Botanical Society of Western Pennsylvania


BSWP Meetings

The Society meets monthly from September through June every second Monday of the month at 7:15 p.m. See directions below.

December 11, 2017, 7:15 p.m.
Annual Holiday Party

Our Wild Foods Holiday Party will be held at the usual meeting time in the Ford-Mateer classroom at Carnegie Museum of Natural History.

For the Holiday Party, members and guests bring an assortment of foods made from something found in the wild. Appetizers, cookies, candies, fruits, and berries — a challenge for the most daring and creative. Join us with or without a wild food offering.

This is also Member’s Night. After feasting, we’ll share our botanical sightings over the year. A member can bring up to 12 slides or digital photos. A slide projector and a digital video projector will be available.

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

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.

BSWP New Year’s Day Field Trip

Monday, January 1, 2018, 12:00 noon

North Park, Irwin Road, Allegheny County

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

Enjoying botany and nature on New Year’s Day is now a BSWP tradition!

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, continuing a short distance to a parking lot on the left side of Babcock, 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 and travel 2.7 miles to the parking lot on the right, just before Pearce Mill Road. 

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.