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, May 7 at 2 p.m. 


What’s for lunch? Well, if you are a decomposer, it might be dead leaves, a banana peel, or some pulled weeds! All of these things go into a compost heap. Come learn about composting with us, and create your own compost in a bag!

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, May 14 at 2 p.m. 

Gardens of Powdermill

Specific pH, light levels, drainage…All of these considerations go into creating the precise conditions needed to maintain the beautiful gardens around Powdermill Nature Center. Martha Oliver, creator of the gardens, will talk about them, the rhythm of the seasons, and why each garden has a time of peak bloom and a time of rest. After the presentation, she will lead us on a tour of the gardens.

Plants, Composting, and Gardens!

What does a rotten apple core and a beautiful spring flower have in common? Come find out about this connection and more. Get your hands dirty on Black Birch Trail, and then take a tour of the gardens at Powdermill Nature Reserve!


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, May 17 at 7 p.m. 

Life at Night

The nightlife at Powdermill Nature Reserve is really happening! There are many nocturnal animals at Powdermill Nature Reserve with special adaptations for life at night. Come find out about these creatures and their adaptations, and then we will hit the woods in search of them.