Wissahickon is the only general nature club in the Pittsburgh area. Every member has something to contribute. We share our diverse knowledge, experience, and enthusiasm for the natural world at meetings and on outings in the field.
Wissahickon Nature Club History
One summer day in 1942, a group of nature lovers studying trees and shrubs in Riverview Park on the Northside in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania were met by John F. Lewis, then a guest naturalist at the park, who asked if he could be of help. That meeting resulted in a class on tree and shrub identification at the Wissahickon Trailside Museum in the park. Mr. Lewis, who was a professor of Biology and General Science at California State Teachers College, conducted the class. With his help and encouragement the Wissahickon Nature Club was formed that summer under the auspices of the Pittsburgh Department of Parks and Recreation, Nature Division. The club was named for the Trailside Museum and for Wissahickon Creek, which runs through the park. Wissahickon is an Indian word meaning Catfish.
The club met weekly; in the winter at the museum with lessons on many nature subjects; in the spring and summer, in the park for first-hand nature study.
We hold bi-weekly meetings from September into May at the Fern Hollow Nature Center in Sewickley where members and guest speakers present Nature exhibits. We also have monthly field excursions to various locations in the Pittsburgh area. Wissahickon Nature Club partners with other nature-oriented organizations for special events and outings.
All meetings are free and open to the public. The programs begin at 7:30pm. Arrive at 7:00pm to share coffee, tea and a potluck dessert. Bring a friend. We meet at:
Fern Hollow Nature Center
1901 Glen Mitchell Road, Sewickley, PA 15143
April Claus, Naturalist
Wissahickon Nature Club
105 Lindley Lane
Pittsburgh, PA 15237-1805
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Vice President: Monica Miller
Treasurer: Dianne Machesney
Programs: Susanne Varley
Outings Coordinator: Judy Stark
Annual Dues: (Due in September)
Make checks payable to: Wissahickon Nature Club
Mail to: Dianne Machesney, Treasurer
105 Lindley Lane, Pittsburgh, PA 15237-1805
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