Neighborhood Nature PARKS ON THE GO

DISCOVER NATURE Follow along with Parks Conservancy Naturalist Educators!

Explore Fascinating Fall Fungi, presented by Stephen Bucklin!

Let's play outside with items you can find in your neighborhood or backyard: sticks! Follow along with Naturalist Educators, Patty and Lydia to begin.

You can also play outside with rocks! Follow along with Naturalist Educators, Chastity, Patty, and Lydia.

Parks Conservancy Naturalist Educator, Lydia, loves to research nature topics and then play with various words to create poems! Follow along as she shares a poem about something you can easily find around your neighborhood: dandelions!

Follow along on Mike (Carya) Cornell's adventure. You can also enjoy this scavenger hunt from the comfort of your neighborhood! 

Explore the woods of Pittsburgh's parks with Stephen Bucklin. What will he find during his exploration of mushrooms and lichens? 

Q&A with Stephen Bucklin, Naturalist Educator, Part 1

Q&A with Mike (Carya) Cornell, Naturalist Educator, Part 2

Spring Migratory Song Birds, Stephen Bucklin, Naturalist Educator 

Discover the wonders of nature with Stephen and Nyjah as they explore a Frick Park stream!

 

iNaturalist BECOME A CITIZEN SCIENTIST

iNaturalist is citizen science project that is compiling a database of individual’s observations of the living world. iNaturalist combines human and artificial intelligence to help identify and catalogue life on earth.

Check out the following guides for contributing high quality images to iNaturalist!

Birds

Fungi

Insects

Lichens

Mammals

Mollusks

Plants

Trees and Shrubs

Merlin Bird ID  from The Cornell Lab of Ornithology 

Fill out a simple checklist about the bird you're seeing, and Merlin will generate a list of possible birds, show you their pictures, and let you play their calls. A great way to start birding, it’s the next best thing to going out on a bird walk with a naturalist. 

Join in on the research action! You become the researcher and contribute to our global understanding of the world.

iNaturalist
Project Budhurst
FrogWatch

WE ARE ALL IN. ARE YOU?

Parks do not exist without people. We restore parks for your joy and well-being. Pittsburghers need spaces where fathers can play catch with their sons, couples reconnect, family’s picnic. Parks, in return, do more than we realize. They clean the air, filter stormwater, lower stress…provide a natural sanctuary in forests of steel and glass surrounded by rivers of asphalt. Like anything alive, if neglected a park will suffer. And ultimately perish.

We believe in the power of parks. We are all in. Are you?