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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Apr 4 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.
Join us on Wed. April 4 when John Stephen will present the Many Communities One Trail program and the tradition of hikers helping others to get outdoors, get healthier, and discover. John Stephen is the Trail Network Development Manager for the Rachel Carson Trails Conservancy and a founder of the Friends of the Riverfront and the Negley Run Watershed Task Force. The program is intended to encourage and support more collaboration between municipalities, the private sector and volunteers to grow an even larger network of hiking trails and outdoor spaces. Ongoing projects in McCandless and Cranberry will provide an example. The presentation will also share how close we are to a 340 mile western Pennsylvania hiking trail circuit that links the culture, history, landscape, and people of our region.
Apr 7 Saturday, April 7, 2018 BOC Hike We’ll join the Butler Freeport Trail folks on their hike from Laneville to Monroe Rd. Saturday, April 7, 2018 Butler Freeport Trail Hike Meet at 9:00 AM at the Laneville Trailhead. 4-Mile hike (to Monroe Rd w/shuttle) or 8-mile hike (to Monroe Rd and back w/o shuttle). For shuttle service, contact (Trail donation appreciated).
Apr 7
AT Backpacking Trip Stay 4 nights hiking the trail through the state of Maryland. Contact Carol Bickel if interested at
May 19
Vermont Inn to Inn hiking trip. Spend 4 nights hiking the back roads of Vermon with inn stays each night. For more info see Contact Carol Bickel if interested at
May 26
BOC Memorial Day Weekend Campout - Donna Allen has reserved 3 group sites at Black Moshannon State Park for Memorial Day Weekend. This is west of State College, not far off I 80 and near the West Branch of the Susquehanna. Therefore day trips could be done there with canoes and kayaks. The State Park also has a sizable lake with a beach, quite a number of hiking trails of different lengths. The group area has a bathroom with flush toilets and sinks. The bathhouse with the showers is in the individual camping area which Donna was told is not far away. Details later...

  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 30 Jennings EEC Program: Spring Wonder Walk Friday, March 30; 10:00 - 11:30 AM Free; No Registration Required Are you looking for a way to enjoy the outdoors with the kids during their spring break? Do you have holiday visitors who want something fun to do locally? Come to Jennings Environmental Education Center on Friday, March 30 10:00 – 11:30 AM, for some family-friendly, free-wheeling discovery along the park’s trails. Jennings’ staff will lead the group in exploring and experiencing the springtime wonders that might be encountered on this informal, seasonal walk. The program is free, and pre-registration is not required. Meet the group at the nature center building in time to begin promptly at 10 AM. Be sure to dress for the weather, with sturdy, water-resistant footwear and layered clothing for comfort, warmth and to stay dry! Bring your own water bottle and/or snacks if you’d like.
Apr 7 Butler Freeport Community Trail event: Our good friend Val has offered to lead a series of group hikes along the trail. Let’s celebrate Opening Day for Trails on April 7th with a hike from Laneville to Monroe Rd. (just under four miles one way). This is a series of hikes from Freeport to Butler. Don’t miss an opportunity to learn some of the history along the trail. With the leaves down, we will probably see things you have never noticed before. We will be meeting at the Laneville Trailhead by the gate at 9 am. Leashed fur Trail users are welcome. Please bring water and if there is enough interest we can have lunch at Lucy’s Riverside Cafe in Freeport. UPDATED 3-28-18 Option 1-Hike both ways, about 8-Miles. No RSVP needed. Option 2-Shuttle service back to your car courtesy of Workhorse Transport & Outfitter. Donation to the trail would be appreciated. RSVP needed. Please email
Apr 8 Jennings EEC Program: Nature Detectives: Invaders of the Lost Park Sunday, April 8, 2:00 - 4:00 PM Free, public program. Pre-registration IS required. Registration is currently full for this program but a waiting list has been started. Families are invited to become nature detectives, collecting clues in hopes of figuring out who (plants or animals) is invading and taking over the park! After some brief hints from Jennings’ staff about what to look for, teams of participants will investigate “invaded areas” to determine the perpetrators at each location. Jennings’ Nature Detectives programs are designed for families with children age six and older, as well as anyone who is a kid at heart. Children should be accompanied by a parent or other adult. Participants should dress appropriately and prepare for an active, outdoor learning adventure. Register at the DCNR Calendar of Events page, or call 724-794-6011. Register no later than Wednesday, April 4.
Apr 14 Jennings EEC Program: Take Back the Woods: Battling Invasive Species Saturday, April 21, 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM Free, public volunteer event. Pre-registration required by April 13th. Celebrate Earth Day by helping to restore native habitats at Jennings. Invasive plants are a major factor in the decline of native plant species and also impact native animals. Come spend a spring day "weeding out" the invasives at the park. A hearty and delicious lunch, featuring some of these plants, will be provided. Each volunteer also will receive a native plant to take home for their own garden or backyard. Participants must be age 12 or older, and be prepared to work outdoors, rain or shine. Space is limited. Register on the DCNR Calendar of Events page or by calling the Center at 724-794-6011.
Apr 14 Saturday, April 14, 2018 Clarion NCT Chapter Hike Meet at 10:00 AM at the Highland Drive NCT Trailhead. Shuttle provided to Gravel Lick, 6-mile hike back to Highland Drive. Dave Galbreath
Apr 14 Wampum Chapter Guided Hike 6.5 Miles on the NCT Meet 10am at the Hodgson Rd. Trail Head, 251 Hodgson Rd. · Darlington, pa. The trail head is above Crawfords Campground on Hodgson Rd. A 6.5 mile hosted hike with moderate hiking conditions including hilly areas. Meet at 10 A.M., After parking some vehicles at Hodgson Rd., we will shuttle to State Line to begin the hike for a one way, original mileage, ending at Hodgson Rd. This Hike will begin at the State Line and includes state game land 285, passing through Watt’s Mills, ending at Hodgson Rd. All participants will be asked to assist in shuttling based on need. **This Hike is limited to only 25 RSVP participants for safety purposes.** RSVP on Please bring water and a snack to enjoy during the hike. We will take periodic breaks as the group needs. Please wear sturdy footwear and dress for the weather including layers if necessary.
Apr 28 Earth Day Spring Clean-up Day On Saturday, April 28, 2018 from 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm join us at Moraine State Park Office, South Shore. 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. 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.
May 5 Moraine State Park program: Wildflower Wanderings on Saturday, May 5, 2018 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM at McDanels Launch Area, North Shore McDanels is a popular area, but many people may be overlooking delicate gems of spring in the nearby woods. Join members of the Botanical Society of Western Pennsylvania, and park staff, as we explore the woods along a portion of the North Country National Scenic Trail, hunting for these beautiful flowers of spring. Dress for the weather, wear sturdy shoes, and bring a snack or water if you wish. Park in the McDanels area, and meet by the trail near the purple martin houses along the entrance road.
May 6 McConnells Mill State Park Community Program: Conservation Volunteer Gristmill Clean Up on Sunday, May 6, 2018 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM at the Kildoo Picnic Area Thousands of visitors come to enjoy this beautiful landmark every year. Please join us to help get the historic gristmill and surrounding area looking its best for Spring. Volunteers are needed to clean windows, sweep stairs, paint or stain signs or railings, weed, etc. Meet at Kildoo Picnic Area, bring work gloves, snacks, & drinking water - tools will be provided. Please help by showing the park some tender loving care. If you plan to come, please let us know 724 368-8811.
May 12 Volunteers are needed from 5:00am - 9:00pm on Saturday, May 12, 2018, for the Glacier Ridge Trail Ultra that takes place at Moraine and Jennings. Volunteers are also needed the evening before at the pre-race dinner held at Jennings. There are many jobs and many shifts available. You can check out the website,, and contact Kara Plant at her website,, or phone 724 355-8317. All volunteers get a free GRT volunteer shirt.
Jun 8 Moraine State Park Event: Glacier Ridge Trail HikeOn Friday, June 8, 2018 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm meet at the 528 Launch Area at Moraine State Park. Join park staff at the east end of the 528 boat launch (park and go under the bridge). We will explore along the shore of Lake Arthur, then join the North Country Trail in the woods and back, approx. 2.5 miles, with the option of going further on your own on well-marked trails. Dress for the weather, sturdy shoes or boots, and bring water and snack for the trail.

Last Updated on April 7, 2018
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