Botanical Society of Western Pennsylvania


BSWP Meetings have moved to a different location

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.

January 12
,  2015 • 7:15 p.m.

Joe Stavish, community education coordinator for Tree Pittsburgh, an urban forestry non-profit is our January speaker. Joe will discuss the Urban Forest in Pittsburgh, the environmental services provided by trees, some stress issues, pests and disease that trees face, and general tree care. He will introduce the Tree Tenders certification program, the seedling nursery, and discuss educational, and volunteer opportunities with the group.

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.

New Year's Day Field Trip

Thursday, January 1, 2015, 1:00 p.m.
North Park, Irwin Road, Allegheny County

Leader: Richard Nugent: rmnugent at live.com412-487-5549

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!

This 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.

2015 Rare Plant Forum
Save the Date!

Saturday, April 11 • 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Room 112 Forest Resources Building
Penn State University, State College, PA

Please check the Rare Plant Forum page on the PA Botany site for more information as it develops.