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Park Office 724-935-1766, 1971
Permitting Hours:   8:30 am – 4:00 pm
Monday through Friday
Boathouse 412-559-3697 (recording)
 412-969-9090
Golf Course 724-935-1967, 412-961-0512
Ice Skating Rink 724-935-1280
Naturalist 724-935-2170
Swimming Pool 724-935-1951

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DATE 

2015 EVENTS 

TIME 

SPECIAL PROGRAMS

 
Year Round Check for Nature Center group events:
     Latodami Nature Center
     Boyce Nature Center - Marshall Island
 
Every Thursday
of the year
Thursday Adult Nature Walk  10 am - Noon
Wednesdays
during the
summer
Master Gardeners are available to answer gardening questions throughout the summer at the North Park Demonstration Gardens 4 pm - 6 pm
2nd Tuesday
of each month
Pre-School Children's Hour
Pre-Registration Required. To register call (724) 935-2170. 

Apr. - Oct.
9:30 - 11 am &
1 - 2:30 pm
Nov. - Mar.
10 - 11 am
& 1 - 2 pm

MORE EVENTS

 
Check these sites for other upcoming events:
    Blue Arrow World Wide Web Icon North Park Boathouse
    Blue Arrow World Wide Web Icon Pittsburgh Trails Advocacy Group (PTAG) 
    Blue Arrow World Wide Web Icon Rachel Carson Trail Challenge 
    Blue Arrow World Wide Web Icon Venture Outdoors
 

FEBRUARY

 
2/14  Valentine's Day Celebration
Join us for a Valentine's Day Celebration at the North Park and South Park ice rinks. Enjoy 2-for-1 admissions, free Valentine tri-color leis, free commemorative photo booths, and drawings for couples' gift baskets.For More Information, visit www.alleghenycounty.us/winterfun.
7:30 - 9 pm
2/16 - 3/21  How Sweet It Is - Maple Syrup Making Demonstrations
(Nature Center Barn - All Ages)
Pre-registration required.  (School, Scout and Private Groups)
Fulfills Forestry Badge for Webelow and Love Maple Syrup Try-it for Brownies. Program is 1-1/2 hours long. 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.  To register call (724) 935-2170.  
10-11:30 am
& 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm 
2/17  Ice Skating Rink 
Special Hours on Presidents Day
Special Hours:
Noon - 5 pm
2/18  Family Skate
$10 per Family, (2 adults & up to 4 children ages 17 & under) for Allegheny County Residents. $13 per family for non-residents.
North Park Ice Rink & South Park Ice Rink.
4:30 - 7 pm
2/25 

Family Skate
$10 per family (2 adults & up to 4 children ages 17 & under) for County Residents. $13 per family for non-residents.

4:30 - 7 pm
2/26  Adult Nature Walk
Free. Originally started as a program for stroke & heart patients, this nature group has expanded to any interested adult. The informal group meets rain or shine every Thursday of the year. Local naturalists guide these enlightening, leisurely paced walks. New nature adventures & discoveries every week. Dress well for outdoor walking.
Meet at North Park Ice Rink Parking Lot.
10 am - Noon
2/28  How Sweet it Is - Maple Syrup Making Demonstration
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. Meet at Latodami Barn.
10 am - 11:30
& Noon - 2:30 pm
2/28  World Wide Web Icon Venture Outdoors - Advanced Winter Tree ID Walk
$10 for non-members; $6 for Venture Outdoors members. Beginners looking for an easy, rejuvenating experience outdoors will spend an afternoon exploring trails, getting some exercise and discovering something new about the natural world. With experienced guides to lead the way, participants will learn about regional trails that are fun, inspirational and easily accessible. Along the way, we'll learn about the social and natural history of the area. The pace will be slow and we'll cover about 4 miles. This hike is dog friendly. Get more information & register on-line. North Park Latodami Nature Center
10 am - Noon
 Thru Mid-March  Ice Skating Season 
Weather & Conditions Permitting 
 
Wednesdays
Thru Mid-March
Family Skate (Weather & conditions permitting)
Two adults and up to four children ages 17 & under skate for one low price: $10 per family (residents) and $13 per family (non-residents).
4:30 - 7:00 pm
Thru Mid-March Winter Golf Season
Weather & Conditions Permitting 
 

MARCH

 
3/4  Family Skate
$10 per family (2 adults & up to 4 children ages 17 & under) for Allegheny County residents. $13 per family for non-residents.
North Park Ice Rink & South Park Ice Rink.
4:30 - 7 pm
3/5  Adult Nature Walk
Free. Originally started as a program for stroke & heart patients, this nature group has expanded to any interested adult. The informal group meets rain or shine every Thursday of the year. Local naturalists guide these enlightening, leisurely paced walks. New nature adventures & discoveries every week. Dress well for outdoor walking.
Meet at North Park Ice Rink Parking Lot.
10 am - Noon
3/7 

World Wide Web IconVenture Outdoors Rachel Carson Trail Quest #1
$15 for non-members; $10 for Venture Outdoors members. The Rachel Carson Trail snakes 34 miles across northern Allegheny County. It is the most rugged trail in Western Pennsylvania. The trails follows power and gas lines, skirts residential areas, challenges your arches on paved roads, crosses creeks without bridges, meanders through woods and fields and passes along the edge of steep bluffs. Parts of this trail are pretty, parts are wretched, but all of it is surprising!

Every year, 600 people take the Rachel Carson Trail Challenge and complete the full distance in one exhausting day with appropriate bragging rights. This Quest series, led by Bruce Cridlebaugh, lets you hike the trail in four sections in the direction of this year's Rachel Carson Trail Challenge with a bonus fifth hike that features a connection to the still-developing Harmony Trail. On each hike, we will meet at the hike and point and shuttle to the start.  World Wide Web Icon Sign up for the entire five-hike RCT Quest for $40.

This first hike will start in North Park and cover 12.7 miles to Dorseyville. Be aware: This is a very strenuous hike and you need to be in shape to attempt it. The saying is: "If there's a possible worst way for a trail to go, that's where The Rachel goes." This trail includes sections that are very steep with no switchbacks or alternatives.

Dates of the remaining hikes are: Saturday, March 14; Saturday, March 21; Saturday, March 28; and Saturday, April 4.
World Wide Web Icon Get more information & Register on-line
North Park Beaver Shelter

9 am - 3 pm 
3/9  Ice Skating Show, "Dancing Under the Stars"
Ice Skating Rink
Free & open to the public. The show will feature ice skaters who have taken lessons from the Parks Department this season, as well as their instructors. They will showcase their skills, which range from beginner through competive skating levels. Performer ages are pre-school through adults. This year's theme is "Dancing Under the Stars" and will feature ballroom, disco and Broadway musical selections. For details, call 724-935-1280.
7 pm
3/11 Family Skate
$10 per family (2 adults & up to 4 children ages 17 & under) for Allegheny County residents. $13 per family for non-residents.
North Park Ice Rink & South Park Ice Rink.
4:30 - 7 pm
3/14 

World Wide Web Icon Venture Outdoors Rachel Carson Trail Quest #2
This Quest series, led by Bruce Cridlebaugh, lets you hike the trail in four sections in the direction of this year’s Rachel Carson Trail Challenge, with a bonus fifth hike that features a connection to the still-developing Harmony Trail. On each hike, we will meet at the hike end point and shuttle to the start.

This second hike will start in Dorseyville and cover 7.9 miles to Springdale.

Be aware: This is a very strenuous hike and you need to be in shape to attempt it. The saying is: “If there’s a possible worst way for a trail to go, that’s where The Rachel goes.” This trail includes sections that are very steep with no switchbacks or alternatives.

Cost: $15/non-member; $10/member
World Wide Web Icon Get more information & Register on-line 

9 am - 3 pm 
3/14  Maple Syrup Making Demonstration
(Marshall Twp. Ellis Frye Barn - All Ages)
Pre-registration suggested. Call Marshall Township to register for this program: (724) 935-3090. 
11 am - 12:30 pm
3/15  Ice Skating
Season End
9:00 pm
Mid-March  Winter Golf
Season End
 
3/16  Senior Citizen Golf Permits On Sale
Season Locker Rentals On Sale
Golf Course 
 
Thru 3/21 How Sweet It Is - Maple Syrup Making Demonstrations
(Nature Center Barn - All Ages)
Pre-registration required. (School, Scout and Private Groups)
Fulfills Forestry Badge for Webelow and Love Maple Syrup Try-it for Brownies. Program is 1-1/2 hours long. 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. To register call (724) 935-2170.  
10-11:30 am
& 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
 
3/21  World Wide Web Icon Venture Outdoors Rachel Carson Trail Quest #3
This Quest series, led by Bruce Cridlebaugh, lets you hike the trail in four sections in the direction of this year’s Rachel Carson Trail Challenge, with a bonus fifth hike that features a connection to the still-developing Harmony Trail. On each hike, we will meet at the hike end point and shuttle to the start.

This third hike will start in Springdale and cover 9.8 miles to Tarentum.

Be aware: This is a very strenuous hike and you need to be in shape to attempt it. The saying is: “If there’s a possible worst way for a trail to go, that’s where The Rachel goes.” This trail includes sections that are very steep with no switchbacks or alternatives.

Cost:  $15/non-member; $10/member
World Wide Web Icon Get more information & Register on-line 
9 am - 3 pm 
3/28
Pre-order
deadline
 
North Area Environmental Council Seedling Sale
Pre-ordering required.
Pick up at the Latodami Nature Center, For 2015 Plant List, visit: www.naecwpa.org.  
Pick-Up Date:
4/25
9 am - Noon
3/28  World Wide Web Icon Venture Outdoors Rachel Carson Trail Quest #4
This Quest series let’s you hike the trail in four sections in the direction of this year’s Rachel Carson Trail Challenge, with a bonus fifth hike that features a connection to the still-developing Harmony Trail. On each hike, we will meet at the hike end point and shuttle to the start.

This fourth hike will start in Tarentum and cover 7.3 miles to Harrison Hills Park.

Be aware: This is a very strenuous hike and you need to be in shape to attempt it. The saying is: “If there’s a possible worst way for a trail to go, that’s where The Rachel goes.” This trail includes sections that are very steep with no switchbacks or alternatives.

Cost: $15/non-member; $10/member
World Wide Web Icon Get more information & Register on-line 
9 am - 3 pm 

APRIL

 
4/1 - 10/31  Tennis
Season Start
 
4/4 

World Wide Web Icon Venture Outdoors Rachel Carson Trail Quest #5
This Quest series lets you hike the trail in four sections in the direction of this year’s Rachel Carson Trail Challenge, with a bonus fifth hike that features a connection to the still-developing Harmony Trail. On each hike, we will meet at the hike end point and shuttle to the start.

This is the last hike and a bonus to the Rachel Carson Trail. We will hike the 6-mile Harmony Trail starting in North Park.

Be aware: This is a very strenuous hike and you need to be in shape to attempt it. The saying is: “If there’s a possible worst way for a trail to go, that’s where The Rachel goes.” This trail includes sections that are very steep with no switchbacks or alternatives.

Cost: $15/non-member; $10/member
World Wide Web Icon Get more information & Register on-line 

9 am - 3 pm 
4/4
World Wide Web Icon Map  
3rd Annual Pittsburgh Sakura Festival
Pearce ShelterLatrobe Shelter & Boathouse, 2nd floor (near the Boathouse)
Planting three ceremonial young cherry trees and three others. Taiko, music performances, kite flying, folk dancing, tea ceremony, raffle and more! 
World Wide Web Icon Pittsburgh Sakura Project 
8 am - 1 pm
4/25 

Magical Monarchs Family Workshops - Families Untamed: Zoo Nature Club
Pre-registration Required. (Families with children ages 2 - 13)
To register call (412) 365-2527 or e-mail: reservations@pittsburghzoo.org.
This special family program is presented by the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium and is a three part series of fun, nature play activities focusing on Monarh Butterflies. North Park Latodami Nature Barn.

2 pm - 3:30 pm 

MAY

 
5/2 - 5/3  Allegheny County Marbles Program
Ice Skating Facility, 2nd Floor

1 - 3 pm