Events and Programs


Latodami Environmental Education Center offers a wide variety of programs available to the public.  Check out our 2015 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.

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

2015 PROGRAM INFORMATION

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. 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.

2015 WINTER

January 31 – 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 your own snowshoes.

February 16 through March 21 – 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. 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.

February 28 – How Sweet it Is - Maple Syrup Making Demonstrations, 10 am to 11:30 am & 1 pm to 2:30 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 14 - Maple Syrup Making at Marshall Township’s Knob Hill Park, 11 am to 12:30 pm. Pre-register at 724-935-3090. 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. 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 21 – How Sweet it Is - Maple Syrup Making Demonstrations, 10 am to 11:30 am & 1 pm to 2:30 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 28 - Pre-Order Deadline for North Area Environmental Council Seedling Sale. Great selection of plants to improve wildlife habitats around your home, school or camp. Pick up date is April 25 from 9 am to 12 pm at Latodami Nature Center Barn. Go to: www.naecwpa.org for 2015 plant list.

2015 SPRING

April 25, May 9 and (*June 13) – Magical Monarchs Family Workshops – Families Untamed: Zoo Nature Club – 2 pm to 3:30 pm.  For families with children ages 2 to 13 years old. This special family program is presented by the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium and is a three part series of fun, nature play activities focusing on Monarch Butterflies. April and May programs are in North Park, and the third, *June 13th, 11 am to 1 pm program to be held at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium. You and your family will enjoy getting outdoors and playing in nature, with hands-on activities that will have you learning about life cycles, habitats, tagging and migration, gardening, and ways you can help protect and ensure the future for the magnificent Monarch. For more information or to pre-register call 412-365-2527, or email: reservations@pittsburghzoo.org

April 25 – Pick up day for NAEC Seedling Sale, 9 am to 12 pm. See March 28 for ordering information.

May 9 – Gardening for Monarchs and Other Pollinators– 10 am to 12 pm. Assist today in planting a “rainbow” garden. Annual and perennial seeds and plants will be planted in our garden sites that will provide food for important pollinating animal specie. Honeybees, Monarchs and other butterflies and insects will benefit from these beautiful and colourful additions. Also, each child will plant their own seeds to take home to start their own rainbow garden.

2015 SUMMER

June 1 – Registration for Young Naturalist Programs – For children ages 8 to 14 years. Registration by telephone only, starting at 9 am until programs are filled. Limit of 3 children per call; 724-935-2170. For this three day nature discovery program, you may select one of the following: Session 1 - Butterflies: July 6, 7, 8. Session 2 - Bluebirds: July 27, 28, 29. Session 3 - Beavers: August 3, 4, 5. Session 4 - Wetlands: August 17, 18, 19. These hands-on, outdoor explorations, investigations and adventures are designed to develop a lifelong appreciation and interest in the environment and an awareness of our relationship with the natural world.

June 20 – Gardening for Hummingbirds – 10 am to 12 pm. Come today to learn how easy it is to attract the Ruby-throated Hummingbird to your yard. We will take a tour of our gardens and discuss the annuals and perennials that provide a valuable food source for these amazing flying jewels. We will also have planting activities for the children.

June 20 –Medicinal and Herbal Gardening – 2 pm to 4 pm. Wild and cultivated, there are many plants that provide us with benefits to the body and soul. Learn which plants can enrich our landscapes and also be used to improve our health and beauty, and enjoyment of life. Planting activities for children.

July 6-7-8 – Young Naturalist Program – Butterflies – 10 am to 12 pm –Three day children’s nature discovery program for ages 8 to 14. Registration will be on Monday, June 1st starting at 9 am by telephone at 724-935-2170. See June 1st for registration information. Detailed field investigations and hands-on participation in research, education and propagation activities for Pennsylvania butterfly species.

July 27-28-29 - Young Naturalist Program – Bluebirds - 10 am to 12 pm –Three day children’s nature discovery program for ages 8 to 14.  Registration will be on Monday, June 1st starting at 9 am by telephone at 724-935-2170. See June 1st for registration information. Detailed field investigations and hands-on participation in research, education and restoration activities of bluebird populations in North Park.

July 11 – Are You Ready? Weather or Not – 10 am to 12 pm. Visit our new weather station classroom, developed through an Eagle Scout project. Weather affects our daily lives, directly and indirectly. Learn how you can be better prepared to deal with inclement weather conditions, at home, at work, and on the road.

July 11 –No Water Gardens – 2 pm to 4 pm. Dry soils and periodic drought can be a challenge to gardeners. Come today to learn about tree, shrub, annual and perennial plants that will tolerate prolonged dry conditions in our region and require little to no maintenance once established.

August 1 – Beavers – 10 am to 12 pm – Learn all about North America’s largest rodent, the Beaver. Almost exterminated from Pennsylvania in the late 1800’s, these aquatic mammals have made a tremendous comeback in recent years, now inhabiting watercourses throughout the commonwealth, including the Pine Creek Watershed.  Our walk-talk will have us exploring dams and wet meadows created by our resident Beaver.

August 1 – Beavers – 2 pm to 4 pm – Beaver are one of the few animals, beside human, that can construct a new habitat from another. These new habitats are vital in their function to provide new resources for many endangered and threatened species, and invaluable in reducing flooding and replenishing ground water supplies. Help ensure the future of our Beaver by helping us today to paint trees to deter gnawing activity. We can live in harmony and enjoy the benefits these amazing animals create by selecting trees to be painted and protected, to then redirect beaver to target alternate trees.

August 3-4-5 – Young Naturalist Program – Beavers - 10 am to 12 pm –Three day children’s nature discovery program for ages 8 to 14. Registration will be on Monday, June 1st starting at 9 am by telephone at 724-935-2170. See June 1st for registration information. Detailed field investigations and hands-on participation in research, education and mitigation projects for North Park’s beaver.

August 17-18-19 – Young Naturalist Program – Wetlands - 10 am to 12 pm –Three day children’s nature discovery program for ages 8 to 14. Registration will be on Monday, June 1st starting at 9 am by telephone at 724-935-2170. See June 1st for registration information. Detailed field investigations and hands-on participation in research, education and enhancement activities for area wetlands.

2015 FALL

September 19 – Orchard Gardens – 10 am to 12 pm. Pennsylvania ranks fifth among apple producing states in the United States, but apple trees are under-utilized in home landscapes. Apple trees are long-lived, have beautiful and fragrant spring flowers, provide cooling shade in summer, and provide tasty fruit in the fall. With nice shape, small size, and ease of maintenance, dwarf varieties do quite well in urban and suburban sites and add value to properties. Join us today for a tour of our orchards to learn how you can incorporate these trees into your garden.

September 19 – Seed Collecting - 2 pm to 4 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.

October 3 –Trees for Your Home – 10 am to 12 pm. Trees add considerable beauty and value to our properties, and also reduce energy costs. Unfortunately, many species planted are unsuitable to their location for many reasons, particularly when mature. Plan for the future to learn which trees are most appropriate for placement in your yard to avoid the common mistakes of most home owners when landscaping. Maintenance, form, size, foliage, flowers, and fruit, will be discussed, along with sun, soil and water requirements.

October 3 – Seed Collecting - 2 pm to 4 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.

October 15 - Thursday Adult Nature Walk Fall Foliage Hike, 10 am – 12 pm. Meet us 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 15 - Thursday Adult Nature Walk Presentation, 1 pm – 2 pm. Meet us at Ranch House on Kummer Road. We will be celebrating the 45th year of this walking group with a special slide show presentation.

November 7 - Arboretum Service Day, 10 am – 12 pm. Meet us 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.

2015 WINTER

December 5 – Seed Sowing, 12 pm to 2 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 shelter, and increase biodiversity in our region.

December 26 - Christmas Bird Count, 7:30 am to 11:30 am and/or 1 pm to 4 pm. Meet at Rose Barn parking lot on Pearce Mill Road. Sign up to take part in the ongoing research to document winter birds in North Park. No experience necessary. For more information and/or to sign up, please contact Meg Scanlon at 724-935-2170.

YEAR ROUND PROGRAMS

THURSDAY ADULT NATURE WALK - 45th 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 (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.

YOUNG NATURE EXPLORERS CLASS - This program runs continuously throughout the year, the second Tuesday of each month. November 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 get young children outside, exploring nature.

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.

 

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.


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: latodami@yahoo.com , or go to our website: https://sites.google.com/site/latodaminaturecenter/ , or call Naturalist, Meg Scanlon, at 724-935-2170.