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.

September 6 – Migration - 10 am to 11:30 am. Talk and hike about animal migration and reasons why they do so. Call 724-935-2170 for more information or to register. Cost: Free. Instructor: Matt Trudeau, Assistant Naturalist. Program geared towards families with children 5 to 10 years old.
Last day to Register: September 3. Number of people: 15. Location: Latodami Barn.

September 8- Migration - 6:30 pm to 8 pm. Talk and hike about animal migration and reasons why they do so. Call 724-935-2170 for more information or to register. Cost: Free. Instructor: Matt Trudeau, Assistant Naturalist. Ages: 5-10
Last day to Register: September 5. Number of people: 15. Location: Latodami Barn.

September 9 - “Garden to Table” – 10 am to 12 pm. Help us to harvest and prepare items from our Marshall Island gardens. Lee Dingus of the Seneca Nation will show us how to make traditional foods for us to enjoy. Cost: Free. Instructor: Meg Scanlon. Presenter: Lee Dingus.
Last day to register: September 4. Registration limit: 15. Location: Marshall Island.

September 11 - Changes of the Season - 10 am to 11:30 am. Talk and hike showing how the nature prepares and changes for each season. Call 724-935-2170 for more information or to register. Cost: Free. Instructor: Matt Trudeau, Assistant Naturalist. Program geared towards families with children 5 to 12 years old.
Last day to Register: September 8. Number of people: 15. Location: Latodami Barn.

September 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. “Apples”. Call 724-935-2170 for more information or to register. Cost: Free. Instructor: Meg Scanlon.
Last day to register: September 8. Registration limit: 10. Location: Latodami Barn.

September 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. “Apples”. Call 724-935-2170 for more information or to register. Cost: Free. Instructor: Meg Scanlon.
Last day to register: September 8. Registration limit: 10. Location: Latodami Barn.

September 14 - Changes of the Season - 6:30 pm to 8 pm. Talk and hike showing how the nature prepares and changes for each season. Call 724-935-2170 for more information or to register. Cost: Free. Instructor: Matt Trudeau, Assistant Naturalist. Program geared towards families with children 5 to 12 years old.
Last day to Register: September 11. Number of people: 15. Location: Latodami Barn.

September 20 - Fire Ecology - 6:30 pm to 8 pm. Indoor presentation on wild fires and their impact on ecosystems. Call 724-935-2170 for more information or to register. Cost: Free. Instructor: Matt Trudeau, Assistant Naturalist. Program geared towards families or individuals age 12 and up.
Last day to Register: September 17. Number of people: 20. Location: Latodami Barn.

September 22 - Fire Ecology - 6:30 pm to 8 pm. Indoor presentation on wild fires and their impact on ecosystems. Call 724-935-2170 for more information or to register. Cost: Free. Instructor: Matt Trudeau, Assistant Naturalist. Program geared towards families or individuals age 12 and up.
Last day to Register: September 19. Number of people: 20. Location: Latodami Barn.

September 25 - Changes of the Season - 10 am to 11:30 am. Talk and hike showing how nature prepares and changes for each season. Call 724-935-2170 for more information or to register. Cost: Free. Instructor: Matt Trudeau, Assistant Naturalist. Program geared towards families with children 5 to 12 years old.
Last day to Register: September 22. Number of people: 15. Location: Latodami Barn.


September 28 - Changes of the Season - 6:30 pm to 8 pm. Talk and twilight hike showing how nature prepares and changes for each season. Call 724-935-2170 for more information or to register. Cost: Free. Instructor: Matt Trudeau, Assistant Naturalist. Program geared towards families with children 5 to 12 years old.
Last day to Register: September 25. Number of people: 15. Location: Latodami Barn.

October 2 – Apples - 10 am to 11:30 am. Take a trip through our apple orchards to sample and learn more about apples. 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 5 to 10 years old.
Last day to Register: September 27. Number of People: 12. Location: Latodami Barn.

October 5 – Apples - 6:30 pm to 8 pm. Take a trip through our apple orchards to sample and learn more about apples. 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 5 to 10 years old.
Last day to Register: September 30. Number of People: 12. Location: Latodami Barn.

October 10 - 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. “Fall Fun”. Call 724-935-2170 for more information or to register. Cost: Free. Instructor: Meg Scanlon.
Last day to register: October 6. Registration limit: 10. Location: Latodami Barn.

October 10 - 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. “Fall Fun”. Call 724-935-2170 for more information or to register. Cost: Free. Instructor: Meg Scanlon.
Last day to register: October 6. Registration limit: 10. Location: Latodami Barn.

October 11- True Colors of Trees – 10 am to 11:30 am. The trees in the forest are showing their colors. Take a hike with us and find out the true colors of the trees. 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 8. Number of people: 15. Location: Latodami Barn.

October 13 - True Colors of Trees - 6:30 pm to 8 pm. The trees in the forest are showing their colors. Come along on our flashlight hike and find out the true colors of the trees. 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 10. Number of people: 12. Location: Latodami Barn.

October 16 – Pumpkins - 10 am to 11:30 am. Decorate and carve a pumpkin. 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 11. Number of people: 8. Location: Latodami Barn.


October 16 - Pumpkins - 1 pm to 2:30 pm. Decorate and carve a pumpkin. 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 11. Number of people: 8. Location: Latodami Barn.

October 19 - Adult Nature Walk - 10 am to 12 pm. Join us as we explore the many unique historic and natural areas of North Park. No need to pre-register, just show up with a smile. Park and meet at the Ranch House off Kummer Road. Call for more information: 724-935-2170. Cost: Free. Instructor: Meg Scanlon.
No internet registration. Location: Ranch House.

October 19 - Adult Nature Walk – 48th Year Anniversary Presentation - 1 pm to 2 pm. Special presentation on interesting and unique special features of the area. No need to pre-register. Park and meet at the Ranch House off Kummer Road. Call for more information: 724-935-2170. Cost: Free. Instructor: Meg Scanlon.
No internet registration. Location: Ranch House.

October 20 – Pumpkins - 6:30 pm to 8 pm. Decorate and carve a pumpkin. 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 15. Number of people: 8. Location: Latodami Barn.

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.