Area Outdoor Activities and Educational Events

All BOC events are open to the public. When participating in Butler Outdoor Club events, it is assumed that all participants are responsible for their own safety and of their dependents(such as children) at the event. The facilitator is simply providing an opportunity for everyone to enjoy the event together and is not assuming responsibility or liability for the safety of the participants. All travel is not part of the event and is done at your own risk. To be considered as participating in our events all leaders must fill out a waiver form and all participants must read and sign that form.
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Sept 6 BOC monthly meetings are 6:30 pm social, 7:00 pm announcements and program promptly after announcements on the first Wed. of each month usually at the Butler YMCA, lower level meeting room, 339 N. Washington, St. Butler, Pa.
Each meeting includes outing announcements, a featured speaker and slideshow or outdoor educational program and is open to the public.

Join us 6:00pm Wednesday Sept 6 for our annual say good bye to summer picnic at a Moraine State Park North Shore Lakeview Shelter No 2. The club will supply hot dogs and corn on the cob. Bring a drink or covered dish or desert to share. Remember to come early and bike or hike or paddle or play frisbee golf.
Sept 23 Saturday, September 23 is set for the Oil City Bike/Train ride. Bring your bicycle aboard the train at Petroleum Center at 2:30 PM for the one hour scenic trip through Oil City State Park. When we arrive at the Drake Well Museum, unload your bike, check out the sights, get a snack and get on the trail for the ten mile downhill bike ride back to your car. Tickets may be purchased on the train Adults $13 + $5 bike Kids (12 and under) $11 + $5 bike GPS directions: 1080 Petroleum Center Road Oil City, PA 16301 814-676-1733 Leader - Joanne Winwood 412-241-1004

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These events are listed for public information and are not sponsored nor endorsed by the Butler Outdoor Club. We assume no liability for anything that happens if you participate in these activities.
Sep 2 McConnell's Mill State Park Program: Saturday, September 2, 2017 - Bees and Beekeeping Open House 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM - Kildoo Picnic Pavilion Curious about bees, what they do and how they work? Ever wonder how to tell a queen bee from a drone? Interested in becoming a beekeeper? Bees play an essential role in our environment and are vital to humans. Stop in, learn, and talk with local beekeepers and members of Beekeepers A.B.C.I (Armstrong-Butler-Clarion-Indiana Counties) who will be on hand to display different types of hives, beekeeping equipment and to answer all your bee questions. Guaranteed to be un-BEE-lievable!
Sep 2 McConnell's Mill State Park Program: Saturday, September 2, 2017 – Crayfishing 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM – Meet at the Hells Hollow Trail Parking Lot Join the Park Naturalist to explore Hell Run for some good old-fashioned fun. Come on down and do some crayfishing like you’ve never done before. You will be amazed at how easy it is to catch crayfish without lifting a single rock. We will be in Craw-Dad heaven. Great fun for the whole family! Wear shoes that you can get wet. Meet at the Hell’s Hollow Trail parking lot (no facilities), and is about a 15 minute drive from the gristmill. Dress for the weather, bring water, and wear sturdy shoes.
Sep 8 Friday, September 8, 2017 – Go Paddle Your Own Canoe Workshop 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM – Moraine Outdoor Center (North Shore) While kayaking increases in popularity each year, there are plenty of paddling opportunities where a canoe is the very best way to go. Whether for fishing, watching wildlife, camping or spending the day with (grand) kids or the beloved family dog, a canoe can be the ideal choice. This workshop will cover canoe varieties, equipment and paddle stroke techniques as well as specific tips for safe and fun paddling on Lake Arthur. Learn how the weather forecasts influence where and when to paddle, and how to make the wind an ally rather than a challenge. Join paddling enthusiast Bud Glendening and Regional Outdoor Recreational Coordinator, Emily Borcz. This is an all hands-on workshop to learn everything there is about canoeing. Canoes will be available for your use, but you are welcome to bring your own boat if you have one. Workshop runs 9am to 2pm and includes plenty of opportunity for on-the-water practice. There will be a one hour lunch break for those that want to go grab lunch locally or just bring your own. Pre-registration Required. Call the park office at 724-368-8811 to reserve a spot for the workshop.
Sep 9 The 6th Annual Connoquenessing Creek Cleanup dates have been scheduled! Please help us restore this important waterway back to its beautiful, natural state by removing the physical garbage that consumes it. So far we have removed over 275,000 pounds of garbage, including over 2,600 tires from just 37 miles of the 50 mile waterway! This year we are focusing on a 15-mile stretch, starting in Harmony Junction and ending in Ellwood City. This is the first year the cleanup is in Butler, Beaver, and Lawrence Counties! Join us in doing a good thing for the environment and community while feeling good and meeting new friends! Register before by emailing me back or call (724) 371-0416 Or Just show up! Meeting Location: Live Out Baptist Church, 1718 PA-588 Fombell, PA 16123 Time: 8am – 5pm Lunch, snacks, beverages, work gloves, & T-shirt provided Cleanup Needs: Volunteers, Rope, Chains, 10 tarps, 10 pry bars, 2 chainsaws, 5 sledgehammers, 10 old metal ladders, 2-3 washing stations, 10 tin-cutters, hip waders, use of 2 pressure washers, use of 3 brush cutters/weed eaters, use of 15+ pickup/dump trucks with/without winches, use of 20 canoes, use of 20 aluminum/metal boats, 10+ floatation devices/life jackets, use of skid loader/Bobcat, use of trailers, portable winches, etc.
Sep 9 Moraine State Park Program: Saturday, September 9, 2017 – Marvelous Monarchs 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM – Pavilion #7 – McDanel’s Area (North Shore) Monarch butterflies make an amazing migration each year that brings them to us and allows the species to continue its survival. Meet the park naturalist and our special guest, Kimberly Vensel, The Butler Butterfly Lady at McDanel’s Launch – Pavilion 7 - on the North Shore to learn about this wonder of nature. Become a citizen scientist as we attempt to capture and tag some Monarchs to help study their annual migration. Limited butterfly nets will be available or bring your own. Park staff will provide tags and tagging datasheets.
Sep 9 Moraine State Park Program: Saturday, September 9, 2017 - Muddy Creek Oil Well Living History Exhibit 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM - Near Route 528, Moraine State Park Come anytime between 11am and 5pm and explore a restored oil well in operation! The Muddy Creek Oil Well is an award-winning restoration site of an antique oil well. The Bessemer Gas Engine and Marshall-Barr No. 19 oil well equipment is restored and open for visitors to hear and see the industry that powered this region. The well will operate from 11:00 AM until 5:00 PM on second Saturdays of the month. Volunteers will be there to operate the engine and answer your questions. So, come out and see the Bessemer engine pump some Pennsylvania crude. The central powerhouse site is located beyond the State Parks Region 2 office, 195 Park Road, Prospect PA, (Old 422 off Route 528). Visit for more information.
Sep 9 Cook Forest State Park Program: Saturday, September 9 at 100pm - Fire Tower Historical Tour Please bring your binoculars to the Fire Tower for an historical tour of Fire Tower #9 conducted by park volunteers, Kelley & Al Bilotto. Take a breathtaking view from the box at the very top of the Fire Tower and learn how it operated. The tower will be open from 100-300pm. (2 hrs)
Sep 16 Moraine State Park Program: Saturday, September 16, 2017 – Shannon Run Paddle 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM – Meet at Mount Zion Church – Moraine State Park Join Moraine Park staff and explore the Shannon Run area of Moraine’s Lake Arthur. During this nature-based paddle, participants will learn some basic kayak tips and set off to explore the abundant wildlife and plant life of this unique inlet. Borrow binoculars and watch an osprey or eagle soar. Ages 12 and up, under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Kayak and gear provided, or bring your own. Life jackets required to be worn. Pre-registration required. Registration opens Monday, September 4th. To register call the park office 724 368-8811. DUE TO INCREASED INTEREST, PARTICIPATION IN PARK KAYAK PROGRAMS IS LIMITED TO 2 PROGRAMS PER SEASON.
Sep 23
McConnells Mill Heritage Festival Saturday 10:00 am to 6:00 pm Sunday 11:00 am to 5:00 pm History comes alive at the 25th Annual Heritage Festival at McConnells Mill State Park. The Festival, sponsored by the Portersville-Prospect Rotary, celebrates the operational time period of the historical gristmill—from 1852 to 1928. Artists and craftspeople from the local area demonstrate their skills and provide regional art for sale. Bluegrass and Celtic music and free tours of the mill will be offered. On Saturday, the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy will provide a variety of free, nature-focused activities for kids throughout the day. You can also join the Conservancy to learn more about local plant and animal species during one-hour interpretive nature hikes at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. led by Conservancy scientists on McConnells Mill’s beautiful Kildoo Trail. Hikes will meet at WPC’s tent near the playground. The historic gristmill houses the fascinating machinery that ground the grain for the community surrounding Slippery Rock Gorge. A civil war encampment with live cannon fire at 11:00, 12:30, 2:00 and 4:00 and family activities both days bring history to life. A Sunday morning “Old Time” church service is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Located in Kildoo picnic area, and the gristmill. Free admission and free parking!
Sep 26 Moraine State Park Program: September 26, 2017 – Warblers and Waterfowl Bird Hike 8:00AM – 11:00AM – Meet under the 528 Bridge (Prospect Exit off 422 – Take 528 North) Come on out and join us on a birding adventure looking for warblers and waterfowl in the Muddy Creek Area of Lake Arthur. This area is known to produce some great bird sightings this time of year. We will bird to about 11:00am and bird several locations throughout the Muddy Creek Cove, including the former Duck Pond Dam area, as well as the mouth of Muddy Creek. Bring your enthusiasm, water, snacks and sharp eyes and ears. There are no restroom facilities once we leave the 528 Bridge area.
Sep 30 McConnell's Mill State Park Program: Saturday, September 30, 2017 – OWL PROWL 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM – Meet beside the Kildoo Pavilion Join the park naturalist to learn about the wonderful owls that prowl the night woods in Pennsylvania. After a short discussion, we will go in search of these night-flying creatures to do a little prowling of our own. Bring a flashlight if you have one. Dress for the weather.
Oct 1 Cook Forest State Park Program: Sunday, October 1 at 900am - A Walk in Penn’s Woods Join Dave Cole, DCNR service forester, and Stacy Wolbert, PGC wildlife diversity biologist, for a hike in the woods. We will meet at the Log Cabin Environmental Learning Classroom and hike the Liggett Trail &aamp; Toms Run Road. This flat trail starts at Forest Road across from the Log Cabin Inn Environmental Learning Center, travels up Toms Run, then circles back down to Toms Run Road, ending where it started for a 2.2-mile round trip. This trail makes a great birding hike and is suitable for all ages. After completing this walk, those interested will follow us up the road to the Sawmill Center for the Arts and hike the Black Bear Trail. This flat, loop trail starts and ends at the Sawmill Center for the Arts. Look for bear claw marks on American beech trees. (3hrs)
Oct 7 Cook Forest State Park Program: Saturday, October 7 at 100pm - Acorn History, Harvesting, and Preparation Throughout history, acorns have been consumed by humans living on at least four different continents. Once considered the “staff of life” in indigenous cultures, the acorn is generally considered inedible in its raw form, though with proper processing, its gifts are made manifest. This typically involves some variation of drying, shelling, grinding, leaching, and cooking. Join Adam Haritan from at the Fire Tower Parking Lot to learn how to properly gather and process acorns from start to finish. Participants will learn oak tree identification, acorn gathering tips (how to separate the good from the bad), differences between red and white oak groups (important for processing), several leaching methods, drying and storing methods, nutritional benefits, and more! (2 hrs)

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