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2014 EVENTS 



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
during the
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. 
(No Program scheduled on Veterans Day, November 11, 2014)

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


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


 10/4  Arboretum Service Day
Meet at Grant Grove off Wildwood Road.  Assist in this 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.  Bring loppers or bow saws if you have them.
Pre-registration required.  To register call 724-935-2170.
Sponsored by Latodami Nature Center and World Wide Web Icon Friends of North Park  

10 am - Noon

 10/16  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
Pre-registration required. 

10 am - Noon

10/16  Thursday Adult Nature Walk Presentation
Meet at the Ranch House
Pre-registration required.
To register call (724) 935-2170

  1 - 2 pm

10/24  Unhaunted Night Hike
Pre-registration required.
 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.

7 pm - 9 pm

10/31  Tennis
Season End


 11/6 - Mid-March  Ice Skating Season Start 
Weather & Conditions Permitting 

North Park Tree Planing
Meet at Orchard Lawn grove (intersection of Lake Shore Drive and Walter Road)
World Wide Web Icon Friends of North Park is partnering with the World Wide Web Icon Western PA Conservancy and World Wide Web Icon TreeVitalize to plant trees in North Park on Saturday, November 8 from 9:00 am to Noon.  We will be planting 25 trees in the vicinity of the 2 dog parks.  These trees will be 8-15 feet tall and weigh up to 200 pounds.  We need to recruit 20-25  volunteers to help with this project.  Volunteers will receive instruction and work together as teams.  All tools and supplies will be provided, and the holes for the trees will be dug in advance by the Allegheny County Department of Public Works. Wear boots or sturdy shoes. Plan on getting dirty and having fun!

To volunteer, register at World Wide Web Icon Western PA Conservancy or call 724-544-7284.

Noon lunch at Miller grove (on Pearce Mill Road across from skating rink) thanks to World Wide Web Icon NAEC

8 am - Noon
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Sakura Tree Planting
By Pearce Shelter & Latrobe Shelter (near the Boathouse)
We will be planting young cherry and other native trees; mulch, water, stake and install deer protectors.
Clothing: Work clothes you can get dirty (Sakura Project T-shirts are welcome!), work gloves, shovels.
Light refreshments will be served at the end of planting. To help us plan, please RSVP to Email Graphic Yoko Motoyama.  To lighten our environmental impact, please bring your own cup and chopsticks or utensils.

Since 2009 they have planted a total of 313 trees (190 flowering cherry trees and 123 other trees). Their goal is to plant 250 cherry trees commemorating Pittsburgh's 250th anniversary, which was in 2008, as well as many native and other park trees. 

World Wide Web Icon Pittsburgh Sakura Project  

10 am - Noon

North Park Trail Workday
Meet in J.C. Stone Field Parking Lot
Come out and help build a lower trail section on the J.C. Stone hill.  Clearing, raking, and possibly some rock armoring.

What to Bring: gloves, wear sturdy footwear, long pants and long sleeve shirt, eye protection is encouraged and water bottle.
World Wide Web Icon Pittsburgh Trails Advocacy Group (PTAG) 

9 am - Noon

Fall Hikes Led by World Wide Web Icon Pittsburgh Trails Advocacy Group (PTAG)World Wide Web Icon L.L. Bean and World Wide Web Icon Friends of North Park  
Meet at the Olympia shelter on Pearce Mill Rd across from the skating rink. (Map)
Join us as we venture into the fall landscape of beautiful North Park. Two levels of hikes will be available to choose from on this day. 

Easy Hike:  This hike will be approximately 3 miles and will explore the Latodami Nature Center areas using the Wahdo:Gwas Wetlands, Braille Trail, Meadow Trail, and Marshall Lake Trail.
Moderate Hike:  This hike will be along the PTAG managed shared-use trails of the North Ridge.  Our journey will begin on the blazed "Red/Blue Dot" trail and returns on the blazed "Red" trail.  This hike will vary in distance depending on the group. It could range between 5 to 7 miles.
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1 pm
11/16 PTAG Volunteer Appreciation Day
Meet at Rose Barn
You've worked your body hard to maintain the region's trails in 2012.  Join us at the Rose Barn in North Park to reward your mind and stomach.  Hikes, bike rides, food, beverages, prizes and more!
World Wide Web Icon Pittsburgh Trails Advocacy Group (PTAG) 
11 am

Deer Management Panel Discussion
North Park World Wide Web Icon Lodge
World Wide Web Icon Friends of North Park is hosting World Wide Web Icon NAEC annual meeting and a panel discussion on the important subject of deer management in North Park and our surrounding communities.  Participating panelists include: Jeannine Fleegle, PA Game Commission (Deer Biologist); Gary Fujak, PA Game Commission (Wildlife Conservation Officer); Dr. Susan Kalisz, Professor of Evolutionary Ecology (University of Pittsburgh); and Brian Wolyniak, Penn State Extension (Urban Forester).

Deer management can be a controversial topic, and this presentation will provide a forum to discuss several aspects of the issue, from the health of the deer herd to the health of the overall ecosystem. Deer ecology and biology will be presented, as well as the associated damage of deer coexisting in our suburban environments.  This includes damage due to browsing on residential ornamentals and local forests, and health and human safety issues such as vehicle collisions and Lyme Disease.

Deer management techniques successfully employed in other areas will also be discussed, as well as what you can do to protect your landscaping from deer browsing.  You will also hear in some depth about the importance of the woodland regeneration required to maintain our valued urban/suburban/park forests.

6:30 pm to 8:30 pm;
Meeting starts at 7:15 pm
11/22  Naturalist Badge Activities
Pre-registration required.
Not just for Boy Scouts, this program will have participants learning more about the interrelationships of plants, animals and local habitats. Meet at Latodami Barn.
10 am - Noon
11/22  The Gathering of a Palindrome
Pre-registration required.
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. Meet at Latodami Barn.
1 pm - 3 pm
11/26 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
11/30 Fall Golf
Season End


12/1 - Mid-March Winter Golf Season
Weather & Conditions Permitting 
12/3 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
12/6  Naturalist Badge Activities
Pre-registration required.
Not just for Boy Scouts, this program will have participants learning more about the interrelationships of plants, animals and local habitats. Meet at Latodami Barn.
10 am - Noon
12/6  Seed Sowing
Pre-registration required.
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. Meet at Latodami Barn.

Christmas Bird Count
Pre-registration required.
Meet at the Rose Barn Parking Lot.
To register call (724) 935-2170
Sign up to take part in the ongoing research to document winter birds in North Park. No experience necessary.

7:30 - 11:30 am
1 - 4 pm