Area Outdoor Activities and Educational Events

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 at the Butler YMCA when a representative of the Audubon Society will present a program on wetlands or meadows.
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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Mar 7 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. Ryan Stauffer of the Audubon Society will present a program on wetlands: Wetlands are an integral part of Pennsylvania's ecology. They act as filters, flood mitigation devices, and they are also home to various species of wildlife. Wetlands are the most productive ecosystem on the planet. By the end of this presentation, you will be able to differentiate between bogs, fens, swamps, marshes, and vernal pools as well as identify key wetland indicator plants.
Mar 17
Backpack-Oil Creek State Park - March 17th & 18th - We will hike 7 miles from Drakes well to the Wolfkiel Shelter area on Saturday and 5 miles from the campsite back to Drakes well on Sunday. Joe Hardisky
Mar 24 BOC Hike - a 5 Mile Wyggeston Trail hike. Out and Back with no Shuttle Meet at 11:00AM at the Old US422 Boat Launch.
Apr 7
AT Backpacking Trip Stay 4 nights hiking the trail through the state of Maryland. Contact Carol Bickel if interested at
May 19
Vermont Inn to Inn hiking trip. Spend 4 nights hiking the back roads of Vermon with inn stays each night. For more info see Contact Carol Bickel if interested at

  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.
Mar 4 Jennings EEC Program: Maple Sugaring Sunday, March 4; 2:00 PM Free. No Registration Required Celebrate the end of winter with the seasonal tradition of maple sugaring. This presentation will unravel the mystery of how a tree functions, and show how sap from a tree becomes syrup for the breakfast table. The program will begin with an indoor introduction, followed by a guided, outdoor walk that demonstrates the art of maple sugaring from past to present. You'll see a working evaporator and get a taste of spring itself, real maple syrup! A variety of local maple products will be available for sale in The Nature Shop at Jennings. This annual program program is free and registration is not required, but be sure to arrive on time to get a seat for this very popular event
Mar 10 Clarion Chapter NCT event: NCT 6 mile hike on March 10. We will meet at the Environmental center in Cook Forest. We will start shuttling at 10 am. The shuttle will be to gravel Lick,then hike back to the cars at the Environmental center. Dave Galbreath
Mar 15 McConnells Mill State Park Program: Hemlock Helpers Thursday, March 15, 2018 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM Kildoo Picnic Area The Eastern Hemlock, our state tree, defines many of the beautiful valleys we love in Pennsylvania. Learn about this lovely tree while enjoying scenes of McConnells Mill State Park in the picnic area above the gristmill. Learn how the hemlocks in the park can use your help and how to volunteer. Dress for the weather (severe weather cancels event) and wear sturdy shoes.
Mar 20 Jennings EEC Program: What's Cool in the Pool? Tuesday, March 20; 6:30 - 8:30 PM Free. Registration Required Join Jennings staff to discover what’s hopping, splashing, and swimming in woodland vernal pools. Experience the sights and sounds of springtime and perhaps witness the mysterious amphibian migration. After a brief introduction, a hike through various types of wetlands will lead to a vernal pool, a temporary pool of water that provides habitat for unique woodland plants and animals. This is a free program, and pre-registration is required. The hike will be led by Jennings staff and will cover approximately one mile on Jennings’ prairie side trails. The route will traverse varied terrain and pass through several different habitats, including the prairie, the forest, and an area influenced by beaver activity. The hike is rated “easy,” for those who are able to cover the distance and some sloping areas.
Mar 24 Moraine State Park Program: Winter Weeds Walk on Saturday, March 24, 2018 1:00 PM -3:00 PM at the South Shore Park Office Even in earliest spring, the remnants of last year’s plants can add beauty to a walk by the lake. Join others as we start at the office and walk to the Sunken Garden Trail for an easy hike along Lake Arthur looking for dried grasses, seedpods, and other treats of nature. Learn about native plants and bringing the beauty of nature to your home. Dress for the weather, cancelled if weather is severe. Meet at the South Shore park office, 225 Pleasant Valley Rd, Portersville, PA 16051 .
Mar 30 Jennings EEC Program: Spring Wonder Walk Friday, March 30; 10:00 - 11:30 AM Free; No Registration Required Are you looking for a way to enjoy the outdoors with the kids during their spring break? Do you have holiday visitors who want something fun to do locally? Come to Jennings Environmental Education Center on Friday, March 30 10:00 – 11:30 AM, for some family-friendly, free-wheeling discovery along the park’s trails. Jennings’ staff will lead the group in exploring and experiencing the springtime wonders that might be encountered on this informal, seasonal walk. The program is free, and pre-registration is not required. Meet the group at the nature center building in time to begin promptly at 10 AM. Be sure to dress for the weather, with sturdy, water-resistant footwear and layered clothing for comfort, warmth and to stay dry! Bring your own water bottle and/or snacks if you’d like.

Last Updated on March 12, 2018
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