Weekend & Evening Programs

Powdermill Nature Reserve
1795 PA-381, Rector, PA 15677
Free, no registration required


Storytime and More

Join us at Powdermill Nature Reserve on the first Sunday of each month at 2 p.m. for Storytime and More. Children ages 3 to 9, accompanied by an adult, are welcome to discover the wonders of nature through a picture book read-aloud and then participate in a related game, craft project, or nature walk.  

Sunday, June 4 at 2 p.m. 

Big Night for Salamanders 

Across a road from the woods, a small pond waits for salamanders to lay their eggs. On a warm, rainy spring night, the salamanders make their move! Evan knows he must help them make it to the pond. Join us as we read this story of how one boy and his family help hundreds of salamanders find their way. After the story, participants will create salamanders to take home.

Science and Nature Program and Nature Explorers

Join us in the Parker Room of the nature center on the second Sunday of each month at 2 p.m. for a seasonally relevant nature talk. At the same time, children ages 8-13 are invited into the Netting Classroom to join us for a hands-on investigation of the natural world! Weather permitting, each lecture will be followed by a brief foray into the field for an interpretive hike.

Sunday, June 11 at 2 p.m. 

Amazing Salamanders!

What’s the difference between a lizard and a salamander? Why are salamanders so slimy? Join Kenzie Pereira, PhD researcher at Duquesne University, as she explores the diversity of Pennsylvania salamanders and discusses everything from the ecological importance of these secretive amphibians and their regenerative super powers to their ability to fight disease!


Wednesday Evening Programs (Nature at Night)

Some kinds of nature are best observed at dusk. Join us on the third Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. for this family friendly program that features a short talk in the nature center followed by an outdoor exploration. Popcorn will be served! Soft drinks will be available for purchase.

Wednesday, June 21 at 7 p.m. 

Salamander Meander

Come learn about some of the salamanders (and newts) that live at Powdermill Nature Reserve. After a short presentation, we will head outside to carefully lift rocks and logs in search of these delicate creatures.