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Out & About: Winnie Palmer Nature Reserve hosts dinner in Unity

Dawn Law
| Sunday, Feb. 14, 2016, 9:00 p.m.
Winnie Palmer Nature Reserve staff, (from left),  Allison Petris, Environmental Education Coordinator, Jean Keene, Environmental Education Program Assistant, Anthony Sellitto, AmeriCorps member, and Angela Belli, Environmental Education Director, gather for a photo at the Nature Night Out,  A Valentine Celebration, held at the Winnie Palmer Nature Reserve at Saint Vincent College in Unity Township on Friday evening, February 12, 2016.
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Winnie Palmer Nature Reserve staff, (from left), Allison Petris, Environmental Education Coordinator, Jean Keene, Environmental Education Program Assistant, Anthony Sellitto, AmeriCorps member, and Angela Belli, Environmental Education Director, gather for a photo at the Nature Night Out, A Valentine Celebration, held at the Winnie Palmer Nature Reserve at Saint Vincent College in Unity Township on Friday evening, February 12, 2016.
Sierra Sellers, of Sewickley, Allegheny County, performs for guests, during the Nature Night Out, A Valentine Celebration, held at the Winnie Palmer Nature Reserve at Saint Vincent College in Unity Township on Friday evening, February 12, 2016.
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Sierra Sellers, of Sewickley, Allegheny County, performs for guests, during the Nature Night Out, A Valentine Celebration, held at the Winnie Palmer Nature Reserve at Saint Vincent College in Unity Township on Friday evening, February 12, 2016.
(from left), Nathan Rakaczky, of Pittsburgh, and Mary Reich, of Lancaster, both students at St. Vincent College, enjoy the evening at the Nature Night Out,  A Valentine Celebration, held at the Winnie Palmer Nature Reserve at Saint Vincent College in Unity Township on Friday evening, February 12, 2016.
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(from left), Nathan Rakaczky, of Pittsburgh, and Mary Reich, of Lancaster, both students at St. Vincent College, enjoy the evening at the Nature Night Out, A Valentine Celebration, held at the Winnie Palmer Nature Reserve at Saint Vincent College in Unity Township on Friday evening, February 12, 2016.
(from left), Exhibiting artist, Carson Snyder, of North Huntingdon, joins Ashley Zolocsik, of Kittanning, and Zach Folk, of Butler, at the Nature Night Out, A Valentine Celebration, held at the Winnie Palmer Nature Reserve at Saint Vincent College in Unity Township on Friday evening, February 12, 2016.
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(from left), Exhibiting artist, Carson Snyder, of North Huntingdon, joins Ashley Zolocsik, of Kittanning, and Zach Folk, of Butler, at the Nature Night Out, A Valentine Celebration, held at the Winnie Palmer Nature Reserve at Saint Vincent College in Unity Township on Friday evening, February 12, 2016.
(from left), Patrick and Jennifer Noonan, mingle with Meg Ferguson, all of Greensburg, during the Nature Night Out, A Valentine Celebration, held at the Winnie Palmer Nature Reserve at Saint Vincent College in Unity Township on Friday evening, February 12, 2016.
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(from left), Patrick and Jennifer Noonan, mingle with Meg Ferguson, all of Greensburg, during the Nature Night Out, A Valentine Celebration, held at the Winnie Palmer Nature Reserve at Saint Vincent College in Unity Township on Friday evening, February 12, 2016.

Winnie Palmer Nature Reserve hostedNature Night Out on Feb. 12 to celebrate love, art and nature on Valentine's Day.

The event benefited environmental educational programs at the 50-acre reserve at St. Vincent College in Unity.

Jenni Urban, 19, of Glassport, a sophomore and environmental science major, showed her parents, Scott and Barb Urban, the wonderful, rustic barn at the reserve, where she does work study.

“It's great working down here,” Urban said. “I love it.”

The evening began with a reception, an exhibit of local art work, and entertainment with vocalist Sierra Sellers and guitarist and vocalist Nick Tercek.

After a buffet dinner, guests got a close-up look at an eastern box turtle and an American bullfrog from the property. Environmental education program assistant Jean Keene talked about animal mating habits.

Other animal visitors were from Wildlife Works in Youngwood: a corn snake, American kestrel (a small falcon) and an eastern screech owl. Wildlife Works is an all-volunteer nonprofit that rehabilitates and releases injured, ill and orphaned mammals, songbirds and birds of prey.

Seen at Nature Night Out: Erin Stovich, Doug and Mary Jaffe, Gabrielle Nastuck, Joe Bellack, reserve director Angela Belli with husband Christian, and Allison Petris and Anthony Sellitto.

— Dawn Law

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