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

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 registration needed. Location: Ice Rink parking lot on Kummer Rd.

October 23 – Hibernation - 10 am to 11:30 am. Learn what hibernation is and which animals hibernate in our area. Call 724-935-2170 for more information or to register. Cost: Free. Instructor: Matt Trudeau, Assistant Naturalist. Program geared for families with children 5 to 12 years old.
Last day to Register: October 20. Number of People: 15. Location: Latodami Barn.

October 26 – Hibernation - 6:30 pm to 8 pm. Learn what hibernation is and which animals hibernate in our area. Call 724-935-2170 for more information or to register. Cost: Free. Instructor: Matt Trudeau, Assistant Naturalist. Program geared for families with children 5 to 12 years old.
Last day to Register: October 23. Number of People: 15. Location: Latodami Barn.

October 28 - Local Legends and Tall Tales by the Fire. 6:30 pm to 8 pm. Join us by the fire and listen to local tales and folklore. Call 724-935-2170 for more information or to register. Cost: $2 per person. Instructor: Matt Trudeau, Assistant Naturalist. Ages: all.
Last day to Register: October 23. Number of people: 20. Location: Latodami Barn.

October 29 - Local Legends and Tall Tales by the Fire - 6:30 pm to 8 pm. Join us by the fire and listen to local tales and folklore. Call 724-935-2170 for more information or to register. Cost: $2 per person. Instructor: Matt Trudeau, Assistant Naturalist. Ages: all.
Last day to Register: October 24. Number of people: 20. Location: Latodami Barn.

October 30 - Local Legends and Tall Tales by the Fire - 6:30 pm to 8 pm. Join us by the fire and listen to local tales and folklore. Call 724-935-2170 for more information or to register. Cost: $2 per person. Instructor: Matt Trudeau, Assistant Naturalist. Ages: all.
Last day to Register: October 25. Number of people: 20. Location: Latodami Barn.

November 1 - Pinecone Bird Feeders - 10 am to 11:30 am. Make pinecone birdfeeders for overwintering birds (peanut allergy). Call 724-935-2170 for more information or to register. Cost: $2 per person. Instructor: Matt Trudeau, Assistant Naturalist. Program geared for families with children 3 to 8 years old.
Last day to Register: October 27. Number of People: 15. Location: Latodami Barn.

November 1- Pine Cone Bird Feeders - 1 pm to 2:30 pm. Make pine cone bird feeders for overwintering birds (peanut allergy). Call 724-935-2170 for more information or to register. Cost: $2 per person. Instructor: Matt Trudeau, Assistant Naturalist.
Program geared for families with children 3 to 8 years old.
Last day to Register: October 27. Number of People: 15. Location: Latodami Barn.

November 3 – Pine Cone Bird Feeders. 6:30 pm to 8 pm. Make pine cone birdf eeders for overwintering birds (peanut allergy). Call 724-935-2170 for more information or to register. Cost: $2 per person. Instructor: Matt Trudeau, Assistant Naturalist. Program geared for families with children 3 to 8 years old.
Last day to Register: October 30. Number of People: 15. Location: Latodami Barn.

November 6 - Safety In Nature During Hunting Season - 10 am to 11:30 am. Hunting season is upon us, learn how to stay safe while still enjoying the outdoors. Call 724-935-2170 for more information or to register. Cost: Free. Instructor: Matt Trudeau, Assistant Naturalist. Program geared for families and individuals 10 years and up.
Last day to Register: November 3. Number of People: 15. Location: Latodami Barn.

November 6 - Safety In Nature During Hunting Season - 1 pm to 2:30 pm. Hunting season is upon us, learn how to stay safe while still enjoying the outdoors. Call 724-935-2170 for more information or to register. Cost: Free. Instructor: Matt Trudeau, Assistant Naturalist. Program geared for families and individuals 10 years and up.
Last day to Register: November 3. Number of People: 15. Location: Latodami Barn.

November 8 - Safety In Nature During Hunting Season 6:30 pm to 8 pm. Hunting season is upon us, learn how to stay safe while still enjoying the outdoors. Call 724-935-2170 for more information or to register. Cost: Free. Instructor: Matt Trudeau, Assistant Naturalist. Program geared for families and individuals 10 years and up.
Last day to Register: November 5. Number of People: 15. Location: Latodami Barn.

November 14 - Young Nature Explorers – for Preschoolers and Parent, 10 am to 11:30 am. Hands on outdoor explorations, stories, crafts and other adventures for young nature explorers. “Let’s get Ready for Winter”. Learn how plants and animals prepare for winter. Call 724-935-2170 for more information or to register. Cost: Free. Instructor: Meg Scanlon.
Last day to register: November 10. Registration limit: 10. Location: Latodami Barn.

November 14 - Young Nature Explorers – for Preschoolers and Parent, 1 pm to 2:30 pm. Hands on outdoor explorations, stories, crafts and other adventures for young nature explorers. “Let’s get Ready for Winter”. Learn how plants and animals prepare for winter. Call 724-935-2170 for more information or to register. Cost: Free. Instructor: Meg Scanlon.
Last day to register: November 10. Registration limit: 10. Location: Latodami Barn.

November 18 – “Native American Story Telling”, 12 pm to 1 pm. Bring the entire family for this enjoyable program presented by Lee Dingus of the Seneca Nation. Storytelling is an ancient tradition for all peoples to pass on and strengthen knowledge,
morals and cultural information to young and old. Lee will tell stories of the region. Call 724-935-2170 for more information or to register. Cost: Free. Instructor: Meg Scanlon. Presenter: Lee Dingus.
Last day to register: November 14. Registration limit: 50. Location: Latodami Barn.

November 18 – Snohomish Story Pole, A Treasure from the Northwest, 1 pm to 2 pm. Come today to learn more about North Park’s historically and culturally valuable Story Pole, one of the last surviving poles carved by Tulalip Chief William Shelton. Earl Dingus of the Cherokee Nation will discuss the Story Pole’s history before and after its journey to North Park and retell a story or two of the carved characters. Call 724-935-2170 for more information or to register. Cost: Free. Instructor: Meg Scanlon. Presenter: Earl Dingus.
Last day to register: November 14. Registration limit: 50. Location: Latodami Barn.

November 21 - Wild Turkey - 6:30 pm to 8 pm. Learn about wild turkey. Call 724-935-2170 for more information or to register. Cost: Free. Instructor: Matt Trudeau, Assistant Naturalist. Program geared for families with children 5 to 10 years.
Last day to Register: November 18. Number of People: 15. Location: Latodami Barn.

December 6 – Pine Cone Bird Feeders. 10 am to 11:30 am. Make pine cone bird feeders for overwintering birds (peanut allergy). Call 724-935-2170 for more information or to register. Cost: $2 per person. Instructor: Matt Trudeau, Assistant Naturalist. Program geared for families with children 3 to 8 years.
Last day to Register: December 1. Number of People: 10. Location: Latodami Barn.

December 6 – Pine Cone Bird Feeders. 1 pm to 2:30 pm. Make pine cone bird feeders for overwintering birds (peanut allergy). Call 724-935-2170 for more information or to register. Cost: $2 per person. Instructor: Matt Trudeau, Assistant Naturalist. Program geared for families with children 3 to 8 years.
Last day to Register: December 1.Number of People: 15. Location: Latodami Barn.

December 8 – Pine Cone Bird Feeders. 6:30 pm to 8 pm. Make pine cone bird feeders for overwintering birds (peanut allergy). Call 724-935-2170 for more information or to register. Cost: $2 per person. Instructor: Matt Trudeau, Assistant Naturalist. Program geared for families with children 3 to 8 years.
Last day to Register: December 3. Number of People: 15. Location: Latodami Barn.

December 11- Winter Fire. 12 pm to 2 pm. Join us to learn how to start a fire in winter conditions.
Program geared for families or individuals 12 years and up. Cost: $2 per person. Instructor: Matt Trudeau, Assistant Naturalist.
Last day to Register: December 6. Number of People: 15. Location: Latodami Barn.

December 12 - Young Nature Explorers – for Preschoolers and Parent, 10 am to 11:30 am. Hands on outdoor explorations, stories, crafts and other adventures for young nature explorers. “Seeds and Berries”. Call 724-935-2170 for more information or to register. Cost: Free. Instructor: Meg Scanlon.
Last day to register: December 8. Registration limit: 10. Location: Latodami Barn.

December 12 - Young Nature Explorers – for Preschoolers and Parent, 1 pm to 2:30 pm. Hands on outdoor explorations, stories, crafts and other adventures for young nature explorers. “Seeds and Berries”. Call 724-935-2170 for more information or to register. Cost: Free. Instructor: Meg Scanlon.
Last day to register: December 8. Registration limit: 10. Location: Latodami Barn.

December 13 - Winter Fire - 6:30 pm to 8 pm. Join us to learn how to start a fire in winter conditions. Program geared for families or individuals 12 years and up. Call 724-935-2170 for more information or to register. Cost: $2 per person. Instructor: Matt Trudeau, Assistant Naturalist.
Last day to Register: December 8. Registration Limit: 15. Location: Latodami Barn.

December 27 – Stargazing - 6:30 pm to 8 pm. Take a hike with us to our upper fields to learn more about the night sky. Program geared for families or individuals 10 years and up. Call 724-935-2170 for more information or to register. Cost: Free. Instructor: Matt Trudeau, Assistant Naturalist.
Last day to Register: December 24. Registration Limit: 15. Location: Latodami Barn

December 29 – Stargazing - 6:30 pm to 8 pm. Take a hike with us to our upper fields to learn more about the night sky. Program geared for families or individuals 10 years and up. Call 724-935-2170 for more information or to register. Cost: Free. Instructor: Matt Trudeau, Assistant Naturalist.
Last day to Register: December 26. Registration Limit: 15. Location: Latodami Barn.

December 30 - North Park - Christmas Bird Count - 7:30 am to 11 am, and/or 1:15 to 4 pm. Celebrating its 118th year, the Christmas Bird Count 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 for North Park. Individuals and groups of all ages are welcome. Call 724-935-2170 to see how you might assist. Cost: Free. No internet registration, phone registration only. Location: Rose Barn.