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.

September 8
, 2014 • 7:15 p.m.

Jessica Rohrdanz, Environmental Education Specialist at Point State Park, will present “The Landscape of Point State Park”. Learn more about the native plants beds in Point State Park, including why certain plant species were chosen, and the history of the landscape design for the park. Point State Park is now a part of the Pittsburgh Renaissance Historic District (National Register of Historic Places) due in part to its landscape design as an urban park.

BSWP Field Trips

Saturday, September 20, 2014 10:00, AM
Raccoon Creek Wildflower Reserve
Beaver County

Leader: Shane Miller

Directions: From Pittsburgh, take the Parkway West (I-279 south/ US 22-30) to the Airport Expressway (PA 60). Continue past the Airport exit to Exit 7 (Clinton). At the end of the ramp, turn left and continue 1.1 miles to US 30. Turn right onto US 30 and drive 4.7 miles to the entrance for the Wildflower Reserve, on the right, just over a hill. Meet at 10:00 a.m. in the parking lot.

Friday & Saturday, September 27, 2014
Duff Park Bioblitz
Murrysville, Westmoreland County

Members of the Botanical Society of Western PA are invited to participate in a Bioblitz that Dr. Kyle Selcer of Duquesne University has planned in Murrysville’s Duff Park. This informative and educational event, with participation by many specialists and experts, will run from early afternoon on Friday September 26 through early afternoon on Saturday September 27.

For more details about the Bioblitz, go to


2014 Pennsylvania Botany Symposium

November 7–8, 2014
Penn Stater Conference Center
State College, PA

Please mark your calendars for the second biennial Pennsylvania Botany Symposium! The PA Botany Symposium Committee is currently working to develop another exciting program. If you would like to be added to their email list for updates on the program, registration or lodging information please go to Continue to check the symposium's web page for sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities as more become available.