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Jennings Environmental Education Center

Prospect, Pennsylvania

Jennings Environmental Education Center

Jennings Environmental Education Center Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"This is a fairly easy hike—it has just one challenging climb— and can be combined with one of Jennings Environmental Education Center’s many nature programs for a full day of fun outdoors. Programs typically cover everything from tree identification and wildflowers to rattlesnakes and Native American culture, with some specifically for children."

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Directions from the book should read: "From Pittsburgh, take Interstate 79 North to PA 422 East [not "west"] to PA 528 North. The center is approximately 12 miles north of Butler...etc."
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Detailed Trail Descriptions from Our Guidebooks

"At 3.0 miles, this is one of the shortest hikes in the book. It’s a relatively easy one, too, with just one challenging climb. But that doesn’t mean you can’t make a day out of visiting Jennings Environmental Education Center. The center routinely hosts programs for children and adults on everything from tree identification and wildflowers to rattlesnakes and Native American culture. Most are free, and all are open to the public, so you can often plan a hike around another opportunity to learn about nature. If you walk your dog through Jennings’s prairie—which is also home to endangered massasauga rattlesnakes—be sure to keep your pet on a leash so that neither he nor the snakes get hurt."
"Jennings provides a unique combination of prairie and forestlands. The relict 20-acre prairie ecosystem is rare in Pennsylvania. It has survived the climatic changes that transformed other prairies into forests, due to its 20-foot-thick layer of impermeable clay that dissuades the growth of trees. Visitors should try to visit in late July or early August when the prairie is in full bloom. The late bloom time is common for prairie plants, which prefer the hot, dry weather of midsummer. Begin the hike at the obvious trailhead, which is marked by two stone pillars dedicated to Dr. Otto Emery Jennings, one of Pennsylvania’s most renowned botanists; he was influential in protecting the prairie."

Trail Information

Prospect
Nearby City
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Accessibility
3
Distance
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Easy to Moderate
Skill Level
2
Duration
Year-round
Season
Skiing
Additional Use
Wildflowers
Features
USGS Slippery Rock
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