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Nature reserve plans October classes

FOX CHAPEL: Beechwood Farms Nature Reserve, 614 Dorseyville Road will have several programs in October. A fee and registration are required for each class unless otherwise noted.

The following programs are planned:

  • Wednesday Morning Walk: 9 to 10:30 a.m. Naturalist-led hike for adults only, every Wednesday, rain or shine. Free and open to the public.

  • Fledglings Children’s Program: 10 to 11:15 a.m. Oct. 9. This month’s theme is “A Fly in the Sky.” Discover the world of insects in autumn. Appropriate for ages 3-5 with an adult caregiver present.

  • Pumpkin Carving Contest: Deadline will be Oct. 17: Enter a nature themed carved pumpkin. Details: 412-963-6100.

  • Scout Badge Day: 10 a.m. to noon; or 1 to 3 p.m. Oct. 18. Program offers badges at most levels of scouting. Appropriate for scout with troop leaders present. Scheduling is on a first-registered, first-choice basis.

  • Canoe Hartstown Swamp. 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 19. Naturalist Bob Faber leads this group through one of the best wildlife viewing sites in the region near Pymatuning Lake. Fees include canoe, life jacket and paddle. Appropriate for adults and children 12 and older.

  • Western Pennsylvania Mushroom Club Meeting: 7 p.m. Oct. 21. Officers for next year will be elected. Share mushroom stories, slides, pictures, books, recipes and art. Free and open to the public. Appropriate for all ages. Details: Dick Dougall 412-486-7504 or visit [email protected] .

  • Audubon Society of Western Pa. Lecture: Medicines From The Rain Forest – Oct. 22. Call for time. Dr. Dan Wagner, natural and clinical pharmacist will discuss the medicines that have been derived from rain forest plants. Appropriate for all ages. Free and open to the public.

  • Creatures Of The Night Halloween Program: 6:30 or 7:30 Oct. 24. Family program. Non-scary experience along Beechwood’s trails where you will encounter some of nature’s nocturnal creatures. Fireflies guide you on your course and snacks and drinks provided. Come in costume. The pumpkin-carving contest is a part of this program.

    To register or for details call 412-963-6100 or visit the Web site .


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