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Jennings Environmental Education Center

Jennings offers a full range of educational programs. A unique attraction at the center is its relict prairie, which includes the spectacular and well-known prairie flower, the blazing star. The relict prairie ecosystem is rare in Pennsylvania. Visitors should try to visit in late July or early August when the prairie is in full bloom.

2951 Prospect Rd., Slippery Rock, PA 16057-5023










Wil Taylor



Upcoming Events

Nature Detectives: Fly, Glide and Fall

Families are invited to become “nature detectives," investigating how natural items fly, glide and fall. During this program, we will use our detective...

10/13 2pm
Homeschool CSI: Micro Habitats

Homeschooling families are invited to explore areas that are often overlooked. A habitat is a home for plants, animals and other organisms. But, it's not...

10/16 8:30am
Family STEM Night: Geometry and Patterns in Nature

Children in 2nd through 6th grade are invited the explore geometry and patterns in nature at Family Science Night on Tuesday, October 22 from 6 PM – 8 PM at...

10/22 6pm
A Bump in the Night

When darkness envelops the landscape and human vision fails, the other four senses suddenly become alert. As imaginations run wild, night sounds often can...

10/27 7pm
Finding the Park’s Past

Help Jennings Environmental Education Center uncover the human history of their land during this exploration of genealogical resources at the Butler Area...

11/2 12:30pm

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Bruce Kollister

Bruce Kollister left a positive review 2/24/2018

The little hike and re-enactment was very good. I appreciated getting to converse with the participants, and they seemed to have a reasonable amount of knowledge relative to the event. My one criticism is that the student readers, if they are going to read a script, at least read it more slowly, and project louder, and relate better to the crowd. I know...I'm sure that individual is hard to find. Overall, I found it very worthwhile. Thank you.

Joan Hohman

Joan Hohman left a positive review 1/22/2018

Scouting Venturing Crew 488 attended . One of the lady rangers showed us the more modern snow shoes. We had brought our own snow shoes - old wood ones. It gave the Venturers the experience the differences in snow shoes. We snow shoed on the lake . It was a great time.

Beth McKinstry

Beth McKinstry left a positive review 2/25/2017

We brought Boy Scouts from Pittsburgh and they walked the 7 mi. morning hike. It was most enjoyable. There was room for the afternoon History hike, so they did that one, too! Only one piece of cherry pie each, though. Spent about 20 minutes with Mike Homza, the Frenchman, who took time with them to explain how efficient the French were when traveling. Something the scouts should learn to do when camping! Thank you very much. We hope to join you again next year if not before on the North Country Trail. Special thanks to Joyce Appel for her suggestions and to Ms. Lubold, ranger for helping with registrations.

Maria Moore Poremski

Maria Moore Poremski left a positive review 2/25/2017

The long hike was great..And Eric the guide was awesome .


Dan left a positive review 2/25/2017

First time out with the group.. Enjoyed it

Eliza Jayne

Eliza Jayne left a positive review 2/11/2017

I attended this event with my 14 year old son. We had an amazing experience! We learned so much in the classroom, that we were able to identify and tap our own tree using the provided equipment. Within a few minutes, sap was dripping into the bucket. Our level of learning from this class gave us the confidence to purchase some equipment to use on our own trees at home. I highly recommend this class.

Heidi Smith

Heidi Smith left a positive review 11/4/2015

Most of the time my kids had a great time. They really enjoyed all the hands on learning sections. They loved pretending they were a water drop and going to different things that a water molecule might experience. They like going outside and using the various weather instruments like the barometer and the "humidity detector" as they called it. They really liked the habitat and climate game and wished they could've played it longer. Some of the talking part they thought was ok, but they are kids! I thought Stephanie and her partner did a great job with the kids!

Lisa Thompson

Lisa Thompson left a positive review 9/26/2015

Couldn't asked for a more perfect day...Mother Nature cooperated with us. Jennings's staff and volunteers are awesome- we were split into 4 groups with various work projects. I love the flexibility and cooperative spirit of all participants. Finished up with a group photo, a delicious lunch and given a beautifully-designed t-shirt. Jennings, You Rock!

Regina Miller

Regina Miller left a positive review 4/15/2015

Fabulous! The speaker was very interesting and knowledgeable. His display of artifacts was wonderful.