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.

April 11 - North Park - Young Nature Explorers – for Preschoolers and Parent, 10 am to 11:30 am. “Spring Has Sprung”. We will laugh and play in the warmth of this spring day as we look for clues of new life. Call 724-935-2170 for more information or to register.

April 11 - North Park - Young Nature Explorers – for Preschoolers and Parent, 1 pm to 2:30 pm. “Spring Has Sprung”. We will laugh and play in the warmth of this spring day as we look for clues of new life. Call 724-935-2170 for more information or to register. 

April 26 – North Park - “Over the ‘Log’ Day” – Nature Craft Series with Miss Debra, 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm. Join Assistant Naturalist, Debra Rudolph, for a short hike to forage for and learn about some of nature’s fascinating treasures to be used to bring out the artist in everyone. New projects created at each workshop for you to take home. Fun for young and old. Call 724-935-2170 for more information or to register.

April 29 - North Park – “Stewards Of The Park Day”, Volunteer Service Activity, 10 am to 12 pm. Call to find out how you can help North Park by volunteering on this day. Great for family and Scout groups. Call 724-935-2170 for more information or to register.

April 29 - North Park – Gardens On The Island, 1 pm to 3 pm. Learn more about the wonderful new gardens on Marshall Island and each of their special purposes. Also, learn how you can adopt and plant a section for the growing season. Call 724-935-2170 for more information or to register.

May 6 - North Park – Stories of the Seneca Nation, 10 am to 11 am.  Through storytelling, Lee Dingus, of the Seneca Nation, will teach us about the early people of the region. Stories are one of the ways the Seneca people use to pass on history, culture and moral lessons to younger generations. All ages will enjoy this program. 

May 6 - North Park – Spring Gardening, 11 am to 12 pm. You will learn more about Seneca culture by assisting us today in planting a special garden plot on Marshall Island. Call 724-935-2170 for more information or to register. 

May 9 - North Park - Young Nature Explorers – for Preschoolers and Parent, 10 am to 11:30 am. “Fun With Frogs And Polliwogs”. Get wet with us as we explore Latodami pond in our quest to get up close and personal with these slippery amphibians. Call 724-935-2170 for more information or to register. 

May 9 - North Park - Young Nature Explorers – for Preschoolers and Parent, 1 pm to 2:30 pm. “Fun With Frogs And Polliwogs”. Get wet with us as we explore Latodami pond in our quest to get up close and personal with these slippery amphibians. Call 724-935-2170 for more information or to register. 

May 24 – North Park - “Over the ‘Log’ Day” – Nature Craft Series with Miss Debra, 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm. Join Assistant Naturalist, Debra Rudolph, for a short hike to forage for and learn about some of nature’s fascinating treasures to be used to bring out the artist in everyone. New projects created at each workshop for you to take home. Fun for young and old. Call 724-935-2170 for more information or to register.

May 31 - North Park – Young Naturalist Programs Registrations for all programs in June, July and August start today at 9 am by telephone 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, no repeats. Three day program with hands-on, outdoor experiences, investigations and adventures in field, forest and aquatic habitats. June 19-20-21, June 26-27-28, July 17-18-19, July 24-25-26, August 14-15-16. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 10 am to 2 pm. For children ages 8 to 14 years.

June 10 - North Park – “Stewards of the Park Day”, Volunteer Service Activity, 10 am to 12 pm. Join us today to help North Park by volunteering. Great for family and Scout groups. Call 724-935-2170 for more information or to register.

June 13 - North Park - 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. “Flutterbys”. Call 724-935-2170 for more information or to register.

June 13 - North Park - 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. “Flutterbys”. Call 724-935-2170 for more information or to register.

July 8 - North Park – Nature Adventure – 10 am to 12 pm. Come with us today to explore the habitats around Latodami. Plants and creatures of all kinds will be discovered and discussed in this family friendly walk/talk.

July 11 - North Park - 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. “Bluebirds and Their Homes”.  Call 724-935-2170 for more information or to register.

July 11 - North Park - 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. “Bluebirds and Their Homes”. Call 724-935-2170 for more information or to register.

August 4 - North Park – Evening Exploration – 7 pm to 8:30 pm. Venture out as diurnal animals and nocturnal animals are crossing paths in this twilight time. Call 724-935-2170 for more information or to register.

August 8 - North Park - 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. “Flowers and Pollinators”. Call 724-935-2170 for more information or to register.

August 8 - North Park - 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. “Flowers and Pollinators”. Call 724-935-2170 for more information or to register.