Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy
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Frick Environmental Center Dashboard - Join the Educator Cohort! 

Calling all high school teachers! With the launch on the Frick Environmental Center sustainability resources webpage, the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy will be hosting Educator Cohorts throughout the 2021-2022 school year. Cohorts will explore how to use the Building Dashboard and create engaging lesson plans based on analyzing its data. Participants will receive in-depth training on the dashboard along with a free virtual tour of the Frick Environmental Center or a reduced cost in-person tour. Stipends and Act 48 credits are also available for participants.

Click here to register for the next Cohort!

Thank you to the Arconic Foundation for making this sustainability project possible!

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For the Love of Parks

Listen to "For the Love of Parks" as you take a relaxing walk through your favorite Pittsburgh green space!

The first FIVE episodes of our original podcast are now available on all major streaming platforms, and the final episode of the season will be released on Monday, November 8! In honor of the Conservancy's 25th anniversary, the series dives into the stories of beloved park spaces such as Riverview Park, the Westinghouse Memorial, and so much more. 

Don't forget to lookout for more details about the next set of episodes, set to release in early January 2022!

Stream online or visit pittsburghparks.org/podcast to learn more.

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THANK YOU for Joining us this Summer!

As the chilly Pittsburgh weather rolls in, we'd like to take a moment and thank you for another fantastic year of free programs in your parks! While there's still PLENTY to do in your parks this fall and winter, we had a wonderful time spending our summer with you.

To each of our programming instructors, partners, volunteers, and participants, THANK YOU for joining us all summer long! Though most of our summer programs have come to a close, we look forward to another amazing year of free activities and programs in 2022!

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Celebrating the Season with Bump in the Night

Thank you to all our friends that joined us throughout October for Bump in the Night! We had a great time at the Frick Environmental Center, taking nature walks through the park, learning about nocturnal animals, and making lasting memories with so many of our park friends!

In case you couldn’t make it to Bump in the Night this year, please check out the resources below to help you celebrate the season with your family, friends and loved ones!

Roasting Pumpkin Seeds

The Science of Changing Leaves

Make Leaf Crafts

Learn Nocturnal Animal Sounds

Guess the Animal Sound Game

Thank you once again to Giant Eagle for generously donating pumpkins to this event.

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Welcoming Ross Chapman to the Conservancy

The Parks Conservancy is pleased to welcome Ross Chapman to the organization as the Director of Park Operations and Civic Partnerships effective November 8, 2021. In this newly created role, Ross will support the mission, vision, and overall advancement of the Parks Conservancy and provide strategic leadership on all matters related to creating an excellent and inclusive park system.

Please join us in welcoming Ross to the Parks Conservancy family!

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Mellon Park Needs Your Input!

The Mellon Park Action Plan looks to create a unified vision for the park based on community and municipal priorities for park restoration, developments, and activity. We'd like to hear your thoughts on how Mellon Park can be improved! 

The following survey allows you to provide feedback on the preliminary design concepts for Mellon Park North and South, along with overall park improvements. These conceptual plans were developed based on community feedback and input we received through multiple public meetings, focus groups, and survey responses. But we still need your thoughts and input!

Complete the survey here

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How are YOU Thankful for your Parks?

Parks are a place to relax, de-stress, and create a lifetime of memories! Plus, exposure to nature and the outdoors is proven to increase our mood, bettering out social, mental, and physical health. 

During this season of giving, we want to hear from you! Tell us why you're thankful for your parks! Is it an evening stroll after a long day at work? A day out with friends and family? Or a place to exercise with your furry friends? We want to hear YOUR stories! 

Tag us on social media, send us a DM, or email jjameson@pittsburghparks.org and share with us why you are thankful for your parks. We may even feature your story on our social media channels! 


Positively Parks 

"This photo was taken at 7:46 A.M. on April 11th. It had rained the night before, and there was a thin fog diffusing the morning light. The air was laden with the scent of tannins from last autumn's leaves, of rainfall, and the earthy fragrance of fresh soil. As dozens of squirrels foraged on the hillside, the sound of rustling was audible over an exuberant chorus of birds and the faint bubbling of the stream trickling down the ravine. As I walked down the hill, the trunks of the trees were silhouetted against the glowing, golden-white light of the morning sun as it just barely rose above the sparse, viridescent spring canopy.

It was, in short, a mesmerizing scene set within an enchanted atmosphere. No other moment has ever quite so vividly captured the essence of spring in my life. Frick Park is an absolute treasure, and I feel immense gratitude for those of you that put in the effort to maintain it and protect it against the modern world." - Jonathon G

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SAVE THE DATE - Giving Tuesday

Across the world, individuals and organizations participate in an annual movement founded on one simple idea: a day that encourages people to do good. This year, Giving Tuesday will be on November 30, 2021. We ask that you consider supporting the restoration and improvement of your local parks by giving a gift to the Parks Conservancy. 

Whether you’re able to give $5, $50, or $500 dollars to your parks, YOU have the power to make a positive and lasting impact on your beloved green spaces. This year on Giving Tuesday, your gift will go TWICE as far! Thanks to a matching gift opportunity from a generous donor, we will match your donations, dollar-for-dollar, up to $25,000!

Visit pittsburghparks.org to learn how you can give. 

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