Celebrating the Return of the Light

As we usher in the new season, we're thinking about all of the ways that nature supports our mental well-being. Studies have shown that our moods are deeply affected by the amount of sunlight we receive while playing in the dirt is known to boost our immune system. There's even evidence that spending time in the woods or forest bathing reduces stress, anxiety, and depression. After a truly important season of rest and introspection, and as we near the spring equinox, we begin to feel anxious, and often crave warmth, light, color, and that exciting feeling of renewal.

Though the season of flowers and sunshine still feels so far away, the vernal equinox happens on Monday, March 20, at 5:24 pm, EDT, marking the astronomical beginning of spring in the Northern Hemisphere. With the return of Daylight Savings Time on Sunday, March 12 at 2:00 am, we'll be poised to allow ourselves to once again begin to dream about the upcoming seasons of abundance.

So as the winter turns bitter for a short time this weekend and into the next week, visit us at the Learning Center Barn to celebrate the women of the world. We'll have some fun hands-on activities, both inside and out, and a little something to keep your belly warm and your spirits lifted. The light has returned, and we can't wait to get outside with you!


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Executive Director, Winnie Palmer Nature Reserve

Celebrating Women All Month Long

Signs of Life

The greenhouse is sprouting new and exciting things. Keep an eye out for plant and seed offerings as we tiptoe toward spring!

Bird Walks With Our Ornithology Superstar!!

Learning Through Play

Get Social With S.T.E.M.

Citizen Science Matters.


Join our year-round project and help document all the flora and fauna that call the Reserve home!

Join the millions of people worldwide sharing their nature observations with one another and scientists working to address climate change and habitat alteration.

Our smaller seasonal projects have been condensed into one large project of all the species observed here at WPNR. Stop in today if you need a refresher course on how to use the app or join our project!

Join the Project

SVC Students' Skills On Display:

Thank you to the undergraduate students from Saint Vincent College’s Field class under the direction of Dr. Stacie Nowikowski. They created engaging and interactive spring exhibits for visitors great and small at Winnie Palmer Nature Reserve. Stop in to check them out!

Hooray For Summer Camp!!

Registration goes live on our website for

summer camps on April 3, 2023.

Don't delay - they fill up fast!

Bird and Bug Family Camp

June 21-23, 2023

10am – Noon

designed for families with children 5 and up

Nature Explore Camp

July 24-28, 2023


Ages 6-8

Slime and Scale Family Camp

August 2-4, 2023


designed for families with children 5 and up

Bug Camp

August 9-11, 2023


ages 5-6 with an adult

Registration Opens April 3, 2023

Chlorophyll and Sunlight.

Above photos (l and r) courtesy of Alec Barlock.


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(724) 537-5284

744 Walzer Way ​Latrobe, PA 15650

Winter Barn Hours: Wednesday 10 AM – 4 PM

Trail Hours:  Daily Dawn to Dusk

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