Latodami Environmental Education Center offers a wide variety of programs available to the public. Check out our 2014 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.
Decimal Degrees: Lat 40.620734 Long -80.029652
Degrees, Minutes, Seconds: N 40 31'14.74" W 80 01'46.88"
2014 PROGRAM GUIDE
Unless specifically noted, all programs are appropriate for any age individual, are outside, and start at Latodami Barn. All programs require pre-registration due to limited space or materials, unless otherwise noted. 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. Remember to dress appropriately for outdoor exploration. For groups, please keep in mind that we have limited parking, carpooling is recommended. We have no running water and there is a port-a-john in our parking lot.
January 11 – Tracks in the Snow Snowshoe Hike, 12 pm to 2 pm. We will be discovering, following and interpreting the tracks and travels of wildlife. Bring the entire family for this fun snowshoe walk. Bring your own snowshoes.
January 25 – Nest Box Building, 12 pm to 2 pm. Assist in the construction of nest boxes that will eventually be placed throughout habitats in North Park. Bring a portable power drill, if you have one. Meet at the Ranch House on Kummer Road, near the Golf Course.
February 4 through March 14 – How Sweet It Is - Maple Syrup Making Demonstrations - School, Scout, and Private Groups. Morning, afternoon and after school hours available. Fulfills Forestry Badge for Webelos and Love Maple Syrup Try-it for Brownies. Program is 1 ½ hours long. See February 22 for program description.
February 7 – Animals in Winter Nighttime Snowshoe Adventure, 7 pm to 9 pm. Join us as we look for clues of wildlife on this evening snowshoe adventure hike at Latodami. Bring your own snowshoes.
February 22 – How Sweet it Is - Maple Syrup Making Demonstrations, 10 am to 11:30 am & 12 pm to 1:30 pm. Using “home style” methods, we will show you how to tap the trees, collect and boil down the sap, and make it table ready. You will learn everything you need to know so you can make your own maple syrup at home.
March 8 – How Sweet it Is - Maple Syrup Making Demonstrations, 10 am to 11:30 am & 12 pm to 1:30 pm. See February 22 for program description.
March 15 - Maple Syrup Making at Marshall Township’s Knob Hill Park, 11 am to 12:30 pm. Pre-register at 724-935-3090. See February 22 for program description. Meet at Marshall Township’s Elias Frye Barn located off of Knob Road in the Marshall Township Community Park. For information on Marshall Township’s parks go to their website: www.twp.marshall.pa.us
March 22 - Pre-Order Deadline for North Area Environmental Council Seedling Sale. Pick Up Date: April 12 from 9 am to 12 pm. Great selection of trees and shrubs to improve wildlife habitats around your home, school or camp. Pick up date is April 12 from 9 am to 12 pm at Latodami Nature Center Barn. Go to: www.naecwpa.org for 2014 plant list.
March 29 – Spring Cleanup Arboretum Service Day, 10 am to 12 pm. Meet at Grant Grove on Wildwood Road. Assist today in this service day in memory of Naturalist, Esther Allen. We will be removing smothering overgrowth from select areas throughout this unique site that was one of Esther’s favourite North Park destinations. Bring loppers or bow saws, if you have them.
April 12 – Pick up day for NAEC Seedling Sale, 9 am to 12 pm. See March 22 for ordering information.
April 26 – Rain Garden Party, 10 am to 12 pm. Learn about Latodami’s new rain garden, its construction, function and value to our community, and how you can create one in your yard. Learn more about rain gardens at: www.raingardenalliance.org
April 26 – Apple Blossoms, 1 pm to 3 pm. Celebrate spring and join us today on a leisurely stroll through our “Johnny Appleseed Orchard”. You will learn about our older trees, new plantings, and the recent Boy Scout improvements in this apple orchard.
May 9 – QR Code Woodland Walk at Night, 7 pm to 9 pm. Bring your “smart phone”, with QR code app and wireless internet access, to participate in this internet narrated interpretive walk of the Braille Trail. Still fun, even if you don’t have a smart phone. Meet at the Braille Trail (Nature Access Trail) on Brown Road.
June 6 – North Trail Night Hike – 7 pm to 9 pm. Our nighttime journey will have us exploring old pastures, an apple orchard and up into old crop fields that were important features of Latodami when it was an active farm and learning about how they are now vital components of critical habitats for declining wildlife species.
June 21 - Wahdo:Gwas Wetland Inventory and Service, 10 am to 12 pm. Meet at North Dakota Education Pavilion on Pearce Mill Road. You can help us today in one of two ways, assisting in our annual plant and animal inventory or helping to remove invasive plant species. Call 724-935-2170 for more information on how you, your family or your group can help today.
June 21 – Wahdo:Gwas Wetland Walk, 1 pm to 3 pm. Learn more about this wetland and all the educational features that have been developed to create new opportunities for nature observation. Meet at North Dakota Education Pavilion on Pearce Mill Road.
July 19 – Native American Wilderness Skills, Part 1,
July 26 – Native American Wilderness Skills, Part 2, 10 am-2pm. Join Native American presenters, Lee Dingus (Seneca) and Earl Dingus (Cherokee), to learn fundamental survival skills that include lectures and hands-on experience using both traditional and contemporary ways. For ages 16 years and up.
August 9 – Latodami Barn Birthday Party, 12 pm to 2 pm. It’s our barn’s birthday!!! One hundred years old!! Fun activities for the family that will have you learning more about Latodami in its early years.
September 27 – Naturalist Badge Activities, 10 am to 12 pm. Not just for Boy Scouts, this program will have participants learning more about the interrelationships of plants, animals and local habitats.
September 27 – Seed Collecting, 1 pm to 3 pm. Large and small, come one, come all and help us gather grass and wildflower seeds from our meadows and wetlands. These precious seeds collected today will be sown on later dates throughout other habitats to increase natural diversity and to be food and shelter for native wildlife. Work gloves are recommended.
October 4 - Arboretum Service Day, 10 am – 12 pm. Meet at Grant Grove on Wildwood Road. See March 29 program description.
October 16 - Thursday Adult Nature Walk Fall Foliage Hike, 10 am – 12 pm. Meet at Ranch House on Kummer Road. Walkers will enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of fall as we walk along woodland trails around the Golf Course.
October 16 - Thursday Adult Nature Walk Presentation, 1 pm – 2 pm. Meet at Ranch House on Kummer Road. We will be celebrating the 44th year of this walking group with a special slide show presentation.
October 24 – Unhaunted Night Hike, 7 pm to 9 pm. Meet at the Beaver Shelter parking area on Babcock Blvd. Have fun learning more about nocturnal creatures on our, not so spooky, sensory night hike along the infamous, “Blue Mist Road”.
November 22 – Naturalist Badge Activities, 10 am to 12 pm. See September 27 morning program description.
November 22 – The Gathering of a Palindrome, 1 pm to 3 pm. We will be gathering as many of these today as possible in order to expand our gardens for our butterfly species. Can you guess what it is? Bring a hand pruner, if you have one.
December 6 – Naturalist Badge Activities, 10 am to 12 pm. See September 27 morning program description.
December 6 – Seed Sowing, 1 pm to 3 pm. Have a great time with us tossing grass and wildflower seeds throughout our fields and wetlands. These special seeds will provide wildlife with natural food and cover and increase biodiversity in our region.
December 27 - Christmas Bird Count, 7:30 am to 11:30 am and/or 1 pm to 4 pm. Meet at Rose Barn on Pearce Mill Road. Sign up to take part in the ongoing research to document winter birds in North Park. No experience necessary. To sign up or for more information, please call 724-935-2170.
YEAR ROUND PROGRAMS
THURSDAY ADULT NATURE WALK - 44th YEAR!
Every Thursday of the year, 10 am to 12 noon.
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 (except 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.
PRE-SCHOOL CHILDREN’S HOUR
This program runs continuously throughout the year, the second Tuesday of each month. Times change in colder weather: December through March - 10 am to 11 am, and 1 pm to 2 pm; and April through October - 9:30 am to 11 am, and 1 pm to 2:30 pm. (No November 11 program due to Veterans Day) This hands-on program is designed to introduce young children to the out-of-doors.
School, Scout and Private Group Programming, are available September through May, Monday through Friday, morning, afternoon and after school hours by special request.
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 250 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.
The building provides the rustic setting of a circa 1914 dairy barn and is open during scheduled programs.
Volunteer opportunities - Latodami is always looking for individuals and groups interested in stewardship and service to the out-of-doors. Adopt-a-Habitat and Adopt-a-Trail sites available for individuals and groups.
For more information about environmental programs, volunteer opportunities, brochures, and guides available through North Park’s Latodami Environmental Education Center, email: firstname.lastname@example.org , or go to our website: https://sites.google.com/site/latodaminaturecenter/ , or call Naturalist, Meg Scanlon, at 724-935-2170.