Sensational Spring
Hello and a Very Happy Spring,
Mother Nature is giving us a wonderful, snowy welcome into Spring on this first day of April here in Southwestern Pennsylvania. As we all keep our spirits up and remain safe, we continue to come to you virtually and along the trails to connect each one of you to nature. We celebrate Earth Month and all the wonders that nature provides for our heart and soul, as it feeds our discovery of the world around us. Look for special surprises online and along our trails to engage each one of you in nature. We will provide the tools for you to become more closely connected to nature in our backyard and your own. Enjoy this spring season as nature awakens and provides sensational smells and sights! Stay well.

Executive Director, Winnie Palmer Nature Reserve
April hath put a spirit of youth in everything. - William Shakespeare

Get outside and let nature take you on a magical journey along our trails. Search for fairies, explore the Palmer Pond with the new Discover card, or
take a hunt with the spring scavenger hunt and
see where it leads you.

Don't forget to use our hashtag, #WPNRFairyFolk
to share your photos and creations with us.
See you on the trails!
Explore Palmer Pond
at Winnie Palmer Nature Reserve
Get Outside and Explore...New this month is the Discover Pond Life Card that assists you in finding signs of life at Palmer Pond.  This handy guide provides images and app suggestions to figure out some of the fascinating creatures above, below, and at the pond edge. Our Discover Cards can be found at the Wayside Exhibit Learning Center Barn west. Other guides to enjoy include Discover Birds, Discover Insects, and Discover Tracks.
Experience Us Here
Eastern Garter Snake
The Eastern Garter Snake (Thamnophis sirtalis), a small to mid-size (on average 18–26 inches), non-venomous snake, is one of the most common snake species in North America, with populations stretching from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico. They are abundant in Pennsylvania and the most common snake found at WPNR. A dark-colored snake with three yellow lines running the length of their body, the Eastern Garter Snake can be found in a wide variety of habitats including meadows, marshes, gardens, backyards, and woodlands-often near a water source, like Palmer Pond. They, like most snakes, are excellent swimmers and eat a diet that consists of worms, slugs, salamanders, frogs, toads, tadpoles, and fish. While considered a “non-venomous” snake, the saliva of an Eastern Garter Snake does have a mild venomous quality. They will attempt to flee if disturbed but they can also secrete foul-smelling secretions and will aggressively bite if provoked. In some humans, swelling and rashes can result from the bite. Eastern Garter Snakes are viviparous, which means that instead of laying eggs, they give birth to live young, sometimes having more than 50 babies! Mating occurs after the snakes emerge from hibernation in the Spring. Eastern Garter Snakes hibernate in communal dens or hibernacula of dozens to hundreds of individual snakes! The Eastern Garter Snake is the first snake to emerge in the spring, typically sometime in early March. They are a sign of the approaching warmer weather and sunshine and a welcome visitor to the early gardens at WPNR, where they provide a natural pest control for the tender sprouts. Explore the trails this Spring and see if you can spy these slithery little friends sunning themselves on the trails, stalking prey through the gardens, or slithering near the water of Palmer Pond!

Celebrate the planet all month with us as we meet online, along the trail, or at home. Here is a list of local, statewide, and national activities to learn techniques for exploring nature, gaining knowledge and developing skills to protect the natural world. Winnie Palmer Nature Reserve was invited to participate in the statewide Protecting the Environment for all Pennsylvanians virtual event on April 22, 2021. Follow us on social media to learn more!

Share your Earth Day adventures with us using the hashtags #EarthdayWPNR, #PAEarthDayForAll, #EarthDay2021, #RestoreOurEarth
As you sit down to enjoy the tradition of coloring white eggs a variety of colors - consider naturally derived dye. Several fruits, vegetables, & spices will give different colors.

Here are a few to start with, along with the resulting color:
Yellow onion skins: Yellow to dark orange
Turmeric or cumin: Bright yellow
Red beets: Pink to red
Red onion skins: Pale purple to red
Red cabbage: Blue (strange, but true)
Spinach: Green
Purple grape juice (use as is): Lavender
Coffee (use as is): Tan to brown
Chili powder: Orange
Raspberries/blackberries: Pink to purple
Yellow/green apple peels: Yellow-green
Project WET Educator Workshop
Saturday, May 1st, 2021 from 8:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Nature Story Time
Friday, April 16th, 2021 at 12:30 p.m.
Early Childhood
Tiny Wonder Time Tidbit
Follow us on Facebook in April
for spring activities, games, experiments, crafts and more to
keep your tiny wonders engaged in nature.

City Nature Challenge
April 30 - May 3, 2021
Create your own iNaturalist account
  • Visit
  • Download the app from the AppStore or Google Play
  • Sign In
  • Start sharing your observations
  • Get feedback from actual scientists, experts, and other naturalists
  • Look for the City Nature Challenge 2021 Project
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