Preston Park, Butler Twp. May 24, 2014

Saturday, May 24, 2014  10:00 AM

Preston Park, Butler Township, Butler County

Leader: Judy Stark and Tony Stango

Preston Park is an 88-acre English garden donated to Butler Township by Dr. Frank Preston, founder of Preston Laboratories, and Mrs. Jane Preston. Dr. Preston, a glass scientist, ornithologist, and ecologist, created and designed an English garden as a place to live, work and enjoy nature.  Dr. Preston apparently walked the entire property daily at dawn, in accordance with his origins in England where a deep interest in nature is a great pastime.

Park Volunteer Tony Stango will introduce us to the park’s significant historical and cultural resources, including Dr. Preston’s glass research laboratory. Preston Park is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is now maintained by Butler Township. For more information, visit Butler Township’s Preston Park website

Directions: Travel I-79 north to Exit 83 – PA 528 toward Evans City. Travel PA 528 north for 2.6 miles to a T. Turn right at the T and continue east on PA 68 for 9 miles to Whitestown Rd (the first traffic light after the Butler Farm Show on the right).Turn right onto Whitestown Rd and continue 1 mile to turn right onto South Eberhart Road. Park entrance will be on the left.  The GPS address is 415 South Eberhart Road, Butler, PA  16

Outings are free and open to the public.

Wild, Wonderful Wissahickon Weekend

May 30, 2014   Friday  10:00 AM

Butler/Freeport Trail, Sarver, PA   Leader: Chuck Tague

Directions:  From Pittsburgh, take Rt. 28 North to Exit 17 (PA356/Butler/Freeport).  At the end of the ramp, head west or north on PA 356.  After roughly 3.5 miles, turn right onto Sarver Road (SR2018) at a traffic light.  Continue a little over 1/2 mile, traveling down a hill.  After crossing a creek and passing the Sarver buffalo Township fire Hall on the left, turn left into the bike trail parking area, where we will meet.  Or google 565 Sarver Road, Sarver, PA 16055

May 31, 2014 Saturday 8:00 AM

Botanic Gardens Bird Walk    Leader: Bob Mulvihill

Directions from I-79 Northbound from Washington, PA  Take Exit 57 Carnegie.  Keep left at the fork and follow signs for Oakdale.  Turn left onto W. Main Street.  Continue 4.1 miles along Noblestown Rd/State Rt 3048.  Keep right to stay on Noblestown Rd. Turn right onto Pinkerton Run Rd.  Continue 1.5 miles on Pinkerton Run Rd.  if you are using a GPS, use 1082 Pinkerton Run Road, Oakdale, PA as the destination address.  The barn is just up the hill from this address to your left.

hays parking

June 1, 2014  Sunday  9:00 AM

Hays Bald Eagle Walk    Leader: Bob Mulvihill

Directions:  Glass Run Rd. to Baldwin Rd., left on Baldwin Rd. to parking lot of Keystone Iron and Metal Co. (before railroad tracks).  Cross railroad tracks on foot and take the heritage Trail on your left ( a tall stone wall flanks the trail on your right) eagle watching spot is a few hundred yards down the trail.  The address for a GPS is 4901 East Carson Street.



June 28, 2014 Markleysburg Bog

Pitcher Plant

Saturday, June 28, 2014, 10:00 AM     Markleysburg Bog, Fayette  County

Leader: Loree Speedy, 724-518-6022;

Directions:  The intersection of US40 & PA381 can be reached by traveling US40 east from Uniontown, or by traveling PA 381 south from  PA Turnpike Exit 91 – Donegal (travel PA 31 east 2 miles).

At the intersection of PA 381 and US 40, travel US40 east 6 miles. Look for an oversized sign on the right reading “Truck Warning-Steep Grade.”  Turn right at the foot of this sign onto a blacktop driveway into the Mountain Fellowship Center, marked with a blue sign. Continue past the community building on the left and park along the right side of dirt road.

Prepare for wet feet. Protection at least 4 inches over the ankle is recommended as the bog is not deep.

May 3, 2014 Foxburg, PA Allegheny River Trail


Saturday, May 3, 2014, 10:00 AM

Foxburg, Clarion County & Parker Game Lands – Bear Creek Area, Butler County

Leader: Dianne Machesney

Contact Information:;  cell: (412) 523-0368;                    home: (412) 366-7869

We will walk a nice paved trail that goes along the Allegheny River for about a mile and then turn back. Plan to have lunch at the Foxburg Inn; good food at decent prices and a glass walled dining room overlooking the river. After lunch, we will travel south about 3 miles to the Bear Creek area in the Parker Game Lands. We will walk along the road looking for wildflowers on the banks.

Directions:   From Pittsburgh, travel PA 8 north to Butler. In downtown Butler, turn right onto Cunningham St to pick up PA 68 east. Travel PA 68 east for 1.5 mile to pick up PA 38 N. Continue on PA 38 N for 21 miles to PA 58. Turn right onto PA58 and continue about 7 miles to the Foxburg Bridge over the Allegheny River. Take first right after the bridge into the parking lot.  Go to the far end and park.  If using GPS, use the address for the Foxburg Inn, 20 Main Street, Foxburg, PA 16036.