Weekend & Evening Programs

Powdermill Nature Reserve
1795 PA-381, Rector, PA 15677
Free, no registration required


Pollinator Festival

Saturday, August 5

10 a.m.– 3 p.m.

Powdermill Nature Reserve

How can you attract native pollinators to your garden? What types of insects provide pollination services? Come find out at Powdermill's Pollinator Festival on Saturday, August 5! This free event will include speakers, a huge plant sale, a pollinator walk, activities for children, honey and other bee products, and garden tours. We would love to see you, your friends, and your family there!



10:30 a.m. - Dr. Candy DeBerry, "Intro to Pollination and Pollinators"

11:30 a.m. - Connie Schmotzer, "Planting a Pollinator-Friendly Garden"

1:30 p.m. - Dr. John Wenzel, "Strange Pollination Syndromes"


Pollinator Walk: 12:30 p.m., led by Andrea Kautz

Garden Tours: 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., led by Martha Oliver

Children's Games: 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.


Plant Sale: Laurel Highlands Plant & Pest Management Consortium

Food for Sale: Big Girls BBQ


Storytime and More

Join us at Powdermill Nature Reserve on the first Sunday of each month at 2 p.m. for Storytime and More. Children ages 3 to 9, accompanied by an adult, are welcome to discover the wonders of nature through a picture book read-aloud and then participate in a related game, craft project, or nature walk.  

Sunday, August 6 at 2 p.m. 

Bats at the Ballgame 

Summertime is a great time for bats of both kinds! Come listen to this story of bats taking a swing at baseball. After the story, we will have a taste of the concessions you might find at a bat’s baseball game!


Science and Nature Program and Nature Explorers

Join us in the Parker Room of the nature center on the second Sunday of each month at 2 p.m. for a seasonally relevant nature talk. At the same time, children ages 8-13 are invited into the Netting Classroom to join us for a hands-on investigation of the natural world! Weather permitting, each lecture will be followed by a brief foray into the field for an interpretive hike.

Sunday, August 13 at 2 p.m. 

How have we changed the forest?

In the past century, logging and overabundant deer have dramatically changed the forest community in the eastern United States. We have seen long-lasting shifts in dominant tree species and declines of almost 90% in the understory plant diversity! Powdermill researcher and University of Pittsburgh PhD candidate Michelle Spicer will discuss how these changes came about and explain a current related forest ecology experiment at Powdermill.


Nature at Night

Some kinds of nature are best observed at dusk. Join us on the third Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. for this family friendly program that features a short talk in the nature center followed by an outdoor exploration. Popcorn will be served! Soft drinks will be available for purchase.

Wednesday, August 16 at 7 p.m. 

Nighttime Pollinators

What happens when the sky gets dark? Do the pollinators sleep? Well, yes, but the night shift takes over! Come explore the lives of nighttime pollinators, and head outside with us in search of these evening workers.