Botanical Society of Western Pennsylvania


BSWP Meetings

Monday, January 9, 2017, 7:15 p.m.

BSWP member Pia van de Venne will speak to us on "The Wild Flowers of Duff Park."

Pia has been Volunteer Coordinator for the Murrysville Parks since 1999 and President of Friends of Murrysville Parks since 2012. In both functions she has encouraged the removal of invasive plants in all municipal parks, but especially in Duff Park. Pia is a life member of the Mid-Atlantic-Invasive Plant Council, a Forest Steward and a Master Gardener.


BSWP Monthly Meeting Directions
The Society meets monthly from September through June.

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

Allegany Nature Pilgrimage

Friday–Sunday, June 2–4, 2017

Allegany State Park
Salamanca, New York 14779

The 59th Allegany Nature Pilgrimage is sponsored by the Audubon Societies of Jamestown, Buffalo, Rochester and Erie. There are over 50 different walks, talks and programs, including birding, botany, astronomy, geology, family and adult nature walks, bird banding, and fun activities for the young and old alike. Online registration opens soon at

RESERVE YOUR CABINS NOW at Allegany State Park Red House Area.

BSWP Outings. 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.