Powdermill Nature Reserve

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Powdermill Gift Shop Online

Featuring a variety of nature-based items, the gift shop is a great place to find that special treat for yourself or someone else. Click here to view a sampling. 

We love Volunteers! 

Do you have a few hours to spare? Get involved! You can make a tremendous difference at Powdermill Nature Reserve. Powdermill has had a long history of support from hundreds of dedicated volunteers who have been a major part of the Reserve’s programs for more than 50 years. To apply, see the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh volunteer page: http://www.carnegiemuseums.org/interior.php?pageID=142 

Space Rentals 

Consider the beautiful environment and green-certified facilities at Powdermill Nature Reserve for your next event. Visit the facility rentals page for more information.

Support our Mission 

Powdermill is alive! Our headquarters features three major exhibits: Living Stream, demonstrating the purity of our recycled wastewater; the Marsh Machine wastewater treatment system; and the long-anticipated Birds of the Ligonier Valley avian exhibit. Ongoing facility and infrastructure improvements continue as we attract more researchers and expand our educational programming initiatives focused on our mission of research, education, and conservation.

Your gift helps make it possible to fulfill our mission of:

  • Research to help us better understand the ecology and biodiversity of the Ligonier Valley and the mid-Appalachian region
  • Education to communicate scientific research and the critical interdependence between humans and the environment
  • Conservation to steward the land we hold

You can feel the sense of excitement and possibilities in the air at Powdermill! We hope you will help us to continue this momentum with your generosity by making a tax-deductible donation. Your gift in any amount may be made payable to Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh and designated for Powdermill Nature Reserve on the memo line. Please mail to:

John Wenzel
Powdermill Nature Reserve
1847 Route 381
Rector, PA 15677

Powdermill is indeed alive!

Tax Credit for Businesses 

Support from area businesses through the Pennsylvania Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program supports all aspects of these programs and is critical to the continuation of strong and diverse educational programming for learners of all ages. Visit the EITC website for more information about the EITC program. For more information about supporting Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, visit the corporate giving page.