Botanical Society of Western Pennsylvania


BSWP Meetings

The Society meets monthly from September through June.

Directions to 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

BSWP Field Trips

Saturday, August 12, 2017, 9:00 a.m. 
Pleasant Valley Park, Murrysville 

Leader: Kyle Selcer of Duquesne University's Bayer School of Natural & Environmental Sciences 

Directions: From Pittsburgh, take I-376 east until it joins US22 east. Heading east through Murrysville on US22, make a right onto Trafford Rd at a traffic light and the McDonalds on left. Travel over the highway bridge and bear left at the Y onto Pleasant Valley Road. Continue on Pleasant Valley Road for about 1.2 miles, bearing right at the next Y. The park entrance is on the left side of the road, lined on both sides by a wooden split-rail fence. GPS coordinates: 40.41033, -79.68962. 

Saturday, August 19, 2017, 9:30 a.m. 

Youghiogheny River Canoe and Kayak Trip
Westmoreland County 

Coordinator: RSVP to Billie Moser; dewey4301_AT_yahoo_DOT_com or 724-325-1946 by August 12 

Shuttle and Rental: Yough Outfitters; 724-872-7585 or visit their website at

Note that there are two steps required to attend this field trip: 1. RSVP to Billie Moser and 2. Arrange for Shuttle and/or rental at Yough Outfitters. 

Join Tom and Billie Moser of the Westmoreland Bird and Nature Club for birds, botany, bugs and more along the Youghiogheny River for a seven mile trip from Smithton to West Newton. Blue Monkshood will be blooming! 

We will meet in the outfitter parking lot at 9:30 a.m. to sign up, pay & load canoes. The shuttle to Smithton Beach will leave promptly at 10 a.m

Costs with shuttle: Canoe/Tandem Kayak: $50; single kayak: $30; shuttle only: $18/person. 

Boat owners: You may bring your own canoe or kayak but you must call Yough Outfitters to arrange for the shuttle. Also, you must contact Billie Moser to RSVP for the trip. 

Boat renters: You may arrange for a rental canoe or kayak at Youghiogheny Canoe Outfitters. Call 724-872-7585 or visit their website at Don’t forget to contact Billie Moser to RSVP for the trip. 

Please read the Waiver of Liability Form in preparation to signing it prior to leaving. On the Yough Outfitters website, select the Documents tab, and download the form. 

When renting a kayak or arranging a shuttle with the outfitters, do not indicate that you are renting as a group with the Botanical Society or the Westmoreland Bird and Nature Club. Instead, you are renting or shuttling as an individual. i.e., there are no kayaks or shuttles reserved for our groups. So reserve early! 

Bring a lunch to eat at Cedar Creek. Dress accordingly and wear shoes that can get wet. No FLIP-FLOPS please! No rain date. 

October 14, 2017, 10:00 a.m.
Duff Park Tree walk

Westmoreland County
A trek to learn trees and see the Botanical Society's tree sign on the Eastern Hemlock. 

In planning:
Canoe trip, Ernst Seeds tour and more!

Registration for Botanical Society field trips is not required. Everyone is welcome, including non-members. Trips last 3 to 4 hours but one can leave at any time. For questions, call the field trip leader or Loree Speedy at 724-872-5232/home; 724-518-6022/cell or

All members are invited to provide their e-mail addresses to receive information and periodic updates of additional field trips scheduled throughout the year. Please send an e-mail to if you are not on the list.

Other Pennsylvania Events

Invasion Biology: Paths to Conservation and Restoration Success
August 1–2, 2017

Juniata College, Huntingdon, PA

This year, the Mid-Atlantic Invasive Plant Council is partnering with the Society for Ecological Restoration, Mid-Atlantic Chapter to host its 2017 conference. 

Registration opens soon. Go to:

A PA Botany Workshop

Aquatic Plants of Pennsylvania

August 24, 2017 8 9:00 a.m.–4:45 p.m.
Ives Run Visitor Information Center
Tioga, PA 16946-9733

Instructor: Timothy A. Block, Ph.D., The John J. Willaman Chair of Botany, Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania

The two-fold purpose of this workshop is to foster a greater appreciation for the ecological roles and diversity of vascular plants inhabiting the waters of Pennsylvania, and introduce participants to the observational and technical skills necessary to identify aquatic plants to species. For more information and to register online, go to