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


Latodami Environmental Education Center offers a wide variety of programs available to the public.  Check out our 2016 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.

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.


Be sure to check which park our programs are offered. The first listing is for North Park, the second and third listings are for Hartwood and Deer Lakes, respectively.

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"

LATODAMI NATURE CENTER 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.

     For over 47 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.

     NEW for 2016! Introducing, “Forest Bathing in the Parks” activities with environmental education. Latodami is offering these programs in North Park, Deer Lakes and Hartwood throughout the year.

     Forest Bathing is to immerse oneself in the forest, to spend time surrounded by trees, and is proven to provide numerous health benefits: boosts immune system; lowers blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol; reduces stress; improves mood; increases ability to focus even in children with ADHD; accelerates recovery from surgery or illness; increases energy level; and improves sleep.

    “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

2016 PROGRAMS - NORTH PARK

WEEKLY! Thursday Nature Walk - 47th YEAR! - Every Thursday of the year, 10 am to 12 noon. 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 Basketball Courts in the Ice Skating Rink parking lot off Kummer Road.

January 9 – Winter Forbs and Trees ID Walk, 1 pm to 3 pm. Part of our Forest Bathing in the Parks offerings. Birds and other wildlife make use of all kinds of plants to survive this, the coldest month of the year. Join us today as we identify plants in winter. Pre-register.

January 12 – Young Nature Explorers Class, 10 am to 11 am, or 1 pm to 2 pm. Program for pre-school age children and parent. What You See and Don’t See – Tracks, signs, winter survival of wildlife and hibernation.  Pre-register.

January 23 – Knob Hill Park in Marshall Township – Snowshoe Nature Hike, 10 am to 12 pm. To register, call 724-935-3090. If you can walk, you can snowshoe, it is that easy to do. Sign up for this family friendly snowshoe hike to explore nature in winter. Bring your own snowshoes or just plan to walk along with us.  Pre-register.

January 23 – Tracks ‘n Scat ‘n This ‘n That Snowshoe Hike, 2 pm to 4 pm. Snowshoe with us as we journey through Latodami’s habitats to investigate nature in winter. Bring your own snowshoes or just plan to walk along with us.  Pre-register.

February 9 – Young Nature Explorers Class, 10 am to 11 am, or 1 pm to 2 pm. Program for pre-school age children and parent. Winter Fun - Fun in the snow and learning about the water cycle.  Pre-register.

March 8 – Young Nature Explorers Class, 10 am to 11 am, or 1 pm to 2 pm. Program for pre-school age children and parent. How Sweet It Is – Maple syrup making demonstration.  Pre-register.

March 11 – Knob Hill Park in Marshall Township – Owl Prowl, 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. To register, call 724-935-3090. Wander field and forest in this exciting nocturnal adventure. Sensory activities will have us learning more about creatures of the night.  Pre-register.

March 12 – Knob Hill Park in Marshall Township – Maple Syrup Making Program, 11 am to 12:30 pm. To register, call 724-935-3090. Discover how easy it is to make your own maple syrup at home.  Pre-register.

March 19 – How Sweet It Is, Maple Syrup Making Demonstrations, 10 am to 11:30 am & 1 pm to 2:30 pm. Learn how easy it is to make your own maple syrup at home.  Pre-register.

March 20th Is The First Day Of Spring – Think Spring Seedling Sale! Pre-order deadline is March 25th, for trees, shrubs and wildflowers from the North Area Environmental Council. Great selection of seedling plants. Pick up day is April 23 from 9 am to 12 pm at Latodami Barn. For a 2016 plant list, go to 2016 Seedling Sale or to the NAEC website:  www.naecwpa.org

April 12 – Young Nature Explorers Class, 10 am to 11 am, or 1 pm to 2 pm. Program for pre-school age children and parent. Birds and Migration – Why and how animals migrate.  Pre-register.

April 16 – Arboretum Service Day, 10 am to 12 pm. Volunteer to help us improve this unique area as we remove overgrowth around specimen trees from around the world in memory of Naturalist Esther Allen.  Pre-register.

April 16 – “Taking In The Forest” Through Tai Chi and Flute, 1 pm to 3 pm. Part of our Forest Bathing in the Parks offerings. In the first part of this two part program, Tai Chi instructor Helena Trent will lead us in learning the gentle, low impact movements of this ancient martial art form that is known to reduce stress and improve mental clarity and calm. People of all ages and physical ability will be able to participate and no previous experience is needed. Immediately following for the second part of the program will be Native American flute player, Earl Dingus of the Cherokee Nation, to teach and sooth our minds and bodies with music and stories of his flutes. Pre-register.

April 23 – North Area Environmental Council Seedling Sale Pick Up Day, 9 am to 12 pm. See March 20 for ordering information.

April 23 - Arm Chair Bird Watching – Celebrating the Return of Our Barn Swallows, 1 pm to 3 pm. Part of our Forest Bathing in the Parks offerings. Bring your camp chair to this sit down bird watching program. Pre-register.

May 3 – Young Naturalist Programs Registration for all ages and June, July and August dates will start today at 9 a.m. by telephone lottery at 724-935-2170 until classes are filled. Limit of three children per call. There will be no exceptions to the registration procedure. No age exceptions. Each class is limited to 10 children. Three day program with hands-on, outdoor experiences, investigations and adventures in field, forest and aquatic habitats. For children ages 8 to 14 years. Pre-register.

May 7 – Stories In Flowers, 10 am to 12 pm. Learn the history and folklore of wildflowers and weeds in this fun, spring-time excursion through field and forest. Make a special gift for Mother’s Day.  Pre-register.

May 7 – “Taking In The Forest” Through Tai Chi and Flute, 1 pm to 3 pm. Part of our Forest Bathing in the Parks offerings. See April 16 for program description.  Pre-register.

May 10 - Young Nature Explorers Class, 10 am to 11 am, or 1 pm to 2 pm. Program for pre-school age children and parent. Gardening for Wildlife – Planting activities for birds and butterflies.  Pre-register.

June 3 - Forest Bathing Outing, 7 pm to 9 pm. Part of our Forest Bathing in the Parks offerings. Relax, revitalize and heal your mind, body and soul. The pace is so slow; you will want to bring a lawn chair.  Pre-register.

June 4 – Wildwood Biodiversity Inventory, 10 am to 12 pm.  Assist in a new plant and animal identification research project for the area which once was a coal mine, and most recently, the lake dredge deposition site. Activities to also include habitat improvement through the broadcasting of native grassland seed species.  Pre-register.

June 4 – “Taking In The Forest” Through Tai Chi and Flute, 1 pm to 3 pm. Part of our Forest Bathing in the Parks offerings. See April 16 for program description.  Pre-register.

June 14 – Young Nature Explorers Class, 10 am to 11 am, or 1 pm to 2 pm. Program for pre-school age children and parent. Caterpillars and Butterflies – Learn about the life cycle of butterflies.  Pre-register.

June 20-21-22 – Young Naturalist Program, 10 am to 2 pm. See May 3 for program and registration information.  Pre-register.

June 27, 28, 29 – Young Naturalist Program, 10 am to 2 pm. See May 3 for program and registration information.  Pre-register.

July 8 – Coyote Howl, 8 pm to 9:30 pm. Let out your wild side and have a howling good time with us as we prowl through Latodami’s habitats in search of coyote.  Pre-register.

July 9 – Irwin Run Biodiversity Inventory and Service, 10 am to 12 pm. Participate in this ongoing research project by documenting plant and animal life in this fabulous stream valley and/or by helping to remove invasive plants. No previous experience needed.  Pre-register.

July 9 – “Taking In The Forest” Through Tai Chi and Flute, 1 pm to 3 pm. Part of our Forest Bathing in the Parks offerings. See April 16 for program description.  Pre-register.

July 12 – Young Nature Explorers Class, 10 am to 11 am, or 1 pm to 2 pm. Program for pre-school age children and parent. Splish, Splash – Up close look at life in our pond.  Pre-register.

July 15 - Geocaching Nature Game, 7 pm to 9 pm. Our outdoor adventure will incorporate hand-held GPS devices and a nature clue game. Bring your GPS or smart phone with GPS app if you have one, if not, no worries, we can share.  Pre-register.

July 18, 19, 20 – Young Naturalist Program, 10 am to 2 pm. See May 3 for program and registration information.  Pre-register.

July 25, 26, 27 – Young Naturalist Program, 10 am to 2 pm. See May 3 for program and registration information.  Pre-register.

August 6 – Doggy Nature Walk, 10 am to 12 pm. There is no reason to leave your best buddy at home as we hike along our nature trails. Dogs will be on leash the entire time.  Pre-register.

August 6 – “Taking In The Forest” Through Tai Chi and Flute, 1 pm to 3 pm. Part of our Forest Bathing in the Parks offerings. See April 16 for program description.  Pre-register.

August 9 - Young Nature Explorers Class, 10 am to 11 am, or 1 pm to 2 pm. Program for pre-school age children and parent. Sedges Have Edges – Hands on wetland exploration.  Pre-register.

August 15, 16, 17 – Young Naturalist Program, 10 am to 2 pm. See May 3 for program and registration information.  Pre-register.

September 10 – Marshall Island Garden Tour, 10 am to 12 pm. Plants With A Purpose – Learn which plants can resist deer, thrive in dry or sunny locations, attract butterflies and hummingbirds, or provide food for you and your family.  Pre-register.

September 10 – Marshall Island Service Day, 1 pm to 3 pm. Volunteer today to help us on this scenic island in the lake as we remove overgrowth and plant to improve our sensory and wildlife gardens in memory of Janet Watychowicz.  Pre-register.

September 13 - Young Nature Explorers Class, 10 am to 11 am, or 1 pm to 2 pm. Program for pre-school age children and parent. “A” Is For Apple – All about apples.  Pre-register.

September 16 – Forest Bathing Outing, 7 pm to 9 pm. Part of our Forest Bathing in the Parks offerings. Open up your senses and enjoy the peace and song of the forest. The pace is so slow; you will want to bring a lawn chair.  Pre-register.

September 30 – Seeds For The Future, 7 pm to 9 pm. Help up today to gather seeds from wildflowers and grasses. These seeds will be used in November for habitat improvement projects throughout the park.  Pre-register.

October 11 - Young Nature Explorers Class, 10 am to 11 am, or 1 pm to 2 pm. Program for pre-school age children and parent. Fall Fun With Leaves And Trees -  Leaf collecting and fall craft activities.  Pre-register.

October 20 – Thursday Adult Nature Walk 47th Year Anniversary Celebration – Nature Walk from 10 am to 12 pm. Luncheon from 12 pm to 1 pm. Nature Slide Show Presentation from 1 pm to 2 pm. Call for more information Pre-register.

October 22 – Thingamajigs Nature Crafts, 10 am to 12 pm. Sticks and stones and red pine cones. Join us on our scavenger hunt for natural artifacts that we will use to make beautiful objects of art.  Pre-register.

October 22 – Stories In The Trees, 1 pm to 3 pm. Through time, trees have had stories to tell us. Come today to hear what tales and wisdom they have to share.  Pre-register.

October 28 - Hoot ‘n Howl Hike, 8 pm to 9:30 pm. Predators roam the night. Adventure out with us as we call and listen for owl, coyote and other nocturnal wildlife.  Pre-register.

November 8 - Young Nature Explorers Class, 10 am to 11 am, or 1 pm to 2 pm. Program for pre-school age children and parent. Heads Or Tails – Learning about the special features of local wildlife.  Pre-register.

November 19 – Seed Sowing, 10 am to 12 pm. Fun for the whole family as we walk and toss wildflower seeds to improve wildlife habitats in North Park.  Pre-register.

November 19 –Beaver Tales, 1 pm to 3 pm. Explore the Wahdo:Gwas Wetland up close as we walk the Dragonfly Interpretive Trail to learn more about our resident beaver family.  Pre-register.

December 13 - Young Nature Explorers Class, 10 am to 11 am, or 1 pm to 2 pm. Program for pre-school age children and parent. Ornaments for Animals – Crafting edible ornaments for feeding wildlife.  Pre-register.

December 31 – Christmas Bird Count, 7:30 am to 11:30 am and/or 1 pm to 4 pm. Join area birders for this, 116th year, of documenting winter bird species through the Audubon Society.  Pre-register.

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.

     Volunteer opportunities - Latodami is always looking for individuals and groups interested in research, stewardship and service to the out-of-doors.

      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.

HARTWOOD

January 13 – Hartwood - Nature Walk – 10 am to 12 pm. Part of our Forest Bathing in the Parks offerings. Join us for a leisurely stroll to learn more about the plants and wildlife of the park. Pre-register.

January 30 – Hartwood – Tracks ‘n Scat ‘n This ‘n That Snowshoe Hike, 1 pm to 3 pm. Learn more about the natural wonders of this beautiful park as we traverse snowscapes on snowshoe. Bring your own snowshoes or just plan to walk along with us. Pre-register.

March 16 - Hartwood - Nature Walk, 10 am to 12 pm. Part of our Forest Bathing in the Parks offerings. Join us for a leisurely stroll to learn more about the plants and wildlife of the park. Pre-register.

March 26 – Hartwood - How Sweet It Is, Maple Syrup Making Demonstrations, 1 pm to 2:30 pm. Making your own maple syrup is fun and easy to do. Join us today to learn the process. Fulfills Webelos Forestry Badge requirements. Pre-register.

May 6 – Hartwood – Forest Bathing Outing, 7 pm to 9 pm. Part of our Forest Bathing in the Parks offerings. Join us for this leisurely, meditative, restorative amble through the beautiful woodlands of Hartwood. Bring a camp chair. Pre-register.

May 11 – Hartwood – Arm Chair Bird Watching, 10 am to 12 pm. Part of our Forest Bathing in the Parks offerings. Bring your camp chair to this sit down bird watching program. Enjoy the best in life by lounging and identifying spring migrants. Pre-register.

June 24 – Hartwood – Geocaching Nature Game, 7 pm to 9 pm. Fun for any age, our outdoor adventure will incorporate hand-held GPS devices and a nature clue game. Bring your GPS or smart phone with GPS app if you have one, if not, no worries, we can share. Pre-register.

July 13 - Hartwood - Nature Walk, 10 am to 12 pm. Part of our Forest Bathing in the Parks offerings. Enjoy a leisurely stroll to learn more about the plants and wildlife of the park. Pre-register.

August 5 – Hartwood - Hoot ‘n Howl Hike, 8 pm to 9:30 pm. Predators roam the night. Adventure out with us as we call and listen for owl, coyote and other nocturnal wildlife. Pre-register.

September 14 - Hartwood - Nature Walk, 10 am to 12 pm. Part of our Forest Bathing in the Parks offerings. Join us on a leisurely stroll to learn more about the plants and wildlife of the park. Pre-register.

October 1 – Hartwood - Doggy Nature Walk, 10 am to 12 pm. Bring your furry, four-footed friend along as we enjoy a leisurely stroll through field and forest of this beautiful park. Dogs will be on leash the entire time. Pre-register.

November 9 - Hartwood - Nature Walk, 10 am to 12 pm. Part of our Forest Bathing in the Parks offerings. Join us on a leisurely stroll to learn more about the plants and wildlife of the park. Pre-register.

December 10 – Hartwood – Winter Forbs and Trees I.D., 1 pm to 3 pm. Part of our Forest Bathing in the Parks offerings. Seed heads and tree bark are the some of the clues we will use to identify plants in winter on our walk. Pre-register.

DEER LAKES PARK

February 6 – Deer Lakes – Tracks ‘n Scat ‘n This ‘n That Snowshoe Hike, 1 pm to 3 pm. Join us on this snowshoe adventure to search for clues of wildlife activities. Bring your own snowshoes or just plan to walk along with us. Pre-register.

February 10 - Deer Lakes - Nature Walk, 10-12. Part of our Forest Bathing in the Parks offerings. Leisurely stroll to learn more about the plants and wildlife of the park. Pre-register.

April 2 – Deer Lakes - How Sweet It Is, Maple Syrup Making Demonstrations,    1 pm to 2:30 pm. Come today to learn how to make your own maple syrup at home. Accomplishes Webelos Forestry Badge requirements. Pre-register.

April 13 - Deer Lakes - Nature Walk, 10 am to 12 pm. Part of our Forest Bathing in the Parks offerings. Join us on a leisurely stroll to learn more about the plants and wildlife of the park. Pre-register.

May 13 – Deer Lakes - Forest Bathing Outing, 7 pm to 9 pm. Part of our Forest Bathing in the Parks offerings. Come along for a leisurely, meditative, restorative amble as we enjoy the woodlands of Deer Lakes in spring. Bring a lawn chair. Pre-register.

June 8 - Deer Lakes Park - Arm Chair Bird Watching, 10 am to 12 pm. Part of our Forest Bathing in the Parks offerings. Bring your camp chair to this sit down bird watching program. Enjoy the best in life by lounging and identifying spring migrants. Pre-register. 

July 29 – Deer Lakes – Hoot ‘n Howl Hike, 8 pm to 9:30 pm. Predators roam the night. Adventure out with us as we call and listen for owl, coyote and other nocturnal wildlife. Pre-register.

August 10 - Deer Lakes Nature Walk, 10 am to 12 pm. Part of our Forest Bathing in the Parks offerings. Join us on a leisurely stroll to learn more about the plants and wildlife of the park. Pre-register.

August 19 – Deer Lakes - Geocaching Nature Game, 7 pm to 9 pm. Fun for any age, our outdoor adventure will incorporate hand-held GPS devices and a nature clue game. Bring your GPS or smart phone with GPS app if you have one, if not, no worries, we can share. Pre-register.

October 12 - Deer Lakes - Nature Walk, 10 am to 12 pm. Part of our Forest Bathing in the Parks offerings. Join us on a leisurely stroll to learn more about the plants and wildlife of the park. Pre-register.

November 5 – Deer Lakes - Doggy Nature Walk, 10 am to 12 pm.  Bring the whole family, including your dog and join us as we trek through the park looking for nature clues. Dog will be on leash the entire time. Pre-register.

December 3 – Deer Lakes – Winter Forbs and Trees I.D., 1 pm to 3 pm. Part of our Forest Bathing in the Parks offerings. Seed heads and tree bark are the some of the clues we will use to identify plants in winter. Pre-register.

December 14 - Deer Lakes - Nature Walk, 10 am to 12 pm. Part of our Forest Bathing in the Parks offerings. Join us on a leisurely stroll to learn more about the plants and wildlife of the park. Pre-register.