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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!

Programs and Events Scheduled for
January through May 2018

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.  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 49 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

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

Call 724-935-2170 to register.

WEEKLY – North Park - Thursday Adult Nature Walk - 48th 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: Basketball Court/Ice Rink parking lot on Kummer Rd.

Latodami’s 2018 January through May Public Programs

Thursday Adult Nature Walk
When: Every Thursday of the year, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Where: North Park Basketball parking lot on Kummer Rd.
Instructor: Allegheny County Naturalist Meg Scanlon
Cost: Free!
Size: No internet registration
Ages: 16 years and up
Info: Join Naturalist Meg Scanlon to explore the many unique historic and natural areas of North Park. No need to pre-register, just show up with a smile. Dress well for outdoor weather. Call for more information 724-935-2170.

Winter Forbs and Trees ID Snowshoe Walk
When: Saturday, January 6, 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Where: North Park Latodami Nature Center
Instructor: Allegheny County Naturalist Meg Scanlon
Cost: Free!
Size: 25 people maximum
Ages: 5 and up (children must be registered with a parent or guardian)
Info: Join us and enjoy this winter day as we snowshoe around Latodami and learn how to identify plants in winter. Bring your own snowshoes or just plan to walk along with us. Dress well for outdoor weather. Call for more information 724-935-2170.

Young Nature Explorers – “Winter Wonderland”
When: Tuesday, January 9, 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Where: North Park Latodami Nature Center
Instructor: Allegheny County Naturalist Meg Scanlon
Cost: Free!
Size:10 children maximum
Ages: 3 to 6 years (children must be registered with a parent or guardian)
Info: Hands-on, outdoor program designed to introduce children to our natural world. Dress well for outdoor weather. Call for more information 724-935-2170.

Young Nature Explorers – “Winter Wonderland”

When: Tuesday, January 9, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Where: North Park Latodami Nature Center
Instructor: Allegheny County Naturalist Meg Scanlon
Cost: Free!
Size: 10 children maximum
Ages: 3 to 6 years (children must be registered with a parent or guardian)
Info: Hands-on, outdoor program designed to introduce children to our natural world. Dress well for outdoor weather. Call for more information 724-935-2170.

Pine Cone Bird Feeders
When: Monday, January 15, 5:30 pm-7:00 pm
Where: North Park Latodami Nature Center
Instructor: Allegheny County Assistant Naturalist Matt Trudeau
Cost: $3.00
Size: 15 people maximum
Ages: 5 and up (children must be registered with a parent or guardian)
Info: Enjoy watching and helping our feathered friends during the winter season by making pine cone bird feeders to take home. We will use wild bird seed, peanut butter and locally sourced pine cones for our winged winter residents. (Allergy Alert: peanuts as well as other seeds). Call for more information 724-935-2170.

Over The Log Nature Crafts – “For The Birds”

When: Thursday, January 25, 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Where: North Park Latodami Nature Center
Instructor: Allegheny County Assistant Naturalist Debra Rudolph
Cost: $3.00
Size: 15 people maximum
Ages: 5 and up (children must be registered with a parent or guardian)
Info: Have fun learning more about birds and our natural world and, using natural objects, make unique craft items to take home. Call for more information 724-935-2170.

Pine Cone Bird Feeders
When: Friday, January 26, 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Where: North Park Latodami Nature Center
Instructor: Allegheny County Assistant Naturalist Matt Trudeau
Cost: $3.00
Size: 15 people maximum
Ages: 5 and up (children must be registered with a parent or guardian)
Info: Enjoy watching and helping our feathered friends during the winter season by making pine cone bird feeders to take home. We will use wild bird seed, peanut butter and locally sourced pine cones for our winged winter residents. (Allergy Alert: peanuts as well as other seeds). Call for more information 724-935-2170.

Tracks ‘n Scat n’ This ‘n That Wetland Snowshoe Walk
When: Saturday, February 3, 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Where: North Park North Dakota Shelter
Instructor: Allegheny County Naturalist Meg Scanlon
Cost: Free!
Size: 25 people maximum
Ages: 5 and up (children must be registered with a parent or guardian)
Info: Join us and enjoy this crisp day as we snowshoe around Wahdo:Gwas Wetland to learn the secret life of animals in winter through the discovery of tracks, scat and nibble marks. Bring your own snowshoes or just plan to walk along with us. Dress well for outdoor weather. Call for more information 724-935-2170.

Young Nature Explorers – “Tracks and Scat”
When: Tuesday, February 13, 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Where: North Park Latodami Nature Center
Instructor: Allegheny County Naturalist Meg Scanlon
Cost: Free!
Size: 10 children maximum
Ages: 3 to 6 years (children must be registered with a parent or guardian)
Info: Hands-on, outdoor program designed to introduce children to our natural world. Dress well for outdoor weather. Call for more information 724-935-2170.

Young Nature Explorers – “Tracks and Scat”

When: Tuesday, February 13, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Where: North Park Latodami Nature Center
Instructor: Allegheny County Naturalist Meg Scanlon
Cost: Free!
Size: 10 children maximum
Ages: 3 to 6 years (children must be registered with a parent or guardian)
Info: Hands-on, outdoor program designed to introduce children to our natural world. Dress well for outdoor
weather. Call for more information 724-935-2170.

Pine Cone Bird Feeders
When: Tuesday, February 20, 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Where: North Park Latodami Nature Center
Instructor: Allegheny County Assistant Naturalist Matt Trudeau
Cost: $3.00
Size: 15 people maximum
Ages: 5 and up (children must be registered with a parent or guardian)
Info: Enjoy watching and helping our feathered friends during the winter season by making pine cone bird feeders to take home. We will use wild bird seed, peanut butter and locally sourced pine cones for our winged winter residents. (Allergy Alert: peanuts as well as other seeds). Call for more information 724-935-2170.

Over The Log Nature Crafts “Get Acorny”
When: Thursday, February 22, 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Where: North Park Latodami Nature Center
Instructor: Allegheny County Assistant Naturalist Debra Rudolph
Cost: $3.00
Size: 15 people maximum
Ages: 5 and up (children must be registered with a parent or guardian)
Info: “Tall oaks from little acorns grow.” Have fun growing and learning more about our natural world and, using acorns and other natural objects, make unique craft items to take home. Call for more information 724-935-2170.

Maple Syrup Making Demonstration
When: Saturday, March 10, 11:30 pm – 1:00 pm
Where: Marshall Township Knob Hill Park
Instructor: Allegheny County Naturalist Meg Scanlon
Cost: Free!
Size: 15 people maximum
Ages: All ages (children must be registered with a parent or guardian)
Info: Using “home style” methods, we will show you how to identify and 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. Great for scout groups. Dress well for outdoor weather. Call for more information 724-935-2170.

Young Nature Explorers – “Maple Syrup Making”

When: Tuesday, March 13, 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Where: North Park Latodami Nature Center
Instructor: Allegheny County Naturalist Meg Scanlon
Cost: Free!
Size: 30 people maximum
Ages: 3 to 6 years (children must be registered with a parent or guardian)
Info: Hands-on, outdoor program designed to introduce children to our natural world. Dress well for outdoor weather. Call for more information 724-935-2170.

Young Nature Explorers – “Maple Syrup Making”
When: Tuesday, March 13, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Where: North Park Latodami Nature Center
Instructor: Allegheny County Naturalist Meg Scanlon
Cost: Free!
Size: 30 people maximum
Ages: 3 to 6 years (children must be registered with a parent or guardian)
Info: Hands-on, outdoor program designed to introduce children to our natural world. Dress well for outdoor weather. Call for more information 724-935-2170.

Seed Spreading Habitat Project
When: Wednesday, March 21, 11 am-1:00 pm
Where: North Park Latodami Nature Center
Instructor: Allegheny County Assistant Naturalist Matt Trudeau
Cost: $5.00
Size: 15 people maximum
Ages: 5 and up (children must be registered with a parent or guardian)
Info: Help improve our wildlife habitats by spreading native wild flower and grass seeds throughout our field and meadows. Great as a scout conservation project. Dress well for outdoor activity. Call for more information 724-935-2170.

Seedling Sale - North Area Environmental Council
Every year, the North Area Environmental Council offers low cost plant materials to the public. These plants are specially selected for the modern landscape and to provide benefit to wildlife species. The pre-order deadline for purchasing is April 7th. Pick-up date for ordered plants is April 28th, from 9 am to 12 pm at Latodami Nature Center. For more information call 724-935-2170 or go to the NAEC website: https://naecwpa.org/

Over The Log Nature Crafts – “Natural Egg Dyes”
When: Thursday, March 22, 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Where: North Park Latodami Nature Center
Instructor: Allegheny County Assistant Naturalist Debra Rudolph
Cost: $3.00
Size: 15 people maximum
Ages: 5 and up (children must be registered with a parent or guardian)
Info: A symbol of renewal and spring, come today to colour and decorate eggs using natural dyes. Call for more information 724-935-2170.

Maple Syrup Making Demonstration
When: Saturday, March 24, 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Where: North Park Latodami Nature Center
Instructor: Allegheny County Naturalist Meg Scanlon
Cost: Free!
Size: 25 people maximum
Ages: All ages (children must be registered with a parent or guardian)
Info: Using “home style” methods, we will show you how to identify and 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. Great for scout groups. Dress well for outdoor weather. Call for more information 724-935-2170.

Maple Syrup Making Demonstration
When: Saturday, March 24, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Where: North Park Latodami Nature Center
Instructor: Allegheny County Naturalist Meg Scanlon
Cost: Free!Size: 25 people maximum
Ages: all ages (children must be registered with a parent or guardian)
Info: Using “home style” methods, we will show you how to identify and 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. Great for scout groups. Dress well for outdoor weather. Call for more information 724-935-2170.

Seed Spreading Habitat Project
When: Friday, March 30, 11 am-1:00 pm
Where: North Park Latodami Nature Center
Instructor: Allegheny County Assistant Naturalist Matt Trudeau
Cost: $5.00
Size: 15 people maximum
Ages: 5 and up (children must be registered with a parent or guardian)
Info: Help improve our wildlife habitats by spreading native wild flower and grass seeds throughout our field and meadows. Great as a scout conservation project. Dress well for outdoor activity. Call for more information 724-935-2170.

Stewards of the Park Day
When: Saturday, April 7, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Where: North Park Latodami Nature Center
Instructor: Allegheny County Naturalist Meg Scanlon
Cost: Free!
Size: 25 people maximum
Ages: 5 and up (children must be registered with a parent or guardian)
Info: Join us to accomplish a wide variety of wildlife and habitat improvement activities. Great for scout groups. Dress well for outdoor work. Call for more information 724-935-2170.

Young Nature Explorers – “Planting for Pollinators”

When: Tuesday, April 10, 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Where: North Park Latodami Nature Center
Instructor: Allegheny County Naturalist Meg Scanlon
Cost: Free!
Size: 10 children maximum
Ages: 3 to 6 years (children must be registered with a parent or guardian)
Info: Hands-on, outdoor program designed to introduce children to our natural world. Dress well for outdoor weather. Call for more information 724-935-2170.

Young Nature Explorers – “Planting for Pollinators”
When: Tuesday, April 10, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Where: North Park Latodami Nature Center
Instructor: Allegheny County Naturalist Meg Scanlon
Cost: Free!
Size: 10 children maximum
Ages: 3 to 6 years (children must be registered with a parent or guardian)
Info: Hands-on, outdoor program designed to introduce children to our natural world. Dress well for outdoor weather. Call for more information 724-935-2170.

Signs of Spring Hike

When: Tuesday, April 17, 10:00 am-11:30 am
Where: North Park Latodami Nature Center
Instructor: Allegheny County Assistant Naturalist Matt Trudeau
Cost: Free!
Size: 15 people maximum
Ages: 5 and up (children must be registered with a parent or guardian)
Info: Join Assistant Naturalist Matt Trudeau for a great signs of spring nature adventure. Dress well for outdoor activity. Call for more information 724-935-2170.

Signs of Spring Hike
When: Tuesday, April 17, 6:00 pm-7:30 pm
Where: North Park Latodami Nature Center
Instructor: Allegheny County Assistant Naturalist Matt Trudeau
Cost: Free!
Size: 15 people maximum
Ages: 5 and up (children must be registered with a parent or guardian)
Info: Join Assistant Naturalist Matt Trudeau for a great signs of spring nature adventure. Dress well for outdoor activity. Call for more information 724-935-2170.

Over The Log Nature Crafts - "Get Buggy with Natural Insect Hotels"

When: Thursday, April 19, 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Where: North Park Latodami Nature Center
Instructor: Allegheny County Assistant Naturalist Debra Rudolph
Cost: $3.00
Size: 15 people maximum
Ages: 5 and up (children must be registered with a parent or guardian)
Info: Enjoy learning more about insects and their homes and, using natural objects, make unique craft items to take home. Call for more information 724-935-2170.

Beginning Birding
When: Saturday, May 5, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Where: North Park Latodami Nature Center
Instructor: Allegheny County Naturalist Meg Scanlon
Cost: Free!
Size: 25 people maximum
Ages: 5 and up (children must be registered with a parent or guardian)
Info: Join us today to learn how easy it can be to identify birds in your yard. Bring binoculars if you have them. Dress well for outdoor weather. Call for more information 724-935-2170.

Young Nature Explorers – “Early Birds”

When: Tuesday, May 8, 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Where: North Park Latodami Nature Center
Instructor: Allegheny County Naturalist Meg Scanlon
Cost: Free!
Size: 10 children maximum
Ages: 3 to 6 years (children must be registered with a parent or guardian)
Info: Hands-on, outdoor program designed to introduce children to our natural world. Dress well for outdoor weather. Call for more information 724-935-2170.

Young Nature Explorers – “Early Birds”

When: Tuesday, May 8, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Where: North Park Latodami Nature Center
Instructor: Allegheny County Naturalist Meg Scanlon
Cost: Free!
Size: 15 children maximum
Ages: 3 to 6 years (children must be registered with a parent or guardian)
Info: Hands-on, outdoor program designed to introduce children to our natural world. Dress well for outdoor weather. Call for more information 724-935-2170.

Signs of Spring Hike

When: Tuesday, May 15, 6:00 pm -7:30 pm
Where: North Park Latodami Nature Center
Instructor: Allegheny County Assistant Naturalist Matt Trudeau
Cost: Free!
Size: 10 people maximum
Ages: 5 and up (children must be registered with a parent or guardian)
Info: Join Assistant Naturalist Matt Trudeau for a great signs of spring nature adventure. Dress well for outdoor activity. Call for more information 724-935-2170.

Signs of Spring Hike

When: Friday, May 18, 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Where: North Park Latodami Nature Center
Instructor: Allegheny County Assistant Naturalist Matt Trudeau
Cost: Free!
Size: 15 people maximum
Ages: 5 and up (children must be registered with a parent or guardian)
Info: Join Assistant Naturalist Matt Trudeau for a great signs of spring nature adventure. Dress well for outdoor activity. Call for more information 724-935-2170.

Signs of Spring Hike

When: Friday, May 18, 6:00 pm-7:30 pm
Where: North Park Latodami Nature Center
Instructor: Allegheny County Assistant Naturalist Matt Trudeau
Cost: Free!
Size: 15 people maximum
Ages: 5 and up (children must be registered with a parent or guardian)
Info: Join Assistant Naturalist Matt Trudeau for a great signs of spring nature adventure. Dress well for outdoor activity. Call for more information 724-935-2170.

Signs of Spring Hike

When: Monday, May 21, 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Where: North Park Latodami Nature Center
Instructor: Allegheny County Assistant Naturalist Matt Trudeau
Cost: Free!
Size: 15 people maximum
Ages: 5 and up (children must be registered with a parent or guardian)
Info: Join Assistant Naturalist Matt Trudeau for a great signs of spring nature adventure. Dress well for outdoor activity. Call for more information 724-935-2170.

Signs of Spring Hike

When: Monday, May 21, 6:00 pm-7:30 pm
Where: North Park Latodami Nature Center
Instructor: Allegheny County Assistant Naturalist Matt Trudeau
Cost: Free!
Size: 15 people maximum
Ages: 5 and up (children must be registered with a parent or guardian)
Info: Join Assistant Naturalist Matt Trudeau for a great signs of spring nature adventure. Dress well for outdoor activity. Call for more information 724-935-2170.

Over The Log Nature Crafts – “Fungus Among Us”

When: Thursday, May 24, 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Where: North Park Latodami Nature Center
Instructor: Allegheny County Assistant Naturalist Debra Rudolph
Cost: $3.00
Size: 15 people maximum
Ages: 5 and up (children must be registered with a parent or guardian)
Info: Enjoy learning more about one of nature’s decomposers and, using natural objects, make unique craft items to take home. Call for more information 724-935-2170.

Turtle Conservation

When: Saturday, June 2, 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Where: North Park Latodami Nature Center
Instructor: Allegheny County Naturalist Meg Scanlon
Cost: Free!
Size: 25 people maximum
Ages: All ages (children must be registered with a parent or guardian)
Info: Turtles are amazing animals. Learn all about their special features and the role they play in our local ecosystems. Also, learn about Latodami’s Box and Wood Turtle Conservation and Propagation Project. Dress well for outdoor weather. Call for more information 724-935-2170.

Young Naturalists Summer Program Registration Day

When Registration starts: Monday, June 4, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
How to Register: by phone at 724-935-2170
Size: Limit of three children per phone call
Ages: 9 – 15 years
Info: This is the registration day for the June 18-20, June 25-27, July 16-18, July 23-5, and August 6-8 programs. Select one three-day program. All programs take place from 10:00 am-2:00 pm and will be held at Latodami Nature Center. Hands-on, outdoor experiences, investigations and adventures in field, forest and aquatic habitats. Registration starts on June 4 at 9 am and ends when classes are filled, and is by phone only by calling 724-935-2170. There will be no exceptions to the registration procedure.

Young Nature Explorers – “Forest Fun”

When: Tuesday, June 12, 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Where: North Park Latodami Nature Center
Instructor: Allegheny County Naturalist Meg Scanlon
Cost: Free!
Size: 10 children maximum
Ages: 3 to 6 years (children must be registered with a parent or guardian)
Info: Hands-on, outdoor program designed to introduce children to our natural world. Dress well for outdoor weather. Call for more information 724-935-2170.

Young Nature Explorers – “Forest Fun”
When: Tuesday, June 12, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Where: North Park Latodami Nature Center
Instructor: Allegheny County Naturalist Meg Scanlon
Cost: Free!
Size: 10 children maximum
Ages: 3 to 6 years (children must be registered with a parent or guardian)
Info: Hands-on, outdoor program designed to introduce children to our natural world. Dress well for outdoor weather. Call for more information 724-935-2170.
 
NEW! Check out our new weather station, created by Brody Knight for his Eagle Project, 2014, and get up to date weather data from the Nature Center:
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