Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy Blog

Live Stakes

June 15, 2021
bundled live stakes

HI, HELLO, AND WELCOME TO THIS WEEK’S POST ON LIVE STAKES! I am sure you are wondering, “What in the world are live stakes?”, but no worries, I’ll answer that…

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Foraging for Beginners Part Two

June 15, 2021
Socially distanced foraging hike in Frick Park

This past Sunday, I had the pleasure of joining Melissa Sokulski, author of the wonderful blog “Food Under Foot” on the Wild Edibles Hike at Frick Park. Thanks to this…

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Foraging for Beginners

June 14, 2021
close up image of dandelions

Nature in Your Neighborhood Every Spring, I get the strong urge to return to my hunter-gatherer roots. I dream of walking through the forest, with a basket at my side,…

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A Picnic in the Parks

June 14, 2021
Image of picnic basket in the parks

A picnic in the parks is the perfect summer outing. Here are my tips for having the best outdoor eating experience you can at Frick Park.   To begin planning…

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Free Summer Park Programs

June 4, 2021
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Your Parks, Your Stories

May 18, 2021

S.W., “I want to be able to see the parks be safe for all users and programming be related to all users.”M.H., “I hope that the future for parks is…

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Creating a More Resilient Urban Tree Canopy: Elm Cultivar Planting in Schenley Park

April 15, 2021
Looking up at the green tops of trees.

The Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy’s Horticulture and Forestry team is dedicated to creating a more resilient tree canopy. As part of this work, several years ago, the Parks Conservancy partnered with the City of Pittsburgh and the Penn State Cooperative Extension to plant Elm cultivars to understand elm breeding.

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Spring fun facts presented by the Horticulture and Forestry team

April 11, 2021
An image of Persian Ironwood perennials

DID YOU KNOW? The first daffodils to bloom in our area is the cultivar ‘Tete-a-Tete,’ which is a sweet miniature daffodil! Daffodils are a spring flower that deer and critters don’t eat, unlike tulips,…

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Let’s Learn about Rat Snakes!

April 9, 2021
Large rat snake in a tree

The Eastern garter snake (our regional subspecies of the common garter snake);  The common or Northern watersnake;  Dekay’s brown snake;  The Eastern milksnake. 

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Volunteerism Builds Community

April 8, 2021
A group of people planting a tree.

Cars whoosh rhythmically by as you walk along a sidewalk bordering a city park. When a park path meets the sidewalk, you veer off, dipping into the immediate relief of greenery. You might feel yourself breathing more deeply as you walk along under a canopy of trees.

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