April Showers

April showers are sure to bring May flowers. I can assure you that spring is bursting all over our landscape. The gardens are growing, seeds have been planted, and the first blooms have arrived. Birds are loving the earth worms, frogs are leaping, and Palmer Pond is full of life. Earth Day is everyday here at Winnie Palmer Nature Reserve. Join us as we celebrate nature this season - grab an Allagash Pack and explore our nook of nature, enjoy a little bird watching while having lunch on the back patio, or hit the trail in search of an inspiring treasure or two. So much to discover, plan your visit soon!


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Executive Director, Winnie Palmer Nature Reserve

Spring is Here

Our Horticulturist is Busy

Seedlings are growing in our greenhouse! It is a delicate and careful spring for seed starting with the changing temperatures and weather this March and April. The house is full of surprises for the gardens soon. Visit our Seed Savers Exchange to meet your growing needs.

WPNR Proud Member Spotlight

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We are a proud member this month for the Greater Latrobe Laurel Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce! Thank you to them and all the membership. Winnie Palmer Nature Reserve is glad to have so many wonderful neighbors in our community.

Outside for 5 Pledge

Join the Movement

Calling all teachers, administrators, nonformal educators, parents, and more!  Sign the OutsideFor5 Pledge and commit to:

  • Spend at least 5 minutes a day, 5 days a week, or any meaningful amount of time learning outside with students.
  • Support outdoor learning efforts in schools
  • Connect with other local educators and outdoor professionals.

Take the Pledge Here

Wonderful Wild Specimen Search

Join Our Flock

So many birding options, so little time...

From bird walks with Dr. James Kellam, to online birdwatching at your desk, to creating a home birdfeeder, we have a birding adventure for you!

Learning Through Nature

In our third year of hosting Greater Latrobe School District High School Interns at Winnie Palmer Nature Reserve, Breanna and Sarah enjoyed a warm spring day of birding to culminate their experience in animal care, nature programming, citizen science, and natural history with us this semester.

Our Saint Vincent College undergraduate students in education continue to shine as they practice lessons at our Wild Ones program. WPNR is a true learning laboratory for our students in education, science, and psychology. Dr. Stacey Nowikowski' s Field III class provides her students hands-on experiences designing lessons, teaching, and modeling education pedagogy with early learners. Each semester we welcome new college students working alongside our tiny visitors to this program and our Environmental Education Coordinator, Allison.

Earlybird Gets the Worm

Summer Nature Storytime Registration

Planet and Plastic

WPNR is happy to offer our undergraduate student-designed and led Environmental Explorers Program again! Miss Lida will share a STEM-based nature education program this spring for children in grades 3-6.

Call 724-537-5284 to Join the Wait List

The Play Never Stops Here

Take a Spring Photo Walk

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Barn Owl Gift Corner

Plant Propagation Vases

The Barn Owl Gift Corner accepts cash, checks, and cards. $10 minimum purchase is required for card users please.

Contact Us

(724) 537-5284

744 Walzer Way ​

Latrobe, Pennsylvania 15650

Learning Center Barn Hours: 

Tuesday - Friday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Trail Hours: Daily Dawn to Dusk

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