Botanical Society of Western Pennsylvania


BSWP Monthly Meeting Directions

Ford Mateer Classroom of the Carnegie Museum of Natural History

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 $6, there are metered spaces on Forbes Avenue opposite the Museum and along Craig Street that are free after 6 p.m. 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. 

If you do not park in the Museum’s lot, from Forbes Avenue, walk along the right side of the parking toll 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. 

Directions to the Carnegie Museum

March 14, 2016 Meeting at 7:15 p.m.

Andy Moore will present “The Pawpaw: In Search of America’s Forgotten Fruit.”

Andrew Moore grew up in Lake Wales, Florida, just south of the pawpaw’s native range. A writer and gardener, he now lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He was the news editor and a feature writer for Pop City, a weekly news e-magazine in Pittsburgh, and his stories have been published in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, The Daily Yonder, and the Biscayne Times.

Andy has written a book dedicated solely to the pawpaw. Called Pawpaw: In Search of America’s Forgotten Fruit, he combines natural history with an investigation into the pawpaw’s prospects as a commercial crop.

BSWP Field Trips

Sunday, February 28, 2016, 1:00 p.m.

Hemlock Trail Natural Area
Laurel Hill State Park, Somerset County

Leader: Mary Ann Pike, cell 412.855.8239

Travel the PA Turnpike I-76 east to Exit 91 (Donegal). Turn left at the exit ramp. Travel PA 31 east for 11½ miles to turn right onto Trent Road. Continue on Trent Road for 1.7 miles to the Laurel Hill State Park entrance on right. Follow this road for a little less than one mile to a paved parking lot on the right. GPS coordinates: 40.00840, -79.23259

We will hike through the Hemlock Trail Natural Area, a stand of old growth eastern hemlock trees along the banks of Laurel Hill Creek.

This trip could be canceled due to unsafe driving conditions; to learn if the trip is canceled when weather conditions are uncertain, please call Mary Ann at 412.855.8239 the day of the hike.

Sunday, April 3, 2016, 1:00 p.m.

Sewickley Creek sandstone cliffs
at Hutchinson, Westmoreland County

Leader: Mark Bowers; 724-454-4012

Meet at West Newton trailhead of the Great Allegheny Passage trail.

Directions: Take the PA Turnpike east to Exit 75 (New Stanton). Head west on I-70 to Exit 51B for PA 31 West. Follow PA 31 (becomes PA 136) about 4 miles west to West Newton and cross the bridge over the Youghiogheny. Meet at the trailhead on the left. Or travel PA 51 south to PA 136 and head east (left at ramp) for about 4 miles to West Newton. Turn right into the trailhead parking lot just before the bridge.

We will caravan to the small village of Hutchinson to hike an old railroad grade for about two miles to impressive cliffs along the Sewickley Creek for Snow Trillium.

Mark your calendars for More BSWP Field Trips. More trip details to follow!

Saturday, May 21, 2016 • 10:00 a.m.

Moraine State Park, 528 Trailhead, Prospect exit.