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Park Office (724) 935-1766, 1971
Permitting Hours:   8:30 am – 4:00 pm
Monday through Friday
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Open Saturdays:
 May 10 - Sept. 6
 8:30 am - 4:00 pm (Closed noon-1pm) 
Boathouse 412-559-3697 (recording)
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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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


5/3 Household Chemical Collection
Swimming pool parking lot
World Wide Web Icon More info
World Wide Web Icon Volunteers Needed 
9am - 1 pm
5/3 World Wide Web Icon Volunteer Appreciation Picnic 
Old Firehouse
For past, present and future volunteers!
Picnic followed by the World Wide Web Icon Annual Public Meeting 
World Wide Web Icon Rachel Carson Trails Conservatory  
1 - 2 pm

2 - 3 pm
5/9  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 possess a smart phone. Meet at the Braille Trail (Nature Access Trail) on Brown Road.
7 pm - 9 pm
5/9 World Wide Web Icon L.L. Bean Evening Outdoor Adventure Club
(Visit the website for activity level & what to bring)
Evening Hike Outing at North Park
Join L.L. Bean on this free outing as we explore the Nature Center sections of North Park.
Meet at North Park Ice Rink Parking Lot
7 pm
5/10 PDF Icon North Park Spring Stewardship Day
Spend a morning helping to clean up litter and remove invasive plant species at various locations in North Park.  Refreshments served at conclusion. Food donations needed.
Volunteers Needed! Contact Email Graphic Gary Rigdon or Email Graphic Robert Habegger.
World Wide Web Icon Friends of North Park and North Area Environmental Council
9 am - Noon
5/12 & 5/13 Allegheny County Marbles Program
Ice Skating Facility, 2nd Floor
M & Tu: 3 - 5 pm
5/17 North Park Fishing Program - North Park Mars Shelter
Free & open to the public. Join Allegheny County and the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission for this fun and educational family fishing festival. Learn how to tie knots, bait the hook, cast and take fish off the hook. You and your family will have the opportunity to fish - no fishing license required! All equipment will be provided. The "catch?" Adults must bring a child, and children must bring an adult. You'll be learning and fishing together!
2 pm - 6 pm
5/29 World Wide Web Icon L.L. Bean Outdoor Adventure Club
(Visit the website for activity level & list of items not supplied)
Evening Paddle at North Park Lake
6:30 - 9:30 pm
5/31 - Labor Day  Swimming Pool Open
(Weather & conditions permitting)
11:30 am - 7 pm
Memorial Day
North Park Boathouse opens for the season!
World Wide Web Icon Kayak Pittsburgh 



12th Annual Backyard Gardener Plant Swap
(North Park Swimming Pool Parking Lot)
Gardeners bring extra perennial, annual and vegetable plants to trade with each other. All plants must be potted and labeled. It's a chance to meet other like minded gardeners and add to your landscape. Gardeners are advised to get there early!
Douglass Oster, The Backyard Gardener
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (412) 779-5861


Noon - 2 pm

6/6 North Trail Night Hike
Our nighttime journey 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. Meet at Latodami Barn.
7 pm - 9 pm
6/21  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.
10 am - Noon
6/21  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.
1 pm - 3 pm
6/21 World Wide Web Icon 17th Annual Rachel Carson Trail Challenge 
  • Full Challenge (34 miles) - begins at 5:50 am
  • Homestead Challenge (18 miles)
  • Friends & Family Challenge (8 miles)

All hikes end with a cookout at Harrison Hills Park
World Wide Web Icon Volunteers Needed!

Times vary


Free Swimming Lessons
Last name A-K
5 years and older
Once a week
(Total of 4 weeks)
10 - 10:45 am

Movies in the Park Calendar Icon World Wide Web Icon Frozen
Pool Parking Lot

Free Swimming Lessons
Last name L-Z
5 years and older
Once a week
(Total of 4 weeks)
10 - 10:45 am
7/9 Junior Golf Championship 
(Golf Course)
7/13 Denny's Trail "Gala Workday"
(Meet where Hemlock Dr meets Peebles Rd. Pull off road on Hemlock across from Peebles.)
9 am - 1 pm
7/17 Men's Golf Championship
(Golf Course)
7/19  Native American Wilderness Skills, Part 1
Pre-registration required.
For more information call (724) 935-2170
7/20 9th Annual Trail Fest

Mountain bike rides, trail runs, and hikes
12 pm - 4 pm
7/26  Native American Wilderness Skills, Part 2
Pre-registration required.
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.
10 am - 2 pm
7/27 Venture Outdoors - Allegheny County Park Hike
Join Bruce Cridlebaugh on this exploration of each of the Allegheny County Parks. These Advanced Level hikes are intended to move at a brisk pace, covering a long distance (10-12 miles) over very hilly terrain. Hikers must be in good physical condition. This is not a casual walk in the park. The route connects the park's outermost trails for a day-long loop hike. In addition to some serious hiking, we will explore the history and specal features of the park. Participants will receive a detailed hiking map of the park.
Cost: $15.00 non-member / $10 member
10 am - 4 pm

Summer Concerts Calendar IconSwingtet 8 featuring the Arthur Murray Dancers
Skating Rink

7:30 pm


8/9  Latodami Barn Birthday Party
Pre-registration required.
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. Meet at Latodami Barn.
Noon - 2 pm
8/9 & 8/10 Please Note: Pool will open at 12:30 pm due to the annual Triathlons in the morning. 
8/9 Triathlon for Kids (Ages 7-15)
Swimming Pool
World Wide Web Icon Pittsburgh Habitat for Humanity of Greater Pittsburgh  
7am - Noon
8/10 Triathlon
Swimming Pool
World Wide Web Icon Baierl Family YMCA  
7:30am - Noon
8/12 Women's Golf Championship
(Golf Course)
8/15 Two Player Scramble
(Golf Course)

World Wide Web Icon Garden in the Parks Field Day
Demonstration Garden - Babcock Blvd. & Wildwood Road
Admission is free! 
There will be children's activities & tours of the annual flower trials, herb, and pollinator gardens. The trials are annual beds that feature plants relatively new or recommended for our zone. They could be heat/drought resistant, deer resistant, a new cultivar or featured color etc. Many of the annuals are donated to the Master Gardeners for the demonstration beds by local nurseries. The Demonstration Gardens offer an opportunity for County residents to see a mature annual, judge how well it does in our area & decide if it is one they might want in their own garden. Residents are invited to place a colored flag, as a vote, by their favorite annual in the demonstration beds. Master gardeners tally the votes and reports the winners in early fall. Local beekeepers will be on-hand with  the Master Gardeners to answer questions. Visitors can taste an array of heirloom and hybrid tomatoes and unique varieties of garlic and basil.
Sponsored by:
Allegheny County Penn State Master Gardeners

9 am - 1 pm


Sept/Oct  Boathouse
End of Boating Season - date depends on weather
Check website - World Wide Web Icon Kayak Pittsburgh 
Open weekends
until season end 
  9/1 - 3/31 

Platform Tennis Season 

9/4 Senior Championship
(Golf Course)
9/27  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
9/27  Seed Collecting
Pre-registration required.
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. Meet at Latodami Barn.
1 pm - 3 pm

12th Anniversary of 9/11 Flag Ceremony
North Park Flag Retirement Plaza
(Babcock Blvd and Wildwood Rd, park along Ingomar Rd)

7 pm

World Wide Web IconNationwide Prescription Drug Take-Back Day 
County Police - North Park Station
   700 West Ridge Drive
World Wide Web Icon More info 
World Wide Web Icon Find more collection sites 

10 am - 2 pm 


 10/4  Arboretum Service Day
Meet at Grant Grove off Wildwood Rd (across from the 7-Eleven) to assist with this service day in memory of Naturalist, Esther Allen. We will be removing smothering overgrowth from select areas throughout the arboretum.
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

TBA Arboretum Tour
Meet at Grant Grove off Wildwood Rd (across from the 7-Eleven)
A tour of this unique Join us as we identify the unusual and rare tree and wildflower species found in this 25 acre site.
Pre-registration required.  To register call (724) 935-2170.
Sponsored by Latodami Nature Center and World Wide Web Icon Friends of North Park  

12:30 - 2:30 pm

10/13  Directors Golf Tournament
Golf Course
Every year on Columbus Day - Open to the public. Cart, greens fees, dinner,
awards and prizes are included.
Benefits Kane Regional Centers 
10 am
 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 Opens
Check the schedule for details.
Weather & Conditions Permitting 
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
World Wide Web Icon Map 

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. 
World Wide Web Icon Pittsburgh Sakura Project 

10 am -  1 pm

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.
World Wide Web Icon Meet Up Link 

1 pm
TBA PTAG Volunteer Appreciation Day
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) 
10 am


12/1 - Mid-March Winter Golf Season
Weather & Conditions Permitting 
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