Botanical Society of Western Pennsylvania


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Fern Recognition & Ecology Course

Ferns of the Heartland Forest

Highlands Nature Sanctuary
Bainbridge, Ohio

June 23–27, 2014

Spend five days in the field learning to identify diverse ferns and fern allies. Botanist Rick Gardner and Botany Professor Warren Hauk will be your guide to mastering the identification of over 40 species of ferns, club moss, spike-moss, quillwort and horsetail in their appropriate plant communities while visiting some of southern Ohio's most interesting and diverse botanical sites. For more details and to register, go to

BSWP Meetings
have moved to a different location

Our next meeting will be held on September 8, 2014. Till then, enjoy botanizing on our field trips (at right)!

September 2014 through June 2015, BSWP meetings
will be held in the Ford-Mateer Classroom of Carnegie Museum of Natural History, 4400 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA (Oakland), starting at 7:15 p.m. 

The entrance to the parking lot, which is gated, is just past the Museum at the intersection of Forbes and Craig Street. The Ford-Mateer Classroom is reached through the Portal Entry in the rear parking lot area. Once inside the building, the room is located just beyond the Security desk on the left. In addition to the Museum parking lot, which costs $5, there are metered spaces on Forbes Avenue opposite the Museum. From there you will cross the street and walk through the right side of the gates to the parking lot. Continue on the sidewalk to the rear of the building where you will see the sign for "Portal Entry" ahead.

September 8
, 2014 • 7:15 p.m.

Please join us for our first meeting of the next season, when Jessica Rohrdanz, DCNR Environmental Specialist with Point State Park and Allegheny Islands Sate Park, will speak. Please check here, or the next newsletter, for more details soon.    

BSWP Field Trips

Saturday, June 14, 2014, 9:15 AM
Blair Brothers Railroad Trail
Westmoreland County

Directions: From Pittsburgh, travel the PA Turnpike to Exit 91(Donegal). Follow PA 31 east for 3 miles and turn left onto PA 381 North. (Ignore the right-hand turn for PA 381 South). Soon after the left-hand turn, turn left into a trail parking lot, just before the highway bridge.

This is an easy walk through woods and wetland along an abandoned railroad grade.

Westmoreland Bird and Nature Club members are meeting at the 2nd parking lot in Donegal Lake at 9:00 a.m. if you wish to caravan.

Saturday, June 28, 2014, 10:00 AM
Markleysburg Bog, Fayette County

Leader: Loree Speedy, 724-518-6022

Directions: The intersection of US 40 and PA 381 can be reached by traveling US 40 east from Uniontown, or from PA Turnpike Exit 91 (Donegal) by traveling PA 31 east 2 miles to PA 381 south and then to US 40.

At the intersection of PA 381 and US 40, travel US 40 east 6 miles. Look for an oversized sign on the right reading “Truck Warning-Steep Grade.” Turn right at the foot of this sign onto a blacktop driveway into the Mountain Fellowship Center, marked with a blue sign. Continue past the community building on the left and park along the right side of dirt road.

Prepare for wet feet. Protection at least 4 inches over the ankle is recommended as the bog is not deep.


2014 Pennsylvania Botany Symposium

November 7–8, 2014
Penn Stater Conference Center
State College, PA

Please mark your calendars for the second biennial Pennsylvania Botany Symposium! The PA Botany Symposium Committee is currently working to develop another exciting program. If you would like to be added to their email list for updates on the program, registration or lodging information please go to Continue to check the symposium's web page for sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities as more become available.