Area Outdoor Activities and Educational Events

All BOC events are open to the public. When participating in Butler Outdoor Club events, it is assumed that all participants are responsible for their own safety and of their dependents(such as children) at the event. The facilitator is simply providing an opportunity for everyone to enjoy the event together and is not assuming responsibility or liability for the safety of the participants. All travel is not part of the event and is done at your own risk. To be considered as participating in our events all leaders must fill out a waiver form and all participants must read and sign that form.
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Mar 6 Meet at 5:00PM at the Jennings Environmental Education Center Office for a 1 hour ramble before the monthly BOC meeting. We’ll cross Big Run on the new 2 span, 60’ foot bridge, hike a bit of the NCT and return after checking out the prairie and its 12-acre expansion. The prairie expansion increases the habitat for a local population of Eastern Massasauga Rattlesnake (a Federally threatened species). Steve Smith
Mar 6 BOC monthly meetings are 6:30 pm social, 7:00 pm announcements and program promptly after announcements on the first Wed. of each month usually at the Butler YMCA, lower level meeting room, 339 N. Washington, St. Butler, Pa. Each meeting includes outing announcements, a featured speaker and slideshow or outdoor educational program and is open to the public.
March 6 - Join us at the Jennings Environmental Education Center at 6:30pm for our March member meeting. Our program will feature Shaun Busler, a Geographic Information Systems professional, will review the changes that have occurred at Jennings Relict Prairie over the last 80 years. This ecosystem is a unique habitat within the deciduous forests of Pennsylvania. The prairie was discovered in 1905 by Dr. Otto Emery Jennings, a botanist from the Pittsburgh Carnegie Museum, and is valued for several unique species, including the Dense Blazing Star and Massasauga rattlesnake. The Center will be open all day beginning at 7:30am; stopy by before the meeting to visit and hike, etc. Wil Taylor, Center Manager, will also be on hand to give us a tour of the newly remodeled building, point out the new exhibits and elaborate on future projects relating to the prairie. Please do not bring food or drink to this meeting.
Mar 11 The Butler Outdoor Club Board Meeting will be held on March 11, 2019 at 6:00 pm in the YMCA Trustees Room. Everyone is welcome.
Mar 16
Backpacking the Hickory Creek Trail. We will be hiking the 12 mile Hickory Creek loop trail in the Hickory Creek Wilderness over two days. Contact Joe Hardisky at

  Other Area Outdoor Activities and Events

These events are listed for public information and are not sponsored nor endorsed by the Butler Outdoor Club. We assume no liability for anything that happens if you participate in these activities.
Mar 9 Clarion NCTA Chapter Hike: For the March 9 hike will meet at the Bryners Mill road trail head. At 10 AM we will shuttle hikers to Kaber road.They will then hike 8 miles back to their cars on Bryners Mill trailhead. To get there turn south at the light in Shippenville,follow road to the end. Dave Galbreath
Mar 13 The Butler NCTA Chapter March Meeting will be held on March 13, 2019 at 6:30 pm in the YMCA Trustees Room. Everyone is welcome.
Mar 21 Moraine State Park event - Thursday, March 21, 2019 6:30 pm-8:00 pm. Volunteer Kickoff Meeting. South Shore Office Moraine State Park. Learn how to get involved by volunteering at Moraine and McConnells Mill State Parks! If your interests are trail work, native plants, special events, living history, etc. - come and learn more. New and seasoned volunteers are all welcome. Meet at the South Shore Office, 225 Pleasant Valley Road, Portersville.
Mar 23 Evening Jennings Program: Owl Prowl and Woodcock Watch; Bartramian Audubon Society Field Trip on Saturday, March 23; 7:00 - 9:00 PM - Free; No Registration Required. Join members of the Bartramian Audubon Society and Jennings staff for this owl prowl and woodcock watch. After a brief indoor presentation the group will venture out onto the prairie area trails in hopes of hearing owls and seeing the male woodcocks demostrating their courtship display. The program is free, and pre-registration is not required. Be sure to dress for the weather.
Apr 4
Keystone Trail Association Trail Care Thursday through Sunday on the North Country Trail in Slippery Rock Gorge at McConnells Mill State Park Leader: Dave Adams email Optional camping at Cheeseman Farm's Breakneck Campground
Apr 6 Regional Park Office Program: Saturday, April 6, 2019 7:00 pm-8:00 pm. Introduction to Reptiles and Amphibians of PA. Park Region 2 Conference Room (528 Prospect Exit off 422). Join local naturalist April Claus as she introduces you to things that creep and slither. This hands-on interactive program introduces you to the reptiles and amphibians of Pennsylvania. Meet and touch some LIVE snakes, toads, turtles and salamanders that are native to Western Pennsylvania.
Apr 13 Moraine State Park event - Saturday, April 13, 2019 1:00 pm-3:00 pm. Winter Weeds Walk. South Shore Park Office. Moraine State Park. Even in earliest spring, the remnants of last year's plants can add beauty to a walk by the lake. Join others as we start at the office and walk to the Sunken Garden Trail for an easy 1.5 mile hike along Lake Arthur looking for dried grasses, seedpods, and other treats of nature. Dress for the weather, and wear sturdy shoes or boots. Meet at the South Shore park office, 225 Pleasant Valley Rd., Portersville, PA 16051.
Apr 20 Moraine State Park event - Saturday, April 20, 2019. 1:00 pm-4:00 pm Earth Day Spring Clean-up Day. Meet at the Park Office (South Shore).Come join us to celebrate Earth Day this year at Moraine State Park. Help Moraine State Park look its best. Bring sturdy shoes, work clothes, work gloves and bring a friend. We have projects for all ability levels and the work party will be on, rain or shine. We have two main projects for the day, one is to weed and mulch our native species garden in front of the park office and the other is to paint and clean-up the First Aid Hut. Bring some snacks, water, and dress for working in the outdoors. Pre-registration is required. To register call the park office at 724 368-8811.
Apr 22 Moraine State Park event - Monday, April 22, 2019 OR Tuesday, April 23, 2019-Wood Duck Workshop 10:00 am-12:00 pm. Meet at Pavilion 4 in Lakeview Beach Area (North Shore). Over the last four years, Specialty Outdoors, an outdoor education program based in Butler, has monitored and improved 100 wood duck nest boxes here at Moraine State Park. Each year the hatching rate has increased and now an average of 300 to 400 young are fledged each year. Russ Cawthorne of Specialty Outdoors will explain how this program insures successful nesting by selecting optimal habitat, box size, location,nesting material, and predator guards. He will also discuss other aspects of the conservation of cavity nesting birds and how you can become a volunteer to help out. Pre-registration required, choose which day you wish to come. To register call the Park Office at 724-368-8811.

Last Updated on Mar 7, 2019
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