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, October 1 at 2 p.m. 

Leaf Man 

Leaf Man flies through the air, following where the wind blows. He glides by leaf chickens and mice, leaf butterflies and fish—even leaf potatoes and carrots. Come follow Leaf Man as he makes his way on the breeze in this creative story. Then stick around to create your own leaf animal 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, October 8 at 2 p.m. 

Fantastic Fall Foliage

Every fall we get to experience a beautiful phenomenon–fantastic fall foliage! In this lecture, we will talk about why this is happening and how it is beneficial to trees. Afterward, we will go outside for a bit of leaf peeping in one of the best places for the activity!

Fall Colors!

What is happening to the leaves? All around us, leaves are turning brilliant red, yellow, and orange. How and why are they changing color? Come learn why leaves change in the fall and about the colors that have been hiding in plain sight. After a short lesson, we will head outside on a hike in search of these beautiful autumn leaves.


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. (5-8 p.m. on October 18) 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, October 18, 5-8 p.m. 

Tales and Trails: Halloween at Powdermill

Flying bats, carved pumpkins, and hooting owls…What do they have to do with Halloween? Come found out as we dive into the natural history connection between these organisms and Halloween! You will have the opportunity to explore Powdermill in the evening at this family-friendly Halloween event.