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Boyce Park

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Park Office (724) 327-0338, 8798
Permitting Hours:
Office Hours:
8:30 am – 4:00 pm
8:00 am – 4:30 pm
Monday through Friday 
Skiing (724) 733-4665
Wave Pool (724) 325-4667
Naturalist (724) 733-4618

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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. 

   

MARCH

 

3/15 

Maple Sugaring Festival!
Pre-registration required.
(Nature Center - all ages)

11 am - Noon
1 - 2 pm

3/16 

Skiing / Snowtubing
Season End

 

3/21 - 4/11 

Horticultural Series: Seeding
(Greenhouse - all ages)
Weather permitting 

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

APRIL

 

4/1 

Tennis
Season Start

 

4/5 - 6/4 

Signing & Stories
(All ages)

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

4/6

Mountain Biking Kick-Off Party
Meet at the Carpenter Log House

1 - 3 pm

4/11 - 6/20 

Spring Natural History Tours/Walks
(All ages)

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

 4/11 - 6/27 

Horticultural/Art Therapy
Greenhouse - all ages)

 1-hr. sessions
for 6-8,
Tues.-Sat.

4/12 - 5/10

Arbor Days
(All ages)

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

4/12 - 6/14 

Senses Awakened
(All ages)

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

4/13

World Wide Web Icon Go Orienteering
A competitive form of land navigation.
Bring a compass or we'll loan you one.
Register at Patrol 1 Shelter 
Map fee: $6 (Free for newbies!)
Sponsored by World Wide Web Icon WPOC  

 
11 am - 3:30 pm

4/22 - 4/26  

 

Earth Activities
(All ages)

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

4/26 - 6/14 

Horticultural Series: Transplanting
(Greenhouse - all ages)

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

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.

TBA World Wide Web Icon 8th Annual Trail Fest (formerly Mountain Bike Festival)

Meet at the Soccer Field.
See PDF Icon event flyer for more details and PTAG membership fund drive information.

World Wide Web Icon Pittsburgh Trails Advocacy Group  (PTAG)
World Wide Web Icon Pittsburgh Off-Road Cyclists (PORC)

Registration:
9:30 am

Rides/Runs/Hikes Leave:
10 am and 11 am

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

7/18 - 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.

          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