Upcoming Events

Pollinator Event – Celebrating National Pollinator Week
June 21, 2024
10am-2pm
FREE

Join the Penn State Extension Master Gardeners and the Outdoor Discovery Center for a Pollinator Event, celebrating national pollinator week.  National Pollinator Week is an annual event celebrated internationally in support of pollinator health. It's a time to celebrate pollinators and spread the word about what we can do to protect them.

Come out to the Outdoor Discovery Center and tour the Master Gardeners pollinator garden, meet beekeepers and learn about honeybees and wild bees, view the milkweed and winter sowing display, make a pollinator related craft and more.  All ages welcome.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THE POLLINATOR EVENT ON JUNE 21, 2024.

Nature & Wellness Series: Introduction to Kayaking on Crooked Creek Lake
June 26, 2024
6pm
$20/person
Space is Limited

Join Venture Outdoors and the Outdoor Discovery Center for an Introduction to Kayaking Program at Crooked Creek Lake.  During this two-hour class, participants will be introduced to the basic equipment, learn paddling techniques and how to steer and board a kayak, and finally take the boats out onto Crooked Creek Lake for some practice.  No experience required.  Participants must be at least 13 years of age with a parent/guardian 18 or older as a participant on the water as well.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THE INTRO TO KAYAKING PROGRAM ON CROOKED CREEK LAKE ON JUNE 26, 2024.

Armstrong County Junior Naturalist Program
June 27, 2024
9am-4pm
$25/student.  This program is designed for students ages 10-14 years old.

The Armstrong County Junior Naturalist Program will introduce students ages 10-14 years old to the basic skills and tools that naturalists use in the field.  This day-long session will expose students to a variety of nature topics and experiences where they can learn from certified Pennsylvania Master Naturalists and other experts. They will be able to sharpen their observation skills, learn how to record their data and share their findings and work as a team with their fellow young naturalists.  We hope experience in this program will help to instill a passion for exploring nature among the participating students.

Each student will receive (and get to keep) a backpack stuffed full of naturalist tools including such items as a field journal and pencils, specimen jar, tweezers, hand magnifier, flashlight, rain poncho, pocket naturalist guide, and other items to assist them throughout the day.  Utilizing the animal room and classroom at the Outdoor Discovery Center, as well as our outdoor classroom, lawn, trails, and even the outflow at Crooked Creek, students will spend the day learning about a variety of nature and conservation topics.

This includes:

- Learning why owls are such expert nocturnal hunters and dissecting owl pellets to determine what they’ve eaten;

- Creating a one-yard plot for nature observation;

- Going on a naturalist led hike in search of natural history and animal signs;

- Writing in a nature journal;

- Creating a framed display of a bark rubbing or other natural item with a scientific identification label attached

- Learning Leave No Trace Principles

And More!

Students will need to bring their own lunches. A morning and afternoon snack will be provided by the Outdoor Discovery Center.

To register your child, please complete this registration form and mail it and payment to the Outdoor Discovery Center at142 Kerr Rd., Ford City, PA 16226 by no later than June 17, 2024.

This program was made possible through funding provided by the Grable Foundation.

Creature Feature: A Six-Part Series
Part Four:  July 9, 2024
6pm
FREE for Elementary Age Children & Families!

Join us at the upcoming Creature Feature program.  This six-part series will explore creatures (animals) that call Pennsylvania home.  Each program will include a fun and engaging hands-on nature lesson, activity, and craft.  Elementary age children and their families will leave with a greater understanding of and appreciation for the featured creature.  This program is made possible through a grant from the Richard G. and Barbara A. Snyder General Charitable Fund at the Armstrong County Community Foundation.

Next Creature Feature Program:
July 9, 2024 at 6pm – Red Fox.  Cunning, elusive, graceful and agile -- we're talking about the red fox!  The red fox is the most widely distributed and populous canid (a mammal of the dog family) in the world.  Join us for a fun class to learn their habitat, diet, life cycle, and more!

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THE CREATURE FEATURE PROGRAM ABOUT THE RED FOX ON JULY 9TH!

Upcoming Creature Feature Programs - Save the date! 
September 28, 2024 at 10am – TBD
November 2, 2024 at 10am – TBD

Youth Water Quality Education & Engagement Projects for High School Students
FREE

Learn more about the Youth Water Quality Education and Engagement projects for high school students by visiting https://www.armstrongcenter.org/odc-events/youth-water-quality-education/.  Here, you will learn about our water quality education and engagement projects, such as building catfish spawning boxes, designing water quality games and activities for elementary students, tree planting for stream bank stabilization, touring a sewage treatment plant, etc.

PA Master Naturalist Certification Training

Registration is closed for the Fall 2024 PA Master Naturalist training cohort.  A cohort is held in each Fall at the Outdoor Discovery Center at Crooked Creek.

Do you enjoy learning about the natural world?  Are you interested in sharing that knowledge with others? Would you like to know more about supporting natural resource conservation?  Pennsylvania Master Naturalists are a dedicated group of people who share a passion for nature, getting outdoors and giving back.  If you enjoy hiking, wildlife watching, being outdoors, and volunteering, you’ll love being a Master Naturalist.

Become a Master Naturalist by attending our 50-hour training course at the Outdoor Discovery Center.  Classes will be held weekly on Thursday evenings from August 8 – October 24 with four field sessions on Saturdays (August 17, September 7 and 21, and October 5)

Click here to access the Fall 2024 schedule.

Visit the PA Master Naturalist Facebook page by clicking here.

You can also visit https://pamasternaturalist.org/become_a_master_naturalist/ for additional information about becoming a Master Naturalist.

Learn more about PA Master Naturalist training course application at https://bit.ly/PMNtraining.

For more information and registration details, contact Rachel Filippini, ODC program coordinator at [email protected].

Armstrong Center for Community Learning

Armstrong Center for Community Learning