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.

May 14, 2018 • 7:15 p.m.

Please join us when we will host Mr. Dave Nolin for his presentation of “Discovery and Renewal on Huffman Prairie: Where Aviation Took Wing.”

A native of Fairborn, Ohio, he attended Wright State University, graduating with a Bachelor and Master degrees in Biology.

Dave worked for the Five Rivers MetroParks for thirty years and was responsible for habitat management and land acquisition. He negotiated and acquired over 7,000 acres of new natural areas and conservation easements for the agency. Living in Dayton, Ohio with his wife Catherine, and with their son Jacob working in China, Dave retired in 2015. He now volunteers for several conservation entities including Greene County Park District, Centerville-Washington Park District, Beaver Creek Wetlands Association, BW Greenway Community Land Trust, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Five Rivers MetroParks, and Upper River Fund of the Dayton Foundation.

June 11, 2018 • 7:15 p.m.

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.

Saturday, May 5, 2018, 10:00 a.m.

Wildflower Wanderings at Moraine State Park McDanel's Launch Area, Butler County 

Leader: Bonnie Isaac; Cell- 724-944-7160; E-mail:  IsaacB@CarnegieMNH.Org

Directions: Travel I-79 north to Exit 96/ Portersville. And turn right onto PA 488. Continue 1.2 miles and turn left onto Pleasant Valley Road at the Moraine State Park sign. Continue 0.8 miles to US422 west. Continue west on US422 for 2 miles to the North Shore ramp. Keep right to continue on McDanels Road. Turn right onto McDanels Road and continue to boat launch. Meet by the North Country Scenic Trail near the purple martin houses along the entrance road.

GPS coordinates: 40.96620, -80.12570

McDanel’s is a popular area, but many people may be overlooking delicate gems of spring in the nearby woods. We will explore the woods along a portion of the North Country National Scenic Trail, hunting for these beautiful flowers of spring. 

Sunday, May 6, 2018, 1:00 p.m.

Butler-Freeport Trail, Monroe Road Trailhead, Butler County

Leader: Adam Haritan of

Adam is a wild-food enthusiast, researcher, forager, leader of educational walks, and a blogger on 

Directions: From Pittsburgh: take PA-28 North to Exit 17 (PA-356/Butler/Freeport). At end of ramp, turn right to travel PA-356 for a little less than a mile. At the Sheetz, turn right onto Monroe Road and travel about 0.8 mile and turn left into a driveway for the Buffalo Creek Nature Center, just before the bike trail. 

GPS coordinates: 40.70760, -79.71310

Monday, May 7, 2018, 10:00 a.m. 

Wolf Creek Narrows, Butler County 

Leader: Dianne Machesney,; cell: 412-523-0368; home: 412-366-7869

Directions: From Pittsburgh take I-79 north to Exit 105. At the end of the ramp turn left on PA 108. Travel east on PA 108 for about 0.7 miles to West Park Road (Dairy Queen on the right). Turn left onto West Park Road (SR 1015) and drive north about 1.8 miles to SR 1020 (you can see some large silos on the right). Turn right on SR 1020 (Miller Road) and drive about 1.7 miles to the small parking lot on the right. (SR 1020 is a winding road and at an almost T intersection, turn right to stay on SR 1020.) If you reach the bridge, you have gone too far. The parking lot is just before you reach the bridge over Wolf Creek.

GPS coordinates: 41.06370, -80.08820

Saturday, May 12, 2018, 1:00 p.m. 

Limestone Run, S.G.L. 51 near Dunbar, Fayette County

Leader: Loree Speedy, 724-518-6022 cell;

Directions: Exit the I-76 PA Turnpike at Exit 75 New Stanton and head south on US 119 to Connellsville. Once you cross the bridge over the Yough just before Connellsville, set your mileage. Continue on US 119 south for 3.5 miles to a make a left turn onto Dunbar Road at the traffic light. Proceed downhill and through the town of Dunbar by following signs to Ohiopyle (right after the RR tracks, left at the stop sign). From the stop sign, proceed 3 miles on the state road (passing a shooting range on the left) to a dirt game land road. The paved road turns to the left, but you will turn right-ish onto the dirt game land road, just before a game commission facility. (If you pass the Public Hunting sign, turn around safely). Continue along this road about 1 mile to the parking area at the end. 

GPS coordinates: 39.94478, -79.57903 (This is the beginning of dirt game land road. Continue 1 mile to parking area.)

Saturday, May 19, 2018, 1:00 p.m. 

Cedar Creek Gorge, Westmoreland County 

Leader: Mark Bowers, cell 724-454-4012;

Directions: From Pittsburgh, travel PA 51 south to its junction with PA 201 (just after Bill's and Willowbrook Plaza). Continuing on PA 51, travel 2 additional miles to the traffic light for Concord Lane (gas station and Burger King on left) and turn left. (This traffic light at Concord Lane can also be reached by I-70 exit 46B and continuing north on PA 51 for a very short distance). Traveling on Concord Lane, bear right at fork and then turn right onto Municipal Drive. Continue about 0.6 mile past Timm’s Lane, and turn left into the main entrance to Cedar Creek Park. Follow this road downhill, cross the bike trail, and turn left to continue through a series of parking lots until you reach the farthest parking lot, near the Gorge Trail.

GPS coordinates: 40.17830, -79.77820

Cedar Creek, known for Snow Trillium in March and Bluebells in April, has many interesting calciphiles in the upper slopes and an explosion of Few-flowered Valerians on the floodplain in mid-May.

Saturday, May 26, 2018, 10:00 a.m. 

A Day With the Allegheny Highlands
Botanical Art Society

North Park, Allegheny County

Allegheny Highlands Botanical Art Society is a regional chapter of the American Society of Botanical Artists ( The group was organized to provide an educational and social forum for members to improve their artistic skills and increase their botanical knowledge. The group has invited us to join them for a day of botanical exploration.  

At 10:00 a.m. we head out to the trail of the arboretum to share our knowledge of flowers and trees. Back at the picnic grove, the artists will discuss their techniques and craft. Bring a picnic lunch.  

Directions: From PA 8 north of Pittsburgh, travel north about 7 miles from Etna to Wildwood Road. Turn left onto Wildwood Road. After 2.7 miles, turn left onto a park road (across from the ice cream store) for the Juniata Shelter on the right.

From I-279 north of Pittsburgh, exit I-279 at Exit 4/McKnight Road and travel McKnight Road 4.5 miles to Babcock Boulevard. Continue north on Babcock Boulevard about 3 miles to a major intersection/stoplight in North Park and turn right. Continue a short distance and turn right (across from the ice cream store) onto a park road for the Juniata Shelter on the right. 

GPS coordinates for Juniata Shelter #54: 40.59280, -79.99520

BSWP Scheduled Field Trips 

Details Coming Soon

  • June 9, 2018: Coopers Rock in West Virginia with Allison Cusick, near Morgantown, WV
  • June 10, 2018: McCune Trail, Ohiopyle State Park, Fayette County
  • June 16, 2018: Chalk Hill Bog, S.G.L. 51, Fayette County
  • June 23, 2018: Eden Hall Campus, Chatham Untiversity, Gibsonia, Allegheny County with Bonnie Isaac
  • July 21, 2018: Duff Park from the new entrance, Murrysville, Westmoreland County
  • July 28, 2018: Celebrate the Bloom at Jennings Prairie, Jennings Environmental, Butler 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