Free Wildlife programs

FREE Intro to Fishing Programs with the PA Fish and Boat Commission

August 2 and 5 at Townsend Park Pond. 6:00 pm


The PA Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) is offering FREE Introduction to Fishing Meet-Up programs at the Townsend Park Pond.

PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Limited Spots. NO fishing license needed for duration of program.

Interested in getting started with or learning more about fishing in Pennsylvania? These programs offer participants the opportunity to learn the basics of how to be safe, cast, bait a hook and go fishing.

PFBC staff provide the fishing equipment, bait and instruction. Again, NO FISHING LICENSE needed, the equipment, bait and instruction are provided for FREE.

Participants are welcome to bring their own equipment. This is a great opportunity to bring your newly purchased fishing rod and learn how to use it!

CLICK on a link below to REGISTER TODAY to secure your spot for the program date(s) that fit your schedule!

August 2 -

August 5 -

Wildlife Events on the Westmoreland Heritage Trail at the Roberts Trailhead Murrysville Visitors Center

Join Murrysville volunteer Sue Miller on the last Sunday of each month (May through October) from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Roberts Trailhead Murrysville Visitors Center to interact with nature! Register for any of these events for FREE at

  • Sunday, May 31: Turtles, Frogs, and Salamanders of Murrysville
  • Sunday, June 28: Birds of Murrysville
  • Sunday, July 26: Mammals of Murrysville
  • Sunday, August 30: Butterflies of Murrysville
  • Sunday, September 27: Wildflowers of Murrysville
  • Sunday, October 25: Trees of Murrysville

Eat Your Weeds! at Murrysville Community  Park Wetlands

Saturday, May 16, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

This event has been postponed and this will be updated as soon as a new date has been established.

Ages: 12 to Adult

(4056 Wiestertown Rd. Export, PA 15632)

Yank! Pull! Dig! Spray! Weeding is a gardener’s most dreaded task! But did you know that you can eat many common weeds like dandelions, Canada thistle, garlic mustard, burdock, even Japanese knotweed? Learn to use weeds as ingredients in your favorite recipes and eliminate the need for most herbicides, increase beneficial pollinators and brighten your attitude toward gardening as you actively search for edible weeds rather than fighting them. Register for this FREE program at

Reptiles and Amphibians in Your Neighborhood

Saturday, June 20,  9:00-10:30 a.m.

All Ages

Murrysville Community Park Wetlands (4056 Wiestertown Rd. Export, PA 15632)

Jim Pemberton, a reptile and amphibian enthusiast, will offer a program on reptiles and amphibians in western Westmoreland County, specifically focusing on those you are most likely to encounter on local trails and waterways. After the presentation Jim will lead a walk around the wetlands to explain what reptiles and amphibians call our local wetlands home! Jim will also have some critters on hand for guests to see up close. Registration for this program is FULL at this time. Thank you for such a HUGE interest in our wetlands reptiles and amphibians! If you are not yet registered, please consider attending the Wetlands Tour on June 27 or the Eat Your Weeds presentation, which will soon be rescheduled to a new date. Thank you!

Wetlands Tour at Murrysville Community Park

Saturday, June 27 at 10:00 a.m.

Enjoy this free guided walk for all ages with Susan Miller, naturalist and local Murrysville resident, who will share MCP wetlands wildlife sightings. Get a peek at Purple Martin baby birds, check the Bluebird boxes and learn all about bears from Mike Papinchak with the PA Game Commission! Register for FREE at


More events will be added...check back here for details!