North Park
Latodami Nature Center

575 Brown Road
Wexford, PA 15090
(724) 935-2170

 

 All About the Story Pole! 

Unless specifically noted, all programs are appropriate for any age individual, take place outside and start at the Latodami Barn. All programs require pre-registration due to limited space or materials, unless otherwise noted. Although our programs are "rain-or-shine," it is recommended to call for up-to-date information on programs due to changes or cancellations to the schedule. Dress well for outdoor explorations!

A special note about the North Park Latodami Nature Center facilities: we have no running water, no public telephone, there is a handicapped port-a-john in the parking lot. Parking is limited at the Nature Center Barn; for organized groups we recommend carpooling.

For brochures, nature center and wildlife pictures, neat park features information, and other interesting stuff check out the External Internet Link Latodami Nature Center site.

AUTUMN SEASON
(September - December)

 
DATE/TIME  2013 EVENTS 
12/28
7:30 - 11:30 am
and/or
1 pm - 4 pm
Sat.
Christmas Bird Count
Meet at the Rose Barn on Pearce Mill Road to take part in the ongoing research to document winter birds in North Park. No experience necessary. For more information about this important and/or to sign up, please contact North Park Bird Count Coordinator, Bob VanNewkirk at: van126@comcast.net.
Pre-registration required. To register call (724) 935-2170.

YEAR ROUND (January - December)

 
DATE/TIME  2014 EVENTS 
Weekly
Every Thurs.
10 am - Noon
Thursday Adult Nature Walk - 44th Year!!!
Are you looking to learn more about nature, has your doctor recommended that you start exercising more, would you like to meet new people that enjoy the out-of-doors? Originally started as a program for stroke and heart patients, this nature group has expanded to any interested adult. This informal adult nature group meets rain or shine every Thursday of the year. Local naturalists guide these enlightening, leisurely-paced walks. New nature adventures and discoveries every week.
No need to pre-register, just show up with a smile.
Dress well for outdoor walking. Park and meet at Kummer Road Ice Skating Rink parking lot.
Monthly
Second Tues.
of each month
Pre-School Children's Hour
Pre-registration required - to be placed on the waiting list for openings, call (724) 935-2170.
This program is specifically designed to introduce young children to the out-of-doors. This class is very hands-on oriented and we spend most of our time outside for every class.Each child must be accompanied by a parent or guardian who will be actively assisting in teaching/learning process their child. Dress well for outdoor explorations as we do get wet and dirty. Park and meet at the Nature Center Barn.

(No Program scheduled on Veterans Day, November 11, 2014)
Spring through Fall
(Apr. - Oct.)
9:30 - 11 am
& 1 - 2:30 pm
Winter
(Nov. - Mar.)
10 - 11 am
& 1 - 2 pm

WINTER SEASON (January - March)

Winter programs/activities scheduled weather & conditions permitting! 
DATE/TIME  2014 EVENTS 
1/11
12 Noon - 2 pm
Sat.
 Tracks in the Snow Snowshoe Hike
Pre-registration required. 
To register call (724) 935-2170.   
We will be discovering, following and interpreting the tracks and travels of wildlife. Bring the entire family for this fun snowshoe walk. Bring your own snowshoes.
2/4 - 3/14
Mon. - Fri.

Pre-registration
required
 Maple Syrup Making Demonstration - (School, scout & private groups - pre-registration required)
Morning, afternoon and after school hours available. Fulfills Forestry Badge for Webelos and Love Maple Syrup Try-it for Brownies. Using “home style” methods, we will show you how to 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.
Call (724) 935-2170 for more information and group registration.
2/7
7 pm - 9 pm
Fri.
Animals in Winter Nighttime Snowshoe Adventure.
Join us as we look for clues of wildlife on this evening snowshoe adventure hike at Latodami. Bring your own snowshoes. Pre-registration required. To register call (724) 935-2170.
2/22
10 - 11:30 am
12 Noon - 1:30 pm
Sat.
Maple Syrup Making Demonstration - (Public & group programs)
Using "home style" methods, we will show you how to 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.
Call (724) 935-2170 for more information and group registration.
1/25
12 Noon - 2 pm
Sat.

Nest Box Building
Assist in the construction of nest boxes that will eventually be placed throughout habitats in North Park. Bring a portable power drill, if you have one. Meet at the Ranch House on Kummer Road, near the Golf Course. Pre-registration required. To register call (724) 935-2170.

3/8
10 - 11:30 am
Noon - 1:30 pm
Sat.

How Sweet it Is - Maple Syrup Making Demonstrations
Using "home-style" methods, we will show you how to tap the trees, collect and boil down the sap and make it ready. You will learn everything you need to know so you can make your own maple syrup at home. Pre-registration required. To register call (724) 935-2170.

3/15
11 am - 12:30 pm
Sat.
Maple Syrup Making Demonstration - at Marshall Township's Elias Frye Barn
(Public & group program)
Pre-registration required.
Call Marshall Township to register for this program: (724) 935-3090 or World Wide Web Icon register online.

Find out why the season and weather are important to sap production and how to identify trees without their leaves. Using “home style” methods, we will show you how to 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. Dress well for cold weather. Park and meet at Marshall Township’s Elias Frye Barn located off Knob Road in the Marshall Township Community Park.
Pre-order
deadline:
3/22
Pick up date:
4/12
9 am - Noon
North Area Environmental Council Seedling Sale - Pre-ordering required.
Great selection of native trees and shrubs for school and scout groups, or to improve wildlife habitat around your home, school or camp. For more information and 2014 plant list call (724) 935-2170.
Ordered items will be available on the pick up date from 9 am until noon at the Nature Center Barn.
Check the World Wide Web Icon NAEC website for more information.
PDF Icon Event Flyer  
3/29
10 am - 12 Noon
Sat.
 
Spring Cleanup Arboretum Service Day
Assist today in this service day in memory of Naturalist, Esther Allen. We will be removing smothering overgrowth from select areas throughout this unique site. Bring loppers or bow saws, if you have them. Pre-registration required. To register call (724) 935-2170. Meet at Grant Grove on Wildwood Road.

SPRING SEASON (April - June)

 
DATE/TIME  2014 EVENTS 
4/26
10 am - 12 Noon
Sat.
 
Rain Garden Party
Learn about Latodami's new rain garden, its construction, function and value to our community and how you can create one in your yard. Pre-registration required. To register call (724) 935-2170.
4/26
1 pm - 3 pm
Sat.
Apple Blossoms
Celebrate spring and join us today on a leisurely stroll through our "Johnny Appleseed Orchard." You will learn about our older trees, new plantings and the recent Boy Scout improvements in this apple orchard. Pre-registration required. To register call (724) 935-2170.
5/9
7 pm - 9 pm
Fri.
QR Code Woodland Walk at Night
Bring your "smart phone", with QR code app and wireless internet access to participate in this internet narrated interpretive walk of the Braille Trail. Still fun even if you don't have a smart phone. Meet at the Braille Trail (Nature Access Trail) on Brown Road.  Pre-registration required. To register call (724) 935-2170.
6/6
7 pm - 9 pm
Fri.
North Trail Night Hike
Our nighttime jouney will have us exploring old pastures, an apple orchard and up into old crop fields that were important features of Latodami when it was an active farm and learning about how they are now vital components of critical habitats for declining wildlife species. Pre-registration required. To register call (724) 935-2170.
6/21
10 am - 12 Noon
Sat.
Wahdo:Gwas Wetland Inventory and Service
You can help us today in one of two ways, assisting in our annual plant and animal inventory or helping to remove invasive plant species. Call (724) 935-2170 for more information on how you, your family or your group can help today. Meet at North Dakota Education Pavilion on Pearce Mill Road.
6/21
1 pm - 3 pm
Sat.
Wahdo:Gwas Wetland Walk
Learn more about this wetland and all the educational features that have been developed to create new opportunities for nature observation. Meet at North Dakota Education Pavilion on Pearce Mill Road. Pre-registration required. To register call (724) 935-2170.

SUMMER SEASON (July - August)

 
DATE/TIME  2014 EVENTS 
7/19
10 am - 2 pm
Sat.
Native American Wilderness Skills, Part 1
Join Native American presenters, Lee Dingus (Seneca) and Earl Dingus (Cherokee) to learn fundamental survival skills that include lectures and hands-on experience using both traditional and contemporary ways. Pre-registration required. To register call (724) 935-2170.
7/26
10 am - 2 pm
Sat.
Native American Wilderness Skills, Part 2
Join Native American presenters to learn fundamental survival skills that include lectures and hands-on experience using both traditional and contemporary ways. Pre-registration required. To register call (724) 935-2170.
8/9
12 Noon - 2 pm
Sat.
Latodami Barn Birthday Party
It's our barn's birthday!!! One hundred years old!!! Fun activities for the family that will have you learning more about Latodami in its early years. Pre-registration required. To register call (724) 935-2170.

AUTUMN SEASON (September - December)

 
DATE/TIME  2014 EVENTS 
9/27
10 am - 12 Noon
Sat.
Naturalist Badge Activities
Not just for Boy Scouts, this program will have participants learning more about the interrelationships of plants, animals and local habitats. Pre-registration required. To register call (724) 935-2170.
9/27
1 pm - 3 pm
Sat.
Seed Collecting
Large and small, come one, come all and help us gather grass and wildflower seeds from our meadows and wetlands. These precious seeds collected today will be sown on later dates throughout other habitats to increase natural diversity and to be food and shelter for native wildlife. Work gloves are recommended. Pre-registration required. To register call (724) 935-2170.
10/4
10 am - 12 Noon
Sat.
Arboretum Service Day
Meet at Grant Grove on Wildwood Road. Assist today with our annual service day in memory of Naturalist, Esther Allen. We will be removing smothering overgrowth from select areas throughout this unique site that was one of Esther’s favorite North Park destinations.   Pre-registration required.  To register call (724) 935-2170.   
10/16
10 am - Noon
Thursday Adult Nature Walk Fall Foliage Hike 
Meet at the Ranch House on Kummer Road. Walkers will enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of this fall walk along woodland trails around the Golf Course. Dress well as the program is rain or shine.  Pre-registration required. To register call (724) 935-2170
10/16
1 pm - 2 pm
Thursday Adult Nature Walk Presentation
Meet at the Ranch House on Kummer Road. We will be celebrating the 44th year of this walking group with a slide show presentation.  Pre-registration required. To register call (724) 935-2170.
10/24
7 pm - 9 pm
Fri.
Unhaunted Night Hike
Pre-registration required.  To register call (724) 935-2170.
Have fun learning more about nocturnal creatures on our, not so spooky, sensory night hike along the infamous, "Blue Mist Road". Meet at the Beaver Shelter parking area on Babcock Blvd.
11/22
10 am - 12 Noon
Sat.
Naturalist Badge Activities
Not just for Boy Scouts, this program will have participants learning more about the interrelationships of plants, animals and local habitats.
Pre-registration required.  To register call (724) 935-2170.   
11/22
1 pm - 3 pm
Sat.
The Gathering of a Palindrome
We will be gathering as many of these today as possible in order to expand our gardens for our butterfly species. Can you guess what it is? Bring a hand pruner, if you have one. Pre-registration required. To register call (724) 935-2170.
12/6
10 am - 12 Noon
Sat.
Naturalist Badge Activities
Not just for Boy Scouts, this program will have participants learning more about the interrelationships of plants, animals and local habitats. Pre-registration required. To register call (724) 935-2170.
12/6
1 pm - 3 pm
Sat.
Seed Sowing
Have a great time with us tossing grass and wildflower seeds throughout our fields and wetlands. These special seeds will provide wildlife with natural food and shelter and increase biodiversity in our region. Pre-registration required. To register call (724) 935-2170.
12/27
7:30 - 11:30 am
and/or
1 pm - 4 pm
Sat.
Christmas Bird Count
Meet at the Rose Barn Parking Lot on Pearce Mill Road to take part in the ongoing research to document winter birds in North Park. No experience necessary.  For more information and/or to sign up, please contact North Park Bird Count Coordinator, Bob VanNewkirk at: van126@comcast.net.
Pre-registration required.  To register call (724) 935-2170.

Special Group Programming

To schedule your group, call (724) 935-2170.
Scheduling for programs for the year 2014 will begin September 1, 2013. 

Programs (subjects relative to Pennsylvania) are available to school, scout, public and private groups by special request September through May, Monday through Friday, morning, afternoon, and after school hours, on or off site (northern Allegheny County).

Most of these programs can accommodate special needs persons and/or wheelchairs. Most programs will assist teachers in providing to their students the new state-mandated environmental education and ecology standards for Pennsylvania and are specially adapted for your classroom needs.

A reminder about Latodami Nature Center facilities: we have no running water; no public telephone; there is a handicapped port-a-john in the parking lot. Parking is limited at the Barn; for organized groups we recommend carpooling.

Programs available though Latodami Nature Center include:

  • Apples - Classroom apple activities and field investigations of Latodami Farm's remnant and restored apple orchards.
  • Butterfly Meadow - Classroom and field explorations on regional species of butterflies and the special habitats they require.Offered spring and fall.
  • For the Birds - Classroom and field exploration on birds of the region and of efforts in North Park to provide critical habitats for nesting and migrating species.
  • Grassland Ecosystem - A hands-on field program on the restoration and ecology of a vanishing Pennsylvania habitat.
  • Wetlands - A hands-on detailed field program on the wetland ecosystem (yes, we get wet!)
  • Vernal Pools - Hands-on detailed field program on life in and around vernal pools. Offered spring and fall.
  •    Night Hike - Nocturnal ceratures and sensory exploration.
  •    Star Parties - Exploring the night sky with eyes, binoculars and telescopes.
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Other Program Titles: 

  • These are special subject areas, relative to Pennsylvania, with detailed investigations into each; features, adaptations, changes, interrelationships, etc.
    • Forest Study 
    • Wetland Study 
    • Fish Study 
     
    • Reptile Study 
    • Amphibian Study 
    • Pond Study 
     
    • Bird Study 
    • Stream Study 
    • Tree Study 
     
    • Insect Study 
    • Mammal Study 
    • Specific Animal Study
      (one species in detail)
       
     
    • Field/Meadow/Grassland Study 
     
  • The following, relative to Pennsylvania, are general, broad topic programs, providing a lot of information without going into great detail:
    • Habitats 
     
    • Seasonal Discovery 
     
    • Vertebrate Study 
     
    • Plant Study 
     

Schools & Home-Schools:
Programs can be developed to meet curriculum needs for students of any grade level, from one hour classroom presentations to all day outdoor field experiences. Special habitat and trail adoption programs are available to schools and classrooms. Teacher training workshops are also available.

Private:
Private group programming can be developed to meet the interests of the group (e.g.: garden club, nursing/senior home). Volunteer opportunities abound.

Scouts:
Programs are available to Daisy, Brownie, Girl, Cub and Boy Scouts that are looking to accomplish activities that are in their handbooks (e.g.: achievements, electives, badges, try-its, etc.). These active hands-on outdoor programs are usually one hour to two hours in length. Individual and group service projects are available (e.g.: Silver, Gold, Eagle, Hornaday). I am a Boy Scout Merit Badge Councilor for Bird Study, Dog Care, Environmental Science, Fish and Wildlife Management, Forestry, Insect Study, Mammal Study, Nature, Reptile and Amphibian, Soil and Water Conservation.

Call (724) 935-2170 for more information on our volunteer opportunities, service projects, special adoption programs and more!