Welcome to the Official Website of
Latodami Nature Center!
This site was created to inform the Public of our 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 January through March
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 January through March
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.
January 9 – North Park - Winter Forbs and Trees ID Walk, 1 pm to 3 pm. Part of our Forest Bathing in the Parks offerings. Birds and other wildlife make use of all kinds of plants to survive this, the coldest month of the year. Join us today as we identify plants in winter. Pre-register.
January 12 – 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. What You See and Don’t See – Tracks, signs, winter survival of wildlife and hibernation. Pre-register.
January 13 – 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.
January 23 – Knob Hill Park in Marshall Township – Snowshoe Nature Hike, 10 am to 12 pm. To register, call 724-935-3090. If you can walk, you can snowshoe, it is that easy to do. Sign up for this family friendly snowshoe hike to explore nature in winter. Bring your own snowshoes or just plan to walk along with us. Pre-register.
January 23 – North Park - Tracks ‘n Scat ‘n This ‘n That Snowshoe Hike, 2 pm to 4 pm. Snowshoe with us as we journey through Latodami’s habitats to investigate nature in winter. Bring your own snowshoes or just plan to walk along with us. Pre-register.
January 30 – Hartwood – Tracks ‘n Scat ‘n This ‘n That Snowshoe Hike, 1 pm to 3 pm. Learn more about the natural wonders of this beautiful park as we traverse snowscapes on snowshoe. Bring your own snowshoes or just plan to walk along with us. Pre-register.
February 6 – Deer Lakes – Tracks ‘n Scat ‘n This ‘n That Snowshoe Hike, 1 pm to 3 pm. Join us on this snowshoe adventure to search for clues of wildlife activities. Bring your own snowshoes or just plan to walk along with us. Pre-register.
February 9 – 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. Winter Fun - Fun in the snow and learning about the water cycle. Pre-register.
February 10 - Deer Lakes - Nature Walk, 10-12. Part of our Forest Bathing in the Parks offerings. Leisurely stroll to learn more about the plants and wildlife of the park. Pre-register.
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.
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:
NOTICE: We are having increased misuse of Nature Center property by dog walkers. Droppings are not being picked up and removed and the incidence of off-leash dog walkers is becoming a major nuisance. Multiple encounters, as reported by staff and the general public, of aggressive approaches by off-leash dogs is increasing.
Please feel free to contact the Park Police at 724-935-1902 for any violations of the off-leash ordinance. You may also contact the Parks Department to register a complaint at 412-350-2478.