Spring: Before You Know It!

With all the sunshine and melting snow we’ve seen over the past few days, it’s hard not to turn your thoughts to spring, when everything in the parks will look new again and there will be tons of opportunities to get outside.  We’ve got a busy slate of events coming up starting in March, including half a dozen volunteer days and a free film presentation.  Check out some of the events on offer below, and visit www.parksarefree.com for more!

Urban EcoSteward Erosion Control Training
Sunday, March 6, 9:00am – 12:00pm
Riverview Park Chapel Shelter

Keep that water from racing down the hillside!  Learn techniques for keeping valuable soil from washing away using plants and other restoration techniques.  Register at www.pittsburghparks.org/uestrainings.

Olmsted LegacyFree Film Screening: “The Olmsted Legacy”
Thursday, March 10, 6:30 – 8:30pm
Carnegie Museum of Art Theater

Join us for a free screening of the documentary The Olmsted Legacy.  The one-hour film examines the formation of America’s first great city parks in the late 19th century through the enigmatic eyes of Frederick Law Olmsted, visionary urban planner and landscape architect.  We’ll follow the film with a panel discussion and dessert reception.  RSVP at www.pittsburghparks.org/filmfestival

Schenley Park Volunteer Day
Sunday, March 13, 9:00am – 12:00pm
Bartlett Shelter

Help the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy improve the Panther Hollow Run stream through plantings and other restoration techniques.  To sign up, visit www.pittsburghparks.org/volunteerdays.

Highland Park Volunteer Day
Saturday, March 19, 9:00am – 1:00pm
Pool Grove Shelter on Lake Drive

Help the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy clear a garbage dump site and beautify Highland Park with native plantings.  To sign up, visit www.pittsburghparks.org/volunteerdays.

Cliffside Park Volunteer Day
Saturday, April 2, 9:00am – 1:00pm
Corner of Cliff St. and Cassatt St. in the Hill District

Help the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy continue improvements at Cliffside Park in the Hill District.  To sign up, visit www.pittsburghparks.org/volunteerdays.

Panther Hollow Volunteer Extravaganza
Saturday, April 16, 9:00am – 1:30pm
Meet at Schenley Plaza

Join the Parks Conservancy and many partner organizations for this watershed-wide improvement including tree planting, trash and invasive plant removal, storm drain stenciling, and more.  This year we’ll be working in the park as well as the Oakland neighborhood, and we hope to have at least 300 volunteers!  Learn more and help us meet our goal at www.pittsburghparks.org/extravaganza

Riverview Park Volunteer Day
Saturday, April 30, 9:00am – 1:00pm
Riverview Park Chapel Shelter

Help the Parks Conservancy plant native trees and install deer protection to improve park health. To sign up, visit www.pittsburghparks.org/volunteerdays.

Spring Hat Luncheon
Saturday, May 7, 11:15am – 2:15pm
Riverview Park

The Hat Luncheon is the Parks Conservancy’s premier fundraising event, combining high fashion, an elegant meal, and the beauty of Pittsburgh’s natural areas.  In addition to being the can’t-miss social event of springtime, the Hat Luncheon has brought in more than $4 million for the restoration of our city parks.   To purchase tickets, visit www.pittsburghparks.org/springhatluncheon or call 412-682-7275.

Urban EcoSteward Early Season Invasives Training
Sunday, May 15, 9:00am – 12:00pm
Lower Frick Parking Lot off Lancaster Ave.

What’s a “good plant” and what’s a “bad plant?”  Learn how to identify and remove invasive plants early in the season.  Register at www.pittsburghparks.org/uestrainings.

Urban EcoSteward Tree and Shrub ID Training
Thursday, June 9, 5:30 – 7:30pm
Lower Frick Parking Lot off Lancaster Ave.

Ever wonder what that tree is that produces such pretty flowers in spring?  This is the place to come for answers!  Learn some useful tools for field identification of native and non-native trees and shrubs.  Register at www.pittsburghparks.org/uestrainings.

Frick Park Volunteer Day
Saturday, June 11, 9:00am – 1:00pm
Lower Frick Parking Lot off Lancaster Ave.

Join the Parks and Conservancy and the Nine Mile Run Watershed Association in this all-around workday of planting, invasive removal, and cleanup to help improve the Fern Hollow stream, a tributary to Nine Mile Run.   To sign up, visit www.pittsburghparks.org/volunteerdays.

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