Latodami Nature Center!
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 2016, go to our "Handouts" page.
Here is a quick look at March through May
2016 public programs. Please take note of the park where they are offered:
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, Hartwood and Deer Lakes 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 March through May
All programs require pre-registration due to limited space or materials.
For a complete listing for North, Hartwood and Deer Lakes Parks, go to the Handouts page and open the 2016 program listings
§WEEKLY! North Park - 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.
§March 8 - North Park – 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. Demonstrations will focus on home production for the family. Accomplishes Webelos Forestry Badge. 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 19 – North Park – How Sweet It Is, Maple Syrup Making Demonstrations, 10 am to 11:30 am & 1 pm to 2:30 pm. Using simple household materials, you will learn everything you need to know to make your own maple syrup at home. Fulfills Webelos Forestry Badge requirements. 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 for sale to improve wildlife habitats around your home, school or camp. Pick up day is April 23 from 9 am to 12 pm at Latodami Nature Center Barn. For a 2016 plant list, go to: 2016 Seedling Sale or go to the NAEC website: naecwpa.org
©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.
»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 12 – North - 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 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.
§April 16 – North - 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 – North - “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 - North Area Environmental Council Seedling Sale Pick Up Day, 9 am to 12 pm. See March 20 for ordering information.
§April 23 – North - 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.
©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 7 – North - 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 – North - “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 – North - 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.
©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.
»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.
For a complete listing of programs offered through the end of the year, go to the "Handouts" page.
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: