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This site was created, by volunteers, to inform the Public of Programs and to Educate the General Public about the Environment and Wildlife of Western Pennsylvania

New information is being added to this website continuously, please check back often as educational pages are created and updated!

For Programs and Events Scheduled for all of 2017, go to our "Handouts" page.

Here is a quick look at May through August
 2017 public programs. 

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 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.

    “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 May through August

All programs require pre-registration due to limited space or materials

Call 724-935-2170 to register.

For a complete listing for North, Hartwood and Deer Lakes Parks, go to the Handouts page and open the 2017 program listings

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. Program geared towards families with children 5 to 10 years old.
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 m

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.ore 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 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.

For a complete listing of programs offered through the end of the year, go to the "Handouts"  page.


 
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