Botanical Society of Western Pennsylvania


BSWP Meetings

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

March 12, 2018 • 7:15 p.m. Please join us at the next meeting when we will host Dr. John Soluri. when he will present "The Banana: Rumors of its Extinction have been greatly exaggerated."

Dr. Soluri is an Associate Professor in the Department of History at CMU. Professor Soluri's research and teaching explore the relationship between social and environmental change in Latin America with a particular focus on the commodification of biological organisms. He is currently researching and writing a book centered on animals, markets, borders, and environmental change in Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego (1800-2000). His book, Banana Cultures: Agriculture, Consumption, and Environmental Change in Honduras and the United States (2005), won the George Perkins Marsh award for best book awarded by the American Society for Environmental History. He is a founding member of SOLCHA, the Society for Latin American and Caribbean Environmental History and a board member of Building New Hope, a Pittsburgh-based NGO promoting fair trade, small-scale agriculture and education in the Americas.

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.

Sunday, March 18, 2018, 1:00 p.m.

Little Sewickley Creek near Herminie

Westmoreland County

This is a favorite trip for early spring ephemerals and Snow Trillium (Trillium nivale). The walk is easy along an old railroad grade.

Directions: Take the PA Turnpike to Exit 67-Route 30/Irwin/Greensburg. Take the Route 30 East/Greensburg ramp. At the first stoplight on Route 30, turn right onto Arona Road, then another right after 0.5 mile onto unmarked Wendel Road. Travel this road 3.7 miles to a T. Turn right at the T and continue 1 mile to Herminie to a 4-way stop (VFD on corner). Continue straight to the next stop sign and turn left. Proceed through 2 more stop signs, end at a T, and turn right. Continue past the Dairy Queen on your right and continue down a hill. We will meet just before the highway bridge. Park on the left side.

These directions are difficult as roads are unmarked and state roads through Herminie sometimes look like alleys.

If you can use them, the GPS coordinates will likely take you by a more direct route. GPS coordinates: 40.26050, -79.72700.

Sunday, March 25, 2018, 1:00 p.m.

Bavington at Hillman State Park Game Lands, Washington County

Leader: Loree Speedy


Directions: From Pittsburgh, travel Parkway West (I-376, formerly I-279) and exit the Parkway at Exit 60 to continue on US 22 for 10 miles to the Bavington exit. Turn right at the end of the ramp, then left onto Steubenville Pike, and travel one mile to make a sharp right hand turn onto Kramer Road at the Kramer Greenhouse/Raccoon Creek Winery. If you pass this turn, cross the highway bridge and turn around at the Bavington Roadhouse/Inn.

Continue on Kramer Road 0.8 miles and bear left at its intersection with Raccoon Creek Road. Continue 1/4 mile to the intersection with Knowlton Hill Road, where we will meet.

GPS coordinates: 40.43680, -80.36670.

Sunday, April 8, 2018, 2:00 p.m.

Core Arboretum

Morgantown, West Virginia

Leaders: Core Arboretum staff and Volunteers

Pittsburghers can reach Core Arboretum in 1 hour and 15 minutes, so there is no reason not to get a jump on spring by heading south to a mostly old-growth forest on a steep hillside and level floodplain of the Monongahela River.

Visit for more scheduled trips and information if you cannot attend this one.

Directions: From Pittsburgh, take I-79 South to Exit 155 towards WV-7 / West Virginia University. Turn left onto Chaplin Road. Chaplin Road turns slightly right at the Sheetz and becomes US-19 S / Monongahela Boulevard. Travel US 19 S for 1.6 miles to the parking lot for Core Arboretum on the right. We will meet at the parking lot.

GPS coordinates: 39.64690, -79.97740.

BSWP Scheduled Field Trips 

Details Coming Soon

  • Monday, April 16, 2018, 10:00 a.m. - Crouse Run near North Park
  • Friday, April 20, 2018, 1:00 PM - Linn Run State Park, Grove Run Trail
  • Sunday, April 22, 2016, 1:00 PM - Bradys Run Park, Beaver County
  • Saturday, April 27, 2018, 10:00 AM - Raccoon Creek Wildflower Reserve, Beaver County
  • Saturday, April 28, 2018, 10:30 AM - Friendship Hill National Historic Site, Fayette County
  • Sunday, April 29, 2018, All Day! - Enlow Fork Natural Area, Greene County
  • Saturday, May 5, 2018, 10:00 AM - Wildflower Wanderings at Moraine State Park with Bonnie Isaac. McDanels Launch Area,
  • Sunday, May 6, 2018, 1:00 PM - Butler-Freeport Trail with Adam Haritan
  • Monday, May 7, 2018, 10:00 AM  - Wolf Creek Narrows, Butler County
  • Saturday, May 19, 2018, 1:00 PM  - Cedar Creek Gorge, Westmoreland County
  • Saturday, May 26, 2018, 10:00 AM  - A Day With Botanical Artists at North Park Allegheny County
  • Saturday, June 9, 2018: Coopers Rock in West Virginia with Allison Cusick
  • Sunday, June 10 2018: McCune Trail Ohiopyle State Park
  • Saturday, July 21, 2018: Duff Park – new entrance

Special Events

Joint Field Meeting • May 20-24, 2018
Lancaster County, PA

Sponsored by:

  • Botanical Society of America
  • Torrey Botanical Society
  • Philadelphia Botanical Club

Registration Deadline: April 15, 2018

Contact Person:
Link Davis

Get more details and registration form in the full invitation PDF.

The 2018 meeting will explore Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, famed for rich limestone habitats, including Shenk's Ferry, which has one of the best wildflower displays in the northeast. Nearby is the greatest concentration of serpentine sites in the northeast. Serpentine rocks create a chemically distinctive soil that many plants don't tolerate, leaving the scene clear for serpentine specialists, including some that almost never grow off serpentine.  

Cost is approximately $300.00.

Mountain Nature Camp, June 10–16

Oglebay Institute