the artist in everyone. New projects created at each workshop for you to take home. Fun for young and old. Call 724-935-2170 for more information or to register. Last day to register: January 18. Registration limit: 20. Location: Latodami Barn.

February 1 - North Park – Nature Adventures with Matt - 6 pm to 8 pm. Join Assistant Naturalist, Matt Trudeau, for a variety of fun winter adventures in this new series of environmental programs. Indoor and outdoor nature activities for young and old. Call 724-935-2170 for more information or to register. Last day to register: January 30. Registration limit: 20. Location: Latodami Barn.

February 4 - North Park – Winter’s Day Nature Adventures, 12 pm to 2 pm. Walk, snowshoe, x-country ski, whatever your pleasure, join us on a great exploration of North Park in winter. Call 724-935-2170 for more information or to register. Last day to register: February 2. Registration limit: 20. Location: Latodami Barn.

February 10 - North Park – Frosty Fun Night Hike, 6:30 pm to 8 pm. Experience the sights and sounds of Latodami on this exciting full moon night time adventure. We will finish the program by warming up next to our fire, sipping hot chocolate and roasting marshmallows. Call 724-935-2170 for more information or to register. Last day to register: February 6. Registration limit: 20. Location: Latodami Barn.

February 14 - North Park - Young Nature Explorers – for Preschoolers and Parent, 10 am to 11 am. “It’s Snow Wonderful”. Join us in having a great adventure playing in and learning about snow. Call 724-935-2170 for more information or to register. Last day to register: February 10. Registration limit: 15. Location: Latodami Barn.

February 14 - North Park - Young Nature Explorers – for Preschoolers and Parent, 1 pm to 2 pm. “It’s Snow Wonderful”. Join us in having a great adventure playing in and learning about snow. Call 724-935-2170 for more information or to register. Last day to register: February 10. Registration limit: 15. Location: Latodami Barn.

February 15 - North Park – Nature Adventures with Matt - 6 pm to 8 pm. Join Assistant Naturalist, Matt Trudeau, for a variety of fun winter adventures in this new series of environmental programs. Indoor and outdoor nature activities for young and old. Call 724-935-2170 for more information or to register. Last day to register: February 13. Registration limit: 20. Location: Latodami Barn.

February 22 – North Park - “Over the ‘Log’ Day” – Nature Craft Series with Miss Debra, 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm. Join Assistant Naturalist, Debra Rudolph, for a short hike to forage for and learn about some of nature’s fascinating treasures to be used to bring out the artist in everyone. New projects created at each workshop for you to take home. Fun for young and old. Call 724-935-2170 for more information or to register. Last day to register: February 15. Registration limit: 20. Location: Latodami Barn.

March 4 - North Park – Maple Tree Tapping Day, Volunteer Service Activity, 12 pm to 2 pm. Volunteer to assist in the setting up of our “sugar bush” for upcoming maple syrup making demonstrations. Call 724-935-2170 for more information or to register. Last day to register: March 1. Registration limit: 20. Location: Latodami Barn.

March 1 through April 1 - North Park – “How Sweet It Is”, Maple Syrup Making Demonstrations for School, Scout and Private Groups. Appropriate for preschool to senior citizen. 1 ½ hour presentations are available by special request Monday through Friday, morning, afternoon and after school hours. Historical and modern methods are explained. Call 724-935-2170 for more information or to schedule a program.

March 11 - Marshall Township Knob Hill Park – “How Sweet It Is”, Maple Syrup Making Demonstration, 11 am to 12:30 pm. Discover how easy it is to make maple syrup. You will learn everything you need to know to make your own syrup at home. Great for family and Scout groups. To register call 724-935-3090. No internet registration.

March 14 - North Park - Young Nature Explorers – for Preschoolers and Parent, 10 am to 11:30 am. “How Sweet It Is”. Your young nature explorer will be an expert on how to make maple syrup by the end of this program. Call 724-935-2170 for more information or to register. Last day to register: March 10. Registration limit: 15. Location: Latodami Barn.

March 14 - North Park - Young Nature Explorers – for Preschoolers and Parent, 1 pm to 2:30 pm. “How Sweet It Is”. Your young nature explorer will be an expert on how to make maple syrup by the end of this program. Call 724-935-2170 for more information or to register. Last day to register: March 10. Registration limit: 15. Location: Latodami Barn.

March 20th Is The First Day Of Spring – “Think Spring Seedling Sale”. Pre-order deadline is March 30th for trees, shrubs and flowers from the North Area Environmental Council. For a 2017 plant list, go to naecwpa.org. Pick up day is April 22 (Earth Day!) from 9 am to 12 pm at Latodami Barn. For more information call 724-935-2170.

March 22 – North Park - “Over the ‘Log’ Day” – Nature Craft Series with Miss Debra, 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm. Join Assistant Naturalist, Debra Rudolph, for a short hike to forage for and learn about some of nature’s fascinating treasures to be used to bring out the artist in everyone. New projects created at each workshop for you to take home. Fun for young and old. Call 724-935-2170 for more information or to register. Last day to register: March 15. Registration limit: 20. Location: Latodami Barn.

March 25 - North Park – “How Sweet It Is”, Maple Syrup Making Demonstrations, 10 am to 11:30 am. Learn the complete process of tapping trees, collecting and cooking sap to make your own syrup at home. Great for family and Scout groups. Call 724-935-2170 for more information or to register. Last day to register: March 20. Registration limit: 35. Location: Latodami Barn.

March 25 - North Park – “How Sweet It Is”, Maple Syrup Making Demonstrations, 1 pm to 2:30 pm. Learn the complete process of tapping trees, collecting and cooking sap to make your own syrup at home. Great for family and Scout groups. Call 724-935-2170 for more information or to register. Last day to register: March 20. Registration limit: 35. Location: Latodami Barn.

April 1 - North Park – “How Sweet It Is”, Maple Syrup Making Demonstrations, 10 am to 11:30 am. Learn the complete process of tapping trees, collecting and cooking sap to make your own syrup at home. Great for family and scout groups. Call 724-935-2170 for more information or to register. Last day to register: March 27. Registration limit: 35. Location: Latodami Barn.

April 1 - North Park – “How Sweet It Is”, Maple Syrup Making Demonstrations, 1 pm to 2:30 pm. Learn the complete process of tapping trees, collecting and cooking sap to make your own syrup at home. Great for family and scout groups. Call 724-935-2170 for more information or to register. Last day to register: March 27. Registration limit: 15. Location: Latodami Barn.

April 11 - North Park - Young Nature Explorers – for Preschoolers and Parent, 10 am to 11:30 am. “Spring Has Sprung”. We will laugh and play in the warmth of this spring day as we look for clues of new life. Call 724-935-2170 for more information or to register. Last day to register: April 7. Registration limit: 15. Location: Latodami Barn.

April 11 - North Park - Young Nature Explorers – for Preschoolers and Parent, 1 pm to 2:30 pm. “Spring Has Sprung”. We will laugh and play in the warmth of this spring day as we look for clues of new life. Call 724-935-2170 for more information or to register. Last day to register: April 7. Registration limit: 15. Location: Latodami Barn.

April 22 North Park – North Area Environmental Council Seedling Sale Pick Up Day, 9 am to 12 pm at Latodami Barn. See March 20th for ordering information.

April 26 – North Park - “Over the ‘Log’ Day” – Nature Craft Series with Miss Debra, 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm. Join Assistant Naturalist, Debra Rudolph, for a short hike to forage for and learn about some of nature’s fascinating treasures to be used to bring out the artist in everyone. New projects created at each workshop for you to take home. Fun for young and old. Call 724-935-2170 for more information or to register. Last day to register: April 19. Registration limit: 20. Location: Latodami Barn.

April 29 - North Park – “Stewards Of The Park Day”, Volunteer Service Activity, 10 am to 12 pm. Call to find out how you can help North Park by volunteering on this day. Great for family and Scout groups. Call 724-935-2170 for more information or to register. Last day to register: April 26. Registration limit: 20. Location: Marshall Island.

April 29 - North Park – Gardens On The Island, 1 pm to 3 pm. Learn more about the wonderful new gardens on Marshall Island and each of their special purposes. Also, learn how you can adopt and plant a section for the growing season. Call 724-935-2170 for more information or to register. Last day to register: April 26. Registration limit: 30. Location: Marshall Island.

May 6 - North Park – Stories of the Seneca Nation, 10 am to 11 am.  Through storytelling, Lee Dingus, of the Seneca Nation, will teach us about the early people of the region. Stories are one of the ways the Seneca people use to pass on history, culture and moral lessons to younger generations. All ages will enjoy this program. Last day to register: May 3. Registration limit: 30. Location: Marshall Island.

May 6 - North Park – Spring Gardening, 11 am to 12 pm. You will learn more about Seneca culture by assisting us today in planting a special garden plot on Marshall Island. Call 724-935-2170 for more information or to register. Last day to register: May 3. Registration limit: 30. Location: Marshall Island.

May 9 - North Park - Young Nature Explorers – for Preschoolers and Parent, 10 am to 11:30 am. “Fun With Frogs And Polliwogs”. Get wet with us as we explore Latodami pond in our quest to get up close and personal with these slippery amphibians. Call 724-935-2170 for more information or to register. Last day to register: May 5. Registration limit: 15. Location: Latodami Barn.

May 9 - North Park - Young Nature Explorers – for Preschoolers and Parent, 1 pm to 2:30 pm. “Fun With Frogs And Polliwogs”. Get wet with us as we explore Latodami pond in our quest to get up close and personal with these slippery amphibians. Call 724-935-2170 for more information or to register. Last day to register: May 5. Registration limit: 15. Location: Latodami Barn.

May 24 – North Park - “Over the ‘Log’ Day” – Nature Craft Series with Miss Debra, 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm. Join Assistant Naturalist, Debra Rudolph, for a short hike to forage for and learn about some of nature’s fascinating treasures to be used to bring out the artist in everyone. New projects created at each workshop for you to take home. Fun for young and old. Call 724-935-2170 for more information or to register.  Last day to register: May 17. Registration limit: 20. Location: Latodami Barn.

Deer Lakes – Latodami Environmental Education Center

January 21 - Deer Lakes – Winter’s Day Nature Adventures, 12 pm to 2 pm. Walk, snowshoe, x-country ski, whatever your pleasure, join us on a great exploration of Deer Lakes Park in winter. Call 724-935-2170 for more information or to register. Last day to register: January 19. Registration limit: 25. Location: Park and meet at the Veteran’s II parking lot.

Hartwood – Latodami Environmental Education Center

January 7 - Hartwood – Winter’s Day Nature Adventures, 12 pm to 2 pm. Walk, snowshoe, x-country ski, whatever your pleasure, join us on a great exploration of Hartwood in winter. Call 724-935-2170 for more information or to register. Last day to register: January 5. Registration limit: 25. Location: Park and meet at the County’s Middle Road parking lot near Central Elementary School.