Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy Rolls Out Exciting Summer Program Lineup in the Heart of City’s Greenspaces


Alana Wenk
Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy

Caroline Constantine 
Pipitone Group


The nonprofit’s latest program guide celebrates a summer of nature, community, and exploration in Pittsburgh’s breathtaking parks 

PITTSBURGH – MAY 28, 2024 – As summer approaches, the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy is unveiling a comprehensive programming guide showcasing an array of engaging events designed to foster a deeper connection with nature and the community. From educational outings to family-friendly activities, there's something for everyone to enjoy in Pittsburgh's vibrant green spaces. 

The highlight of the summer lineup is the much-anticipated Black Birders Weekend in Frick Park, celebrating diversity and inclusion in birding. Participants can join Naturalist Educator Nyjah Cephas and special guest birder Eric Hall for guided birding outings on June 1 and 2, offering beginners and seasoned bird enthusiasts the opportunity to connect with nature and each other. 

 "Our summer programming guide is a testament to our commitment to providing enriching experiences that celebrate the beauty of our parks and the diversity of our community," explained Matthew Hileman, Director of Operations and Visitor Engagement at Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy. "We invite everyone to join us in exploring, enjoying, and preserving these invaluable natural resources." 

Other notable events include the Western PA Mushroom Club Meetings, which offer insights into the fascinating world of fungi, and Full Moon Forest Bathing sessions, which provide a unique sensory experience under the moonlit sky. 

For families, don't miss Black Power Storytime in the From the Slavery to Freedom Garden, a special Juneteenth celebration featuring engaging stories and interactive garden activities. Additionally, Kids Days, presented by People's Gas at Schenley Plaza, promises a day of free carousel rides, live performances, and interactive fun for the whole family. 

Adults seeking wellness and community can participate in Walk with a Doc sessions led by physicians from UPMC, offering health education and camaraderie amidst the natural beauty of Schenley Park. 

The Parks Conservancy is also proud to host community events such as World Refugee Day celebrations and the WYEP Summer Music Festival 2024, showcasing diverse cultural performances and musical talents. 

With activities spanning various parks, including Frick, Schenley, Riverview, and Emerald View, the summer programming guide offers something for every interest and age group. 

Registration for select events is required and can be completed online. For more information and to view the full schedule, please visit 


About Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy: 
The Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy was founded in December 1996 by a group of citizens concerned with the deteriorating conditions of Pittsburgh’s historic city parks. A non-profit organization, the Parks Conservancy works closely with the City of Pittsburgh under an official public-private partnership agreement to restore and improve the city’s park system to its full potential. To date, the Parks Conservancy has raised more than $145 million and completed 22 major park improvement projects. The Parks Conservancy works with thousands of volunteers and provides programming for more than 7,500 children annually.