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Field Trips for January through April 2018
Cancellation Policy: In the event of inclement weather, please call the field trip leader in advance to confirm if the outing is on or canceled. The leaders have the right to cancel. Please check weather reports and road conditions. If there's any question, please call the leaders for confirmation. Car pooling is a good idea. Field trips are free and open to the public.
Sun. Mar. 18 Little Sewicklev Creek For snow trillium and other signs of spring. Directions: Take the PA Turnpike to Exit 67-Route 30/Irwin/Greensburg. Take the Route 30 East/Greensburg ramp. At the first stoplight on Route 30, turn right onto Arona Rd, go 0.5 miles and make another right onto Wendel Rd. (no sign). Travel this road 3.7 miles to a T. Turn right at the T and continue 1 mile to Herminie to a 4-way stop (VFD on comer). Continue straight to the next stop sign and turn left. Proceed through 2 more stop signs, end at a T, and turn right. Continue past the Dairy Queen on your right and continue down a hill; we will meet just before the highway bridge at 1:00 PM. Park on the left side.
Sat. Mar. 24 Winnie Palmer Nature Reserve Join us for a cabin fever walk through the Palmer Reserve and adjoining wetlands at St. Vincent College for waterfowl. Meet at The Palmer Reserve at 10:00 AM. Directions: From the intersection of Route 30 and 981 (at the corner of the Arnold Palmer airport) turn north onto Route 981. Drive about a half mile and turn left at the W. Palmer sign. Go a short distance and turn right into the reserve.
Thur. April 12 Club Meeting Donohoe Center Barn, 7 P.M. Doors open 6:30 P.M. Birds, Bugs and Butterflies of the Rio Grande Valley by our own Nancy Murphy You've all seen Nancy on our field trips. She's the one who is always lugging around the long telephoto lens. Come to enjoy an evening of fine photography.
Sat. April 21, 16th Annual Westmoreland Earth Day 2018 At Winnie Palmer Nature Reserve, Saint Vincent College, Latrobe PA. 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm. The WBNC will have a display there. Westmoreland Earth Day 2018
Wed. April 25 Westmoreland Heritage Trail Saunder Stations Road to BY Park in Trafford. Meet at Giant Eagle in Murrysville. Some members might choose to drive straight to the Saunders Station parking area. The GPS coordinates for the parking lot - 40.4093, -79.7284. The hike will be downstream heading toward Trafford, approximately 2.25-miles (4.5-miles roundtrip). For a lunch break, there's an ice cream shop, Parkside Creamery, at the Trafford end of the trail. Murrysville Giant Eagle is located at the intersection of Old William Penn highway and Cline Hollow road. There's always lots of parking available at the southeast corner of the lot. This is the newly opened portion of the trail last summer from Export to Trafford.
Sat. April 28 Friendship Hill National Recreation Trail For early migrating birds, spring wildflowers, old growth forest, waterfalls and historic buildings and cemeteries. This historic park has over 12 miles of trails. We're going to pick out one that will give us about a 3-mile hike. You can take others on your own. Meet in the Dick's Sporting Store parking lot in the Westmoreland Mall to car pool or caravan in time to leave there at 9:00 AM. Dick's sporting goods is behind the main building. RSVP to Dick Byers if you are going to come so we dont leave without you if you're held up. Contact info is on the front page. If you live south of Greensburg and want to drive directly to the park rather than backtracking to Greensburg, plan on arriving at the park at 10:30 AM in the Gallatin House parking lot Diane Walters, who suggested this outing said the trip takes 154 hours from Greensburg. Email Dick for directions and a map of the park or download them from the Internet.
Sun. May 6 Keystone State Parkís Youth and Family Day Keystone State Park with the support of Friends of Keystone State Park Proudly present a FREE Family Event! Youth and Family Outdoors Show. A fantastic day of learning about wildlife and the outdoors, networking with fellow outdoors people, and encouraging a love of the outdoors in todayís children and families. Exhibitors include: PA Fish and Boat Commission, PA Game Commission, DCNR, Army Corp of Engineers, NRA, Ducks Unlimited, National Wild Turkey Federation, Boy Scouts, various dog groups including bird dogs and coon dogs and even sled dogs, a fly tying demo, a birding group, local sportsmenís clubs and many other area non-profit recreational groups and businesses. Plus a BB gun shoot and an archery range! Everyone is welcome! Free admission, Free exhibits, Free Food, Free Door Prizes, FREE FUN! Sunday, May 6 at 10:00am to 3:00pm Keystone State Park, Pavilion # 1 1150 Keystone Park Road, Derry, PA 15627-3679
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