Your Nature Valentine

We are glad to be your nature valentine today! With February's return of a chill in the air, we hope to warm your heart this month with an adventurous treasure hunt, delightful bird walks, engaging children's programs, and feel-good finds. WPNR continues to provide a space for discovery, play, wellness, and solitude. I hope you explore with us this winter season.


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Executive Director, Winnie Palmer Nature Reserve

The Leap Year

2024 is a leap year, which is an extra day—February 29—added nearly every four years to the calendar year. Adding an extra day every four years keeps our calendar aligned correctly with the astronomical seasons, since a year according to the Gregorian calendar (365 days) and a year according to Earth’s orbit around the sun (approximately 365.25 days) are not the same length of time. Without this extra day, our calendar and the seasons would gradually get out of sync. Stop in to the Learning Center Barn to see how far some of our native animals leap in length! Come investigate the fascinating figures from creatures great and small.

The Adventure Continues

Two treasures found...two to go!

The unique holiday treasure hunt celebrating the beauty of the seasons continues into this February. Two very special, one-of-a-kind gilded treasures are carefully hidden across the reserve, each one representing a season. Summer and winter were found, but spring and autumn remain! You can find the clues to the remaining treasures on our Instagram, Facebook, and on paper in the Learning Center Barn, but below are the spring clues to get you started.

Good Luck, and may nature be your guide! #GOHOHO

Fall In Love With a New Book

Are you looking for a good read to get you through the rest of winter? Follow us on Instagram or Facebook beginning February 14th for our staff recommendations, or visit our Little Free SEED + BOOK Library for special tagged books you will love!

We Love Birds

Bird Walks with Dr. Kellam

WPNR bird walks depart at 9:30 a.m. from the Learning Center Barn. Exactly 111 species of birds have been reported at this site!

SVC Ornithology

Tiny Visitors Love

Nature Story Time

February's Winter NST is full but look ahead to

March for Easter!

Spring NST: Friday, April 5 (10:30-11:30 am)

Garden NST: Thursday, May 16 (10:30-11:30 am)

Easter NST Registration

We Love the Planet

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.

environmental explorers registration

Nature Play Days are Sweet

Winter Weather Closures & Delays


To keep our staff and students safe this winter, the Learning Center Barn may close due to inclement weather, and scheduled programs may be cancelled and/or rescheduled.

We will post to Facebook and Instagram with updated closures and cancellations. The trails will remain open daily from dawn to dusk!

Stay safe and warm this season!

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Barn Owl Gift Corner

Temporarily Closed

The Barn Owl Gift Corner is temporarily closed as we work to provide a better shopping experience!

Stay Tuned!

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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