Buzz of July
July is buzzing and bustling! We are glad to welcome you back on Wednesdays to the Learning Center Barn. The gardens are alive with pollinator activity and the landscape is ever evolving as we mend, enhance, and change. This month we welcome another fairy folk, lead a few hikes, and focus on our conservation efforts for sustainability near to and far from WPNR. The hues of summer are popping up all over the reserve. I hope you take a relaxing trail walk, gaze upon our gardens, and stop and say hello. I hope you like this virtual tour today. We remain dedicated to providing you nature conservation education and a wonderful and safe space for visitors young and old to enjoy.

Stay well and welcome summer!

Executive Director, Winnie Palmer Nature Reserve
“Let nothing dim the light that shines within” ― Maya Angelou

Set your compass to summer with us!

Don't forget to use our hashtag, #WPNRFairyFolk
to share your photos and creations with us.
See you on the trails!

Gaze Upon Our Gardens
at Winnie Palmer Nature Reserve
Our gardens are full of interesting native plant species and insects.
Take a peek from a distance or close-up for a better view.
See something you like? Check out the Seed Savers Exchange!
BUTTONBUSH, Cephalanthus occidentalis is a moisture-loving shrub native to Pennsylvania. The fragrant globe-shaped flower heads are a magnet for pollinators of many types, especially bees and butterflies. Buttonbush is an important adult food source for two sphinx moths found in our area: Titan sphinx moth, Aellopos titan, and the Hydrangea sphinx moth, Darapsa versicolor
CRIMSON CLOVER is a cover crop we use in our biodynamic gardening practices at WPNR. It sports striking crimson
blossoms in abundance.
CALENDULA, Calendula officinalis is a showy annual resinous flower used to make healing salves and teas. This beauty blooms
until frost.
RATTLESNAKE MASTER, Eryngium yuccifolium is an unusual looking pollinator plant. A perennial herb in the carrot, celery, and parsley, Apiaceae family and found in prairies in a natural setting. Easy to see why this plant received the botanical name Eryngium yuccifolium. The Eryngium genus name comes from the Greek and refers to the plant's spiny nature. 
Salvia horminum
This bright shining and self-seeding annual annual flower reaches a height of about 18 inches and loved by butterflies.
Verbena hastata
The small, tubular, blue-violet flowers bloom from the bottom up in
July's heat. 
Dracocephalum moldavicum
It has been cultivated for centuries and has a lemony-minty leaf. Like all the mints, beloved by bees!
Borago officinalis
A common edible garden herb, it attracts pollinators while the leaves smell like cucumber.
COMFREY, Symphytum officinale
is a perennial herb used medicinally for centuries. Comfrey’s not just great for honey bees, but it also attracts pollinators like bumble bees. These vigorous plants can also be used to make ointment.
Ocimum basilicum has beautiful and flavorful lilac flowers and dark purple leaves.
More Than the Honey Bee

Pollinators of all sorts are among our flora at Winnie Palmer Nature Reserve. Some are quick and others take their time sipping, collecting and pollinating carefully for our landscape.

Sweet Nectar
Bumble Bee Dance
Take a Pollinator Plant Walk With Us
Summer is upon us and the insects, birds, and moths are visiting the gardens and fields all over the reserve frequently. Take a hike along our trails or walk along the gardens and repeat all summer long!
AMERICAN ELDER, Sambucus canadensis
CULVER'S ROOT, Veronicastrum virginicum
LIATRIS, Liatris spicata
SAXA RADISH, Raphanus sativus 'Saxa'
SCARLET BEEBALM, Monarda didyma
PURPLE POTATO, Lycianthes rantonnetii
SWAMP MILKWEED, Asclepias incarnata L.

GLOBE BASIL, Ocimum minimum
Moth or Butterfly?

Hummingbird Moth (Hemaris spp.) Several species of the genus Hemaris deserve this name and for very good reason. They fly and move just like hummingbirds. Like them, they can remain suspended in the air in front of a flower while they unfurl their long tongues and insert them in flowers to sip their nectar. They even emit an audible hum like hummingbirds.

According to the US Forest Service, these day-flying moths are widespread in North America. In the Old World, there are several species of hummingbird moths. Some of these species are closely related and all belong to the same genus, Hemaris. The British prefer to call them Bee Hawk-Moths. There are four species of hummingbird moths in North America. The most familiar ones are the Snowberry Clearwing (Hemaris diffinis) and the Hummingbird Clearwing (Hemaris thysbe).

They are plentiful in our gardens this year and a true treat when you spot one. Gaze upon our gardens and you are sure to get a glimpse!

Winnie Palmer Nature Reserve
June 20, 2021 - September 22, 2021

How many nature observations can you make?
Win a Get Outside WPNR T-shirt!

Hike to Bushy Run 258th Anniversary
August 6, 2021 from 5-7 p.m.
Come learn from the historical re-enactors about their gear and clothing, reason for the hike, and the history behind
the Battle of Bushy Run.

Early Childhood
Tiny Wonder Time Tidbit

Learning Center Barn Open Wednesdays
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

As we continue to navigate welcoming back the public into the Learning Center Barn and creating new and exciting programs for everyone - we remain cautiously optimistic that in the fall we may resume a few more normal operations. Look for our FAMILY FUN FRIDAY PROGRAMS on select Fridays this summer. We take pride in creating a safe learning environment for everyone and in developing programming that still keep our tiniest and eldest visitors safe that includes socially distanced hikes and activities along our trails.

Winnie Palmer Nature Reserve promotes children’s health and well being through nature exploration. In order to protect the health and safety of our youngest to our eldest visitors, we will continue to require masks for everyone that enters and explores our learning center barn or while gathering for any of our outdoor programming.  

Family Fun Friday
July 30, 2021
10 am - Noon
"Mini Bird Hike"
Come for a mini bird hike led by our WPNR staff, visit a learning center station, or borrow the tools to self-guide your family on a mini hike to find our Bee Brownie and more! Hikes of 10 individuals or less to leave every 30 minutes beginning at 10 am. The Learning Center Barn will be open for the morning to explore our nature exhibits.

Summer Splendor
Along Winnie's Trails

Follow us on social media to learn about some of these great finds!
Learning Center Barn Open Wednesdays
Trails open daily - dawn to dusk for you to enjoy always!
We have clearance items to make room for new and exciting merchandise. Come finding!
All proceeds from online shop sales benefit WPNR!
Kids Tri-Blend Tee
Small Camper Mug
Unisex Tri-Blend Hoodie
Travel Mug
(724) 537-5284

744 Walzer Way ​Latrobe, PA 15650
Barn Hours: Wednesdays 10 am-4 pm
Due to Covid-19

Trail Hours: Daily Dawn to Dusk