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All visitors age 2 and above will be required to wear masks. Reserve your Timed Tickets today!
We will open at noon on Sunday, September 26.

About Powdermill

Powdermill Nature Reserve is Carnegie Museum of Natural History’s environmental research center. Located 55 miles southeast of Pittsburgh in Rector, Pennsylvania, Powdermill is a field station and laboratory where researchers do long-term studies of natural populations in western Pennsylvania. In addition to being positioned for Appalachian-specific studies in ornithology, ecology, invertebrate zoology, and botany, Powdermill is a great place to spend a fun-filled day outdoors with the family.

Explore the beautiful woodlands around Powdermill, or visit the nature center, which features exhibits that highlight local wildlife, an indoor stream, and a marsh machine that uses a living greenhouse to purify waste water.

Admission to Powdermill Nature Reserve is free.

Nature Center Hours

Winter Hours
Nov. 1 – Mar 31

Wednesday–Saturday: 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Sunday: Noon–4:30 p.m.

Summer Hours
Apr 1 – Oct 31

Tuesday–Saturday: 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Sunday: Noon–4:30 p.m.

Location

GPS Coordinates
+40.160    -79.272

Address         
Powdermill Nature Reserve
1795 Route 381
Rector, PA 15677

Phone
724.593.6105

Hiking & Trails
Trails are open dawn to dusk.

Events at Powdermill

Storytime and More

Woodthrush
September 26, 2:00 pm
Powdermill Nature Reserve
1795 Route 381
Rector, PA United States
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Family Nature Walk at Powdermill

kids hiking at powdermill
October 2, 2:00 pm
Powdermill Nature Reserve
1795 Route 381
Rector, PA United States
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Nature Explorers

trees with red, yellow, and orange leaves with a church in the background
October 9, 2:00 pm
Powdermill Nature Reserve
1795 Route 381
Rector, PA United States
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Science and Nature Lecture

photo of a Baltimore Oriole on a person's hand
October 17, 2:00 pm
Powdermill Nature Reserve
1795 Route 381
Rector, PA United States
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Storytime and More

stream and trees at powdermill nature reserve
October 24, 2:00 pm
Powdermill Nature Reserve
1795 Route 381
Rector, PA United States
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taxidermy coyote

History

Powdermill Nature Reserve was established by Carnegie Museum of Natural History in 1956 to serve as a field station for research on natural populations. General and Mrs. Richard K. Mellon and Dr. and Mrs. Alan M. Scaife presented 1,160 acres of land located about 3 miles south of Rector, Pennsylvania, for the use of Carnegie Museum of Natural History which was named “Powdermill Nature Reserve, a Research Station of Carnegie Museum.” Over the next several years, acreage was added to Powdermill Nature Reserve, and it now offers more than 2,200 acres of woodlands, streams, fields, and ponds for research and educational programs. Powdermill is home to the museum’s GIS lab, avian research center, and a new nature center with ecological exhibits.

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