Area Outdoor Activities and Educational Events


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 6:30pm Wednesday Feb 7.
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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  BOC Sponsored Events

Jan 26
28
BOC at Wilderness Lodge: Jan. 26-28 – Includes Friday & Sat. night and day use of lodge Friday, Sat. & Sun. Wilderness Lodge is in Wattsburg, Pa., near Peak n Peak Ski Resort. It is in a snow belt near Erie and always a Winter Wonderland. Very unique rustic place in the woods, in the middle of nowhere. Owned and operated by family for many years. Great hospitality. Downstairs: Tables and chairs for socializing and playing card or board games, couches and fireplace, books, TV, and bar. (Can not have your own bottle downstairs, against the law, but the liquor here is very reasonable to buy.) Upstairs: Bedrooms, bathrooms and showers, sitting room to read. Trail passes are purchased at the Nordic Center building next to the Lodge. Discount to our group. Breakfasts, lunches and evening meals can be chosen from the menu, if you wish to purchase any. Saturday evening meal can also be anything off the menu but a few specialty dinners will be offered. You can reserve a certain time for that meal, but I do not need to know at this time.There may be plans for Saturday evening entertainment also. Private Room for a couple – $275 per couple Room for 2 couples – $225 per couple Room for Men or Women Singles – $105 per person. If a family wants a room or cabin, call or email me asap. I will put you all together, if any are still available. Don't wait!!! joyceappel@windstream.net or 724-526-5407 Mail check made out to: Joyce Appel 1899 State Route 268 East Brady, Pa. 16028
Mar 2
5
BOC at Allegany State Park: March 2-5 – Includes Friday, Sat. & Sun. night and day use of lodge Friday afternoon, Sat., Sun. & Mon.morning. Allegany State Park is near Salamanca, NY, not far, just over the Pa. border. Cabins are on the Summit and trails all go out from the Cabin Area. (No trail pass needed.) This is a snow belt and snow continues to stay and lay in that area to the end of March in a normal winter, even when there is no snow down in the valley below. Cabins have 2 bedrooms with 2 beds in each, and one large sitting area room with table, stove, oven, refrigerator, cabinets. No running water. Bathrooms and showers are very close to all the cabins, within short walking distance. We have Warming Hut rented for Saturday evening for "pot luck" dinner and socializing. We also have cabins until Monday morning, so you can stay all day Sunday and pack up any time you want or stay over and pack car Monday morning. And don't forget about our "Cardboard Sled Contest." You can be a participant or cheerleader. Make a cardboard sled and enter various races on the sled hill Saturday before the potluck dinner. Prizes for winners, originality, best painted sled, best decorated sled, most durable...who knows what Joyce Appel will come up with for categories. It is fun and hilarious. Join us! Two couples in a Couples Cabin, private bedrooms – $220 per couple or Men or Women Singles in a Singles Cabin – $90 per person. If a family wants a room or cabin, call or email me asap. I will put you all together, if any are still available. Don't wait!!! joyceappel@windstream.net or 724-526-5407 Mail check made out to: Joyce Appel 1899 State Route 268 East Brady, Pa. 16028

  Other Area Outdoor Activities and Events

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.
Feb 3 Moraine State Park Event: Ground Hog Stomp on Saturday, February 3, 2018 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm Meet near fishing pier, past Park Region 2 office 195 Park Road, Prospect, PA 16052 Bundle up and celebrate our Pennsylvania Holiday Rodent! Join us for a fun hike on a scenic section of the Wyggeston Trail, weather and your preference will determine the distance (moderate to rugged hiking terrain). If snow is at least 4” deep, we will have some snowshoes to lend out for you to try, or bring your own. Wyggeston Trail has historical significance to Moraine and adds to the story of this park. Wear sturdy shoes, dress for the weather (severe weather cancels event), and bring your own water and trail snacks. Show that ground hog who’s boss! No ground hogs will be stomped, it’s just an expression.
Feb 4 Butler Chapter NCT Feb 4 hike. Meet noon Feb 4 under the Rt 528 bridge. Hike 8 miles total to Mt Union Rd and back, passing by the Davis Hollow Cabin and Marina. Moderate hike with hills. Dress for weather. Bring water and snacks.
Feb 24 George Washington 1753 - Cherry Pie Hikes: a long 7 mile hike on the North Country Trail, or a short history hike or a short nature hike. Go to http://events.dcnr.pa.gov/search/events?search=cherry+pie and click on the title to display details and register for a history hike, a nature hike, or the North Country Trail long hike from 9:00 until approximately 1:00 PM, (depending on hiking speed). This long hike will cover 7 miles from the boat launch located under the Route 528 bridge in Moraine State Park to Jennings. Recommended for ages 12 and up, the hike is rated moderate, and will traverse varied terrain, with some slopes and winter trail conditions. NOT suited for tennis shoes. Participants should park and meet under the 528 bridge to begin the hike. They may hike back or return via shuttle. Call 724-290-2129 if you have questions or are not able to register online. This Long Hike is part of an event that combines the annual Cherry Pie Hike and the Washington 1753 Trail Hike. It commemorates George Washington's birthday and the Virginia Colony mission demanding French withdrawal from British territory that precipitated the French and Indian/Seven Years War. The day-long event will begin at 8:30 AM and end at 2:00 PM. It will feature 30-minute history hikes, where visitors can witness the 1753 musket shot that could have changed history. There also will be informational presentations and displays, a reenactors camp portraying wilderness life of the time period, 45-minute winter nature walks led by Jennings staff, and a 7-mile hike along a section of the North Country Trail where Washington may have traveled. Participants can choose one or more favorite hike option and enjoy a taste of cherry pie, courtesy of North Country Brewing Company. The event is free and open to the public, although a $2 per person donation will be encouraged for participation in the guided hikes/walks. Reservations are required for hikes and nature walks by February 23. Carpooling is encouraged, because parking may be limited. Sponsoring organizations are: Butler Chapter of the North Country Trail Association at www.northcountrytrail.org/but, Washington's Trail 1753, Harmony Museum, Butler County Tourism and Convention Bureau, and Jennings Environmental Education Center.


Last Updated on Jan 19, 2018
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