Indian cucumber in October (photo by Kate St. John)
It’s a great time to get outdoors before the weather changes. Here are just a few of the many things to do — including indoor and outdoor fun.
Oct 16, Tonight: Full Moon Hike, two locations: Boyce Park and Harrison Hills Park, 8-10p. Free. Hike by the light of the moon, led by Allegheny County Park Rangers. Click here for more information.
Oct 22: Acorn Harvesting and Processing Class, at North Park, 1:00p-4:30p. Cost=$45. Learn about acorns and how to make acorn flour. Registration + fee required: Acorn Harvesting And Processing Class & Autumn Foraging Walk
Oct 12 – Dec 3: Project Owlnet banding northern saw-whet owls, at Sewickley Heights Park, Wed,Fri,Sat; Oct 12 to Dec 3, sunset to midnight. Free. Be sure to read the details here. Weather is a factor!
Oct 27: The Great Texas Birding Trail, Rio Grande Valley presented by Jeffrey Hall, at Wissahickon Nature Club, 7:30p. Free. The Lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas teems with unique birds. Program here. Location here. Arrive early to share coffee and snacks.
Oct 30: Annual Outing and Picnic of Three Rivers Birding Club, Moraine State Park, 8:00am. Free. Bring a lunch. Late October is a good time to see ducks and sparrows. Details here.
Nov 4-6: Wings and Wildlife Art Show, at National Aviary. Cost=Aviary Admission; free to members. 34 wildlife artists from five states exhibiting and selling their art. Click here for more information.
Nov 5: Joint Outing of Three Rivers Birding Club and Todd Bird Club, at Yellow Creek State Park, 8:00a. Free. Yellow Creek’s large lake attracts waterbirds and occasional rarities. Details here.
Nov 5-6: Hawk Mountain Outing with PSO (Penna. Society of Ornithology), at Hawk Mountain, Kempton, PA. Free. Watch hawks migrating at one of the best sites in eastern North America. Details here.
Nov 10: Gardens Around the Globe presented by Judy Stark, at Wissahickon Nature Club, 7:30p. Free. Special features of five gardens: Longwood (PA), Stan Hywet (OH), VanDusen (Vancouver,BC), National Botanic Garden (HI) and Powerscourt (Ireland). Program here. Location here. Arrive early to share coffee and snacks.
Nov 18-19, Sign Up Now: Pennsylvania Botany Symposium, at Penn Stater Conference Center, State College, PA. Registration required + cost starts at $100. Brings together amateurs, academics, and those interested in the natural world to share our work and celebrate our botanical heritage. All invited speakers are experts with reputations for being engaging and entertaining. Click here for pricing and registration.
(photo by Kate St. John)