Using Pleasant Valley Park
Pleasant Valley Park's 262 acres of woodlands, open fields, hilltops and remote valleys provide excellent areas for many outdoor activities year round. Anyone who enjoys being outdoors in a natural area, is likely to find something to like about Pleasant Valley Park.
The 4-H Conservation Club uses PV Park as the location for their monthly project book meetings. PV Park has become the club's "Classroom" on a number of occasions, where kids have learned about nature and conservation while participating in fun activities. They explored the park on a species scavenger hunt, looking for as many different species of plants and animals as possible. They learned how to determine how old a tree is; what poison ivy looks like; and much more during a "Question and Answer Walk" with a naturalist from the Westmoreland Conservancy. They created a bird house out of recycled materials, that they can put up to attract birds to their yards. They practiced making a tree rubbing for the Adopt-a-Tree project book. They also made an ABC board of plants and animals that can be found in PV Park.
The park was adopted by the club through PA CleanWays (now called Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful) and the kids pick up trash twice a year. Once in the spring - around Earth Day, and again in the fall - usually on National Public Lands Day.
The 4-H Conservation Club is also working with the PV Park Volunteers on a Tree Sign Identification Project. As of November of 2011, they have 30 trees identified along the various trails. Sixteen trees have both the sign and post installed. Visit our Tree Identification Sign Project page for more information about the tree sign project, pictures of the trees and signs and where the various tree signs are located.
Work will be continuing during 2012 to install the fourteen other posts and Tree Identification Signs. Then they will work to find examples of fifteen more trees that they have purchased signs for already, but have not found on a trail yet.
If any of these activities sound like fun, please contact Bonnie Belak (724-327-6885) about joining the club. The club is open to all kids ages 5 to 19.
Hunting in Pleasant Valley Park is limited to muzzle loader and archery seasons with prior certification and registration required by the Municipality of Murrysville. For more information call 724-327-2100 or visit the Municipality of Murrysville Website. There used to be information about hunting on the website, but I am not sure whether they have put that information back up yet on the new website.
Geocaching is an entertaining adventure game for GPS users. Participating in a cache hunt is a good way to take advantage of the wonderful features and capability of a GPS unit. The basic idea is to have individuals and organizations set up caches all over the world and share the locations of these caches on the internet. GPS users can then use the location coordinates to find the caches. Once found, a cache may provide the visitor with a wide variety of rewards. All the visitor is asked to do is if they take something from the cache they should leave something in the cache for the next person to find.
As of November 2011, there are five Geocaches located in Pleasant Valley Park. You can find general information about geocaching at The Official Global GPS Cache Hunt Site along with necessary information on the following caches. However, you will need to be a member of Geocaching.com in order to view the detailed information about the various caches at PV Park.
- How Green is My Pleasant Valley - GC Code: GC12QPA
- Pleasant Trails - GC Code: GC2C0R4
- Pleasant View in Pleasant Valley Park - GC Code: GC1HQB9
- Pleasant Valley Pond Micro - GC Code: GC2FJ0B
- The Valley in Pleasant Valley Park - GC Code: GC1HQAB
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Note: There used to be another Geocache in the park - but it has since been Archived. You can still view the log (if you are a member and logged in) for Perfect Pleasant Valley Park - GC Code: GC13E50, however, the cache is no longer there.
Geocachers record finding a geocache online at Geocaching.com and often will leave comments about the geocache or the location. Some comments made by geocachers about Pleasant Valley Park are listed on the Visitor Comments page.