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.
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.
January 12, 2015 • 7:15 p.m.
A resident of Butler County, Joe received a BS in natural resource management from Slippery Rock University with an emphasis in Environmental Education. Previously, Joe worked as Education Director for 8 years at Powdermill Nature Reserve, the 2,200 acre field research station of Carnegie Museum of Natural History. He has enjoyed employment with the Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania and the Allegheny County Parks Department.
February 9, 2015 • 7:15 p.m.
Our speaker, John Stuart, is a retired ophthalmologist who began studying mushrooms after eating delicious morels 8 years ago. Wanting to learn more, he joined the Western Mushroom Club and has been chairman of the Education Committee giving courses and lecturing on mushrooming and is a past president of the club.
This talk is “Mushroom – Friend and Foe”. Mushrooms are essential for the health of our forests, both as recyclers and nutrient sharing partners. They can also be harmful parasites. Some are excellent highly prized edibles but others can be deadly to unsuspecting people who ingest the wrong species. Learn about this fascinating group of fungi just in time for the spring season.
Thursday, January 1, 2015, 1:00 p.m.
North Park, Irwin Road, Allegheny County
Directions: From PA 8 north of Pittsburgh, travel north about 7 miles from Etna to Wildwood Road. Turn left onto Wildwood Road and travel 3 miles to a major intersection and stoplight in the park at Babcock Boulevard. Turn right onto Babcock Boulevard, continuing a short distance to a parking lot on the left side of Babcock Boulevard, just after the turn for Pearce Mill Road.
Alternatively, travel I-79 north to Exit 73-Wexford. Turn right onto PA 910 and continue 5 miles to Babcock Boulevard. Turn right onto Babcock Boulevard and travel 2.7 miles to the parking lot on the right, just before Pearce Mill Road.
For the last ten or so years, we have been enjoying botany and nature on New Year’s Day!
trip could be canceled due to unsafe driving conditions; to learn if
the trip is canceled when weather conditions are uncertain, please call
Richard at 412-487-5549 the day of the hike.
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Penn State University, State College, PA
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