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Park Office (724) 327-0338, 8798
Permitting Hours:  8:30 am – 4:00 pm
Monday through Friday
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Open Saturdays:
Hours:
 May 10 - Sept. 6
 8:30 am - 4:00 pm (Closed noon-1pm) 
Skiing (724) 733-4665
Wave Pool (724) 325-4667
Naturalist (724) 733-4618

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Boyce Park's 4 Season Lodge 


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Boyce was the first of the regional parks to be dedicated, in 1963. William D. Boyce Park was named after the founder of the Boy Scouts who was born in the area. All the picnic groves and shelters have names with Boy Scout associations: Tenderfoot, Eagle, Den, and even Baden Powell (the founder of the British Boy Scouts).

Boyce serves the populous eastern region beyond Monroeville, and has been outfitted with major recreational features. It is the only location for downhill skiing in the county, with ski lifts, a lodge, and all the amenities. There is a large ski lodge called "Four Seasons," a large recreational complex, and a wave pool. Allegheny County Community College occupies part of the original park property, which was exchanged for adjacent land farther removed from major highways, upon which the wave pool was built.

As much as half of the park is still undeveloped, but long-range plans call for the restoration of the Carpenter homestead - a log house, spring house and barn - and an interpretive center on the life of the pioneers.

In 1976 anthropologists associated with Carnegie Museum of Natural History excavated the site upon which the recreational complex was to be built. The findings included artifacts and some 26 burial sites, and suggested that a village of the Monongahela people occupied the site in the 14th century AD.

Courtesy of R. Jay Gangewere, External Internet Link Carnegie Magazine 


DATE 

2014 EVENTS  TIME 

SPECIAL PROGRAMS

 

Year Round

Check for group events offered by the Nature Center   

Winter

Skiing, Snowboarding & Snow Tubing 
 (Weather & Conditions Permitting)
Call the Snow Hotline for park and snow conditions:
724-733-4665. 

   

MAY 
 

 

5/2 - 10/24 

 Nature Fairy Gardens
(Greenhouse - all ages)

 2-hr sessions
for 12 or more,
Tues.-Sat.

5/3 - 5/4

Allegheny County Marbles Program
Picnic Hut Facility
Contact: Permit Office at (412) 271-3110 

1 - 3 pm

5/9 - 10/18 

 Wetlands
(All ages)

 1-hr. sessions
for 12 or more,
Tues.-Sat.

5/16 - 5/23 

Journal Memories
(All ages)

1-hr. sessions
for 12 or more,
Tues.-Sat.

5/16 - 9/27 

Wings
(All ages)

1-hr. sessions
for 12 or more,
Tues.-Sat.

5/16 - 10/17 

Environmental Children's Gardening
(Greenhouse - all ages)

 2-hr sessions
for 12 or more,
Tues.-Sat.

5/20 - 10/15 

Insectory Meadow
(Greenhouse - all ages)

2-hr sessions
for 12 or more,
Tues.-Sat.

5/23 - 8/15 

Beyond Borders
(Greenhouse - all ages)

2-hr. sessions
for 12,
Tues.-Sat.

5/28 - 10/8 

Natural Companions
(Greenhouse - all ages)
2-hr. sessions

5/30 - 10/30 

Storybook Gardening
(Greenhouse - all ages)
2-hr. sessions

5/31 - Labor Day

Wave Pool Open
(Weather & Conditions Permitting)

 11:30 am - 7:30 pm

5/31 - 10/24 

Beneficial Corner/Salad Site
(Greenhouse - all ages)
2-hr. sessions

JUNE

 

Sundays

World Wide Web Gif Carpenter Log House
Open for Tours beginning June 2
Free to the public. Donations accepted for maintenance of house & programs.

1 - 4 pm

6/4 - 10/22 

Rain Gardens
(Greenhouse - all ages)

2-hr. sessions

6/6 - 6/20 

Botanical Recipes
(All ages)

1-hr. sessions
for 12,
Tues.-Sat.

6/6 - 9/12 

Kitchen Gardens
(Greenhouse - all ages)

 2-hr sessions
for 12 or more
Tues.-Sat.

JULY

 

Sundays

World Wide Web Gif Carpenter Log House
Open for Tours
Free to public. Donations accepted for maintenance of house & programs.

1 - 4 pm

7/1 

Free Swimming Lessons
Last name A-K
5 years and older

Once a week
(Total of 4 weeks)
10 - 10:45 am

7/3 

Free Swimming Lessons
Last name L-Z
5 years and older

 Once a week
(Total of 4 weeks)
10 - 10:45 am

7/5 - 9/17 

Horticultural Series: Containers
(Greenhouse - all ages)

2-hr. sessions
for 6-8,
Tues.-Sat.

7/10 - 9/20 

Horticultural/Art Therapy
(Greenhouse - all ages)

 1-hr. sessions
for 6-8,
Tues.-Sat.

7/11 - 7/25 

Old-Thyme Herbs
(All ages)

1-hr. sessions
for 12,
Tues.-Sat.

7/11 - 8/22 

Small & Mighty
(All ages)

1-hr. sessions
for 12 or more,
Tues.-Sat.

7/12 - 9/20 

Signing & Stories
(All ages)

1-hr. sessions
for 12,
Tues.-Sat.

7/13

WWW Link Venture Outdoors
Allegheny County Parks Quest Hike Series
Advanced-level series includes a vigorous loop of about 10 miles around Park.
10 am - 4 pm

7/19

9th Annual Trail Fest
(Soccer Field)

Mountain bike rides, trail runs, and hiking

9:30 am - 2:00 pm

7/18 - 9/19 

Summer Natural History Tours/Walks
(All Ages)

 1-hr. sessions
for 12 or more,
Tues.-Sat.

7/19 - 8/29 

Caution Botany
(All ages)

1-hr. sessions
for 12 or more,
Tues.-Sat.

7/24

Movies in the Park Calendar IconWorld Wide Web Icon The Lego Movie
Amphitheatre

Dusk

          TBA Allegheny Foothills Historical Society
Sleigh Unveiling at Carpenter Log House 
           2:30 pm
Tours: 1 pm - 4 pm

AUGUST

 

Sundays

World Wide Web Gif Carpenter Log House
Open for Tours
Free to the public. Donations accepted for maintenance of house & programs.

1 - 4 pm

8/1 - 9/5 

Healing Treasures
(All ages)

1-hr. sessions
for 12 or more,
Tues.-Sat.

8/2

Pennsylvania Resources Council, Inc.
Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event (HHW)
Boyce Park Ski Area Parking Lot

9 am - 1 pm

8/8 - 8/28 

Everlasting Flowers/Sketches/Notes/Photos
(All ages)

1-hr. sessions
for 12 or more,
Tues.-Sat.

TBA

"Gala Workday"
Join PTAG board members and stewards of other parks for a "Gala Workday".  Help by volunteering your time to enhance the beauty of Boyce Park.
Meet at Cub 1 Pavilion (near the main entrance on the right) at 9:30 am; work begins at 10 am.
Food and drink provided by Rivertowne Brewing at 1 pm.
Event Details:  World Wide Web Icon Pittsburgh Trails Advocacy Group (PTAG)

9:30 am

SEPTEMBER

 

TBA

World Wide Web Gif Carpenter Log House
Last day for Tours
Free to the public. Donations accepted for maintenance of house & programs.

1-4 pm

9/1 

Wave Pool
Swimming season end

11:30 am - 5 pm

OCTOBER

 

10/2 - 10/23 

Colors, Shapes & Textures
(All ages)

1-hr. sessions
for 12 or more,
Tues.-Sat.

10/3 - 11/14 

 Autumn Natural History Tours/Walks
(All ages)

 1-hr. sessions
for 12 or more,
Tues.-Sat.

10/4 - 11/1 

Horticultural/Art Therapy
(Greenhouse - all ages)

1-hr. sessions
for 6-8,
Tues.-Sat.

10/4 - 11/14 

Horticultural Series: Collections
(Greenhouse - all ages)

1-hr. sessions
for 6-8,
Tues.-Sat.

10/9 - 11/8 

 Signing & Stories
(All ages)

 1-hr. sessions
for 12 or more,
Tues.-Sat.

10/9 - 11/13 

Signs, Tracks & Homes
(All ages)

 1-hr. sessions
for 12 or more,
Tues.-Sat.

10/10 - 10/24 

Wildflower/Wildlife Habitats
(All ages)

2-hr. sessions
for 12,
Tues.-Sat.

10/16 - 11/13 

 

Woody Plants
(All ages)

2-hr. sessions
for 12,
Tues.-Sat.

Register:
 TBA

Sale Dates:
TBA
 

Cartoon SkisAnnual Ski Swap & Sale
(Buy or Sell!)
Four Seasons Activity Center 
Proceeds benefit the Boyce Park Ski Patrol 

Registration
& Dropoff:
3 - 7 pm
Sale:
10 am - 2 pm

10/31 

Tennis
Season End

 

NOVEMBER

 

11/15 

Map & Compass Hunt/Hike
Orienteering
(All ages)

2 pm

DECEMBER

 

TBA

 Sugar Plum Days 
World Wide Web Gif Carpenter Log House  

Fri: 7-9 pm
Sat: 1-5 pm