Group Volunteer Opportunities Weeding and Deadheading

Weeding and Deadheading (Early April) SCHENLEY PARK

VOLUNTEER EVENT DETAILS

WHERE

Bartlett Playground Hobart St., Pittsburgh, PA 15217

Growing from underground bulbs, daffodils are one of the first signs of spring. Once they are done blooming, the bulb needs to store the energy that is being produced by the remaining leaves, in order to continue to bloom year after year. This is done by allowing foliage to turn yellow and die back. This normally takes about six weeks after removing the flower head. Deadheading, or cutting off the flowers when they start to fade, allows daffodil bulbs to build up a storehouse of energy.  The removal of weeds helps to encourage the growth of plants that should be in the landscape. A weed is a plant in the landscape that is undesirable or in the wrong place. These plants compete with desirable plants for nutrients, water, and light.

The Parks Conservancy staff will teach you how to tell the difference between a weed and desirable plant. You will use hand trowels, shovels, and rakes to remove weeds from the daffodil beds. You will use your fingers to pinch, or scissors to remove the spent flower buds. This includes bending, stooping, and kneeling on the ground to reach and remove the weeds and dead flower heads.  You will use buckets and tarps to put the debris in. Then it is hauled off by staff to composting areas. Tools will be provided for you. We will have clean gloves available, but due to COVID-19 we are asking volunteers to bring their own gloves when possible. 

SAFETY

Working in the woods comes with a few inherent risks. Poison ivy, ticks, mosquitos, and jagger-bushes might be present, and the terrain can be uneven and occasionally steep. Volunteers are required to wear close-toed shoes, and long pants are highly recommended. Please bring your own water bottle.

DONATE

A suggested donation of $280 - $330 will help cover the costs of materials and staff hours for this event, and for future maintenance of the site. There is no limit to the amount that can be donated!  

A young girl smelling flowers

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Number of  Volunteers: 10 - 20
Event duration: Two Hours
Season: Early April (4/1 - 4/10) 
Work Type:  Horticulture
Difficulty: Moderate
Funding support: Not supported
Contingent on Donation: No
Staff:  One - Two Staff Members
Bathrooms: Yes (port-a-potty)
Parking: Free

QUESTIONS?

Contact Jaci Bruschi (jbruschi@pittsburghparks.org) for more information. 

Weeding and Deadheading (Late April) SCHENLEY PARK

VOLUNTEER EVENT DETAILS

WHERE

Bartlett Playground Hobart St., Pittsburgh, PA 15217

Growing from underground bulbs, daffodils are one of the first signs of spring. Once they are done blooming, the bulb needs to store the energy that is being produced by the remaining leaves, in order to continue to bloom year after year. This is done by allowing foliage to turn yellow and die back. This normally takes about six weeks after removing the flower head. Deadheading, or cutting off the flowers when they start to fade, allows daffodil bulbs to build up a storehouse of energy.  The removal of weeds helps to encourage the growth of plants that should be in the landscape. A weed is a plant in the landscape that is undesirable or in the wrong place. These plants compete with desirable plants for nutrients, water, and light.

The Parks Conservancy staff will teach you how to tell the difference between a weed and desirable plant. You will use hand trowels, shovels, and rakes to remove weeds from the daffodil beds. You will use your fingers to pinch, or scissors to remove the spent flower buds. This includes bending, stooping, and kneeling on the ground to reach and remove the weeds and dead flower heads.  You will use buckets and tarps to put the debris in. Then it is hauled off by staff to composting areas. Tools will be provided for you. We will have clean gloves available, but due to COVID-19 we are asking volunteers to bring their own gloves when possible. 

SAFETY

Working in the woods comes with a few inherent risks. Poison ivy, ticks, mosquitos, and jagger-bushes might be present, and the terrain can be uneven and occasionally steep. Volunteers are required to wear close-toed shoes, and long pants are highly recommended. Please bring your own water bottle.

DONATE

A suggested donation of $280 - $330 will help cover the costs of materials and staff hours for this event, and for future maintenance of the site. There is no limit to the amount that can be donated!  

People sitting in a field in Schenley Park

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Number of  Volunteers: 10 - 20
Event duration: Two Hours
Season: Late April (4/20 - 4/30) 
Work Type:  Horticulture
Difficulty: Moderate
Funding support: Not supported
Contingent on Donation: No
Staff:  One - Two Staff Members
Bathrooms: Yes (port-a-potty)
Parking: Free

QUESTIONS?

Contact Jaci Bruschi (jbruschi@pittsburghparks.org) for more information. 

Weeding (Late April) Anchor Green Garden

VOLUNTEER EVENT DETAILS

WHERE

Anchor Green Garden, Emerald View Park - https://goo.gl/maps/sfe1CwFmFRXm9bHt7 

The removal of weeds helps to encourage the growth of plants we intend to be in the landscape. A weed is a plant in the landscape that is undesirable or in the wrong place. These plants compete with desirable plants for nutrients, water, and light. 

The Parks Conservnacy staff will teach you how to tell the difference between a weed and desirable plant. You will use hand trowels, shovels, and rakes to remove weeds from garden beds and around perennials. This includes bending, stooping, and kneeling on the ground to reach and remove the weeds.  You will use buckets and tarps to put the debris in. Then it is dumped in a truck or utility cart to be hauled off by staff to composting areas. Tools will be provided for you. We will have clean gloves available, but due to COVID-19 we are asking volunteers to bring their own gloves when possible. 

SAFETY

Garden spaces are often fully exposed to the sun and elements. Please bring your own water bottle. We recommend volunteers check the hourly forecast before arriving so that they can come prepared for the weather (eg. extra water, sunscreen or sunhats, bug spray, and rain jackets or sweatshirts). While not necessary, we recommend folks wear close-toed shoes for these volunteer events.  

DONATE

A suggested donation of $240 will help cover the costs of materials and staff hours for this event, and for future maintenance of the site. There is no limit to the amount that can be donated!  

Perennial flowers in the spring time.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Number of  Volunteers: Four - Ten 
Event duration: Two Hours
Season:Late April (4/12-4/30)
Work Type:  Horticulture
Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Funding support: Not supported
Contingent on Donation: No
Staff:  One Staff Member
Internal Lead: Robin
Bathrooms: None
Parking: Limited

QUESTIONS?

Contact Robin Eng (reng@pittsburghparks.org), Restoration Gardener for more information. 

Weeding and Deadheading (Early May) SCHENLEY PARK

VOLUNTEER EVENT DETAILS

WHERE

Bartlett Playground Hobart St., Pittsburgh, PA 15217

Growing from underground bulbs, daffodils are one of the first signs of spring. Once they are done blooming, the bulb needs to store the energy that is being produced by the remaining leaves, in order to continue to bloom year after year. This is done by allowing foliage to turn yellow and die back. This normally takes about six weeks after removing the flower head. Deadheading, or cutting off the flowers when they start to fade, allows daffodil bulbs to build up a storehouse of energy.  The removal of weeds helps to encourage the growth of plants that should be in the landscape. A weed is a plant in the landscape that is undesirable or in the wrong place. These plants compete with desirable plants for nutrients, water, and light.

The Parks Conservancy staff will teach you how to tell the difference between a weed and desirable plant. You will use hand trowels, shovels, and rakes to remove weeds from the daffodil beds. You will use your fingers to pinch, or scissors to remove the spent flower buds. This includes bending, stooping, and kneeling on the ground to reach and remove the weeds and dead flower heads.  You will use buckets and tarps to put the debris in. Then it is hauled off by staff to composting areas. Tools will be provided for you. We will have clean gloves available, but due to COVID-19 we are asking volunteers to bring their own gloves when possible. 

SAFETY

Working in the woods comes with a few inherent risks. Poison ivy, ticks, mosquitos, and jagger-bushes might be present, and the terrain can be uneven and occasionally steep. Volunteers are required to wear close-toed shoes, and long pants are highly recommended. Please bring your own water bottle.

DONATE

A suggested donation of $280 - $330 will help cover the costs of materials and staff hours for this event, and for future maintenance of the site. There is no limit to the amount that can be donated!  

A group of people playing volleyball in the Park at sunset with the city skyline behind them

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Number of  Volunteers: 10 - 20
Event duration: Two Hours
Season: Early May (5/1 - 5/10) 
Work Type:  Horticulture
Difficulty: Moderate
Funding support: Not supported
Contingent on Donation: No
Staff:  One - Two Staff Members
Bathrooms: Yes (port-a-potty)
Parking: Free

QUESTIONS?

Contact Jaci Bruschi (jbruschi@pittsburghparks.org) for more information. 

Weeding (Late May) Highland Park Entry Garden

VOLUNTEER EVENT DETAILS

WHERE

Highland Park Entry Garden, Highland Park - 1467 N Highland Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15206 

The removal of weeds helps to encourage the growth of plants we intend to be in the landscape. A weed is a plant in the landscape that is undesirable or in the wrong place.  These plants compete with desirable plants for nutrients, water, and light. 

The Parks Conservancy staff will teach you how to tell the difference between a weed and desirable plant. You will use hand trowels, shovels, and rakes to remove weeds from garden beds and around perennials. This includes bending, stooping, and kneeling on the ground to reach and remove the weeds. You will use buckets and tarps to put the debris in. Then it is dumped in a truck or utility cart to be hauled off by staff to composting areas. Tools will be provided for you. We will have clean gloves available, but due to Covid we ask folks bring their own gloves when possible. 

SAFETY

Garden spaces are often fully exposed to the sun and elements. Please bring your own water bottle. We recommend volunteers check the hourly forecast before arriving so that they can come prepared for the weather (eg. extra water, sunscreen or sunhats, bug spray, and rain jackets or sweatshirts). While not necessary, we recommend folks wear close-toed shoes for these volunteer events.  

DONATE

A suggested donation of $240 will help cover the costs of materials and staff hours for this event, and for future maintenance of the site. There is no limit to the amount that can be donated!  

RP Pipitone Volunteers jumping together outside

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Number of  Volunteers: Five - Fifteen
Event duration: Two Hours
Season:Late May (5/18-5/29)
Work Type:  Horticulture
Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Funding support: Not supported
Contingent on Donation: No
Staff:  One Staff Member
Internal Lead: Robin
Bathrooms: Yes (port-a-potty)
Parking: Free

QUESTIONS?

Contact Robin Eng (reng@pittsburghparks.org), Restoration Gardener for more information. 

Weeding (June - August) RIVERVIEW PARK CHAPEL SHELTER

VOLUNTEER EVENT DETAILS

WHERE

366 Riverview Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15214

The removal of weeds helps to encourage the growth of plants we intend to be in the landscape. A weed is a plant in the landscape that is undesirable or in the wrong place. These plants compete with desirable plants for nutrients, water, and light. 

The Parks Conservancy staff will teach you how to tell the difference between a weed and desirable plant. You will use hand trowels, shovels, and rakes to remove weeds from garden beds and around perennials. This includes bending, stooping, and kneeling on the ground to reach and remove the weeds. You will use buckets and wheel borrows to put the debris in and then haul it to a compost area. Tools will be provided for you. We will have clean gloves available, but due to COVID-19 we are asking volunteers to bring their own gloves when possible. 

SAFETY

Garden spaces are often fully exposed to the sun and elements. Please bring your own water bottle. We recommend volunteers check the hourly forecast before arriving so that they can come prepared for the weather (eg. extra water, sunscreen or sunhats, bug spray, and rain jackets or sweatshirts). While not necessary, we recommend folks wear close-toed shoes for these volunteer events.  

DONATE

A suggested donation of $140-$640 will help cover the costs of materials and staff hours for this event, and for future maintenance of the site. There is no limit to the amount that can be donated!  

Riverview Park Chapel Shelter with blooming flowers

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Number of  Volunteers: Five - Ten
Event duration: Two - Three Hours
Season: June through August

  • June Options-  7, 8, 9, 10, or 11 
  • July Options- 12, 13, 14, 15 or 16 
  • August Options-  9, 10, 11, 12, or 13 

Work Type:  Horticulture
Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Funding support: Yes
Contingent on Donation: No
Staff:  One Staff Member
Bathrooms: Yes
Parking: Free

QUESTIONS?

Contact Maggie Herrick (mherrick@pittsburghparks.org) for more information. 

Weeding (Early June) MELLON PARK WALLED GARDEN

VOLUNTEER EVENT DETAILS

WHERE

Mellon Park Parking Lot, 1059 Shady Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15232

The removal of weeds helps to encourage the growth of plants we intend to be in the landscape. A weed is a plant in the landscape that is undesirable or in the wrong place. These plants compete with desirable plants for nutrients, water, and light. 

The Parks Conservancy staff will teach you how to tell the difference between a weed and desirable plant. You will use hand trowels, shovels, and rakes to remove weeds from garden beds and around perennials. This includes bending, stooping, and kneeling on the ground to reach and remove the weeds. You will use buckets and wheel borrows to put the debris in and then haul it to a compost area. Tools will be provided for you. We will have clean gloves available, but due to COVID-19 we are asking volunteers to bring their own gloves when possible. 

SAFETY

Garden spaces are often fully exposed to the sun and elements. Please bring your own water bottle. We recommend volunteers check the hourly forecast before arriving so that they can come prepared for the weather (eg. extra water, sunscreen or sunhats, bug spray, and rain jackets or sweatshirts). While not necessary, we recommend folks wear close-toed shoes for these volunteer events.  

DONATE

A suggested donation of $140-$640 will help cover the costs of materials and staff hours for this event, and for future maintenance of the site. There is no limit to the amount that can be donated!  

Walled Garden and Fountain at Mellon Park

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Number of  Volunteers: Five - Eight
Event duration: Two Hours
Season: Early June (6/1 - 6/15) 
Work Type:  Horticulture
Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Funding support: Not supported
Contingent on Donation: No
Staff:  One Staff Member
Bathrooms: No
Parking: Paid Parking (nearby parking lot)

QUESTIONS?

Contact Angela Yuele (ayuele@pittsburghparks.org) for more information. 

Weeding and Deadheading (Early June) SCHENLEY PLAZA

VOLUNTEER EVENT DETAILS

WHERE

4100 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15260  

The removal of weeds helps to encourage the growth of plants we intend to be in the landscape. A weed is a plant in the landscape that is undesirable or in the wrong place. These plants compete with desirable plants for nutrients, water, and light. Deadheading flowers encourages plants to continue to produce more blooms throughout the growing season, sending the energy to the development of flowers instead of the roots; depending on the method of pruning you also are increasing the airflow around the crown of the plant to help prevent the development of diseases. Plus, it looks neat and tidy when you are done.

We will teach you how to tell the difference between a weed and desirable plant. Also we will teach you how to deadhead flowers, by showing you where the newly formed flower buds are emerging from the plant. Then show you where to cut off the spent or previously bloomed flowers.   You will use hand trowels, shovels, and rakes to remove weeds from garden beds and around perennials. You will use your fingers to pinch, or scissors to remove the spent flower buds. This includes bending, stooping, and kneeling on the ground to reach and remove the weeds and dead flower heads.  You will use buckets and tarps to put the debris in. Then it is dumped in a truck or utility cart to be hauled off by staff to composting areas. Tools will be provided for you. We will have clean gloves available, but due to COVID-19 we are asking volunteers to bring their own gloves when possible. 

SAFETY

Garden spaces are often fully exposed to the sun and elements. Please bring your own water bottle. We recommend volunteers check the hourly forecast before arriving so that they can come prepared for the weather (eg. extra water, sunscreen or sunhats, bug spray, and rain jackets or sweatshirts). While not necessary, we recommend folks wear close-toed shoes for these volunteer events.  

DONATE

A suggested donation of $140-$640 will help cover the costs of materials and staff hours for this event, and for future maintenance of the site. There is no limit to the amount that can be donated!  

Schenley Plaza Flower Beds in the Summer

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Number of  Volunteers: Five - Ten
Event duration: Two Hours
Season: Early June (6/1 - 6/10) 
Work Type:  Horticulture
Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Funding support: Not supported
Contingent on Donation: No
Staff:  One Staff Member
Bathrooms: Yes (port-a-potty)
Parking: Paid, Limited Street Parking

QUESTIONS?

Contact Jaci Bruschi (jbruschi@pittsburghparks.org) for more information. 

Weeding (Early June) WESTINGHOUSE MEMORIAL POND

VOLUNTEER EVENT DETAILS

WHERE

W. Circuit Rd, Pittsburgh, PA 15217 

The removal of weeds helps to encourage the growth of plants we intend to be in the landscape. A weed is a plant in the landscape that is undesirable or in the wrong place.  These plants compete with desirable plants for nutrients, water, and light. Deadheading flowers encourages plants to continue to produce more blooms throughout the growing season, sending the energy to the development of flowers instead of the roots; depending on the method of pruning you also are increasing the airflow around the crown of the plant to help prevent the development of diseases. Plus, it looks neat and tidy when you are done.

We will teach you how to tell the difference between a weed and desirable plant. Also we will teach you how to deadhead flowers, by showing you where the newly formed flower buds are emerging from the plant. Then, we will show you where to cut off the spent or previously bloomed flowers. You will use hand trowels, shovels, and rakes to remove weeds from garden beds and around perennials. You will use your fingers to pinch, or scissors to remove the spent flower buds. This includes bending, stooping, and kneeling on the ground to reach and remove the weeds and dead flower heads. You will use buckets and tarps to put the debris in. Then it is dumped in a truck or utility cart to be hauled off by staff to composting areas. Tools will be provided for you. We will have clean gloves available, but due to COVID-19 we are asking volunteers to bring their own gloves when possible. 

SAFETY

Garden spaces are often fully exposed to the sun and elements. Please bring your own water bottle. We recommend volunteers check the hourly forecast before arriving so that they can come prepared for the weather (eg. extra water, sunscreen or sunhats, bug spray, and rain jackets or sweatshirts). While not necessary, we recommend folks wear close-toed shoes for these volunteer events.  

DONATE

A suggested donation of $140-$640 will help cover the costs of materials and staff hours for this event, and for future maintenance of the site. There is no limit to the amount that can be donated!  

Westinghouse Project

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Number of  Volunteers: Five - Fifteen
Event duration: Two hours
Season: Early June (6/1 - 6/10) 
Work Type:  Horticulture
Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Funding support: Not supported
Contingent on Donation: No
Staff:  One Staff Member
Bathrooms: Yes (port-a-potty)
Parking: Paid , On-Street Parking

QUESTIONS?

Contact Jaci Bruschi (jbruschi@pittsburghparks.org) for more information. 

Weeding (Early June) FRICK ENVIRONMENTAL CENTER

VOLUNTEER EVENT DETAILS

WHERE

Frick Environmental Center, 2005 Beechwood Blvd., Pittsburgh, PA 15217 

The removal of weeds helps to encourage the growth of plants we intend to be in the landscape. A weed is a plant in the landscape that is undesirable or in the wrong place. These plants compete with desirable plants for nutrients, water, and light. 

The Parks Conservancy staff will teach you how to tell the difference between a weed and desirable plant. You will use hand trowels, shovels, and rakes to remove weeds from garden beds and around perennials. This includes bending, stooping, and kneeling on the ground to reach and remove the weeds. You will use buckets and tarps to put the debris in. Then it is dumped in a truck or utility cart to be hauled off by staff to composting areas. Tools will be provided for you. We will have clean gloves available, but due to COVID-19 we are asking volunteers to bring their own gloves when possible. 

SAFETY

Garden spaces are often fully exposed to the sun and elements. Please bring your own water bottle. We recommend volunteers check the hourly forecast before arriving so that they can come prepared for the weather (eg. extra water, sunscreen or sunhats, bug spray, and rain jackets or sweatshirts). While not necessary, we recommend folks wear close-toed shoes for these volunteer events.  

DONATE

A suggested donation of $140-$640 will help cover the costs of materials and staff hours for this event, and for future maintenance of the site. There is no limit to the amount that can be donated!  

The Frick Environmental Center, one of the world’s most sustainable buildings

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Number of  Volunteers: Five - Fifteen
Event duration: Two Hours
Season: Early June (6/1 - 6/10) 
Work Type:  Horticulture
Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Funding support: Not supported
Contingent on Donation: No
Staff:  One Staff Member
Bathrooms: Yes (port-a-potty)
Parking: Free

QUESTIONS?

Contact Angela Yuele (ayuele@pittsburghparks.org) for more information. 

Weeding and Deadheading (Late June) SCHENLEY PLAZA

VOLUNTEER EVENT DETAILS

WHERE

4100 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15260

The removal of weeds helps to encourage the growth of plants we intend to be in the landscape. A weed is a plant in the landscape that is undesirable or in the wrong place. These plants compete with desirable plants for nutrients, water, and light. Deadheading flowers encourages plants to continue to produce more blooms throughout the growing season, sending the energy to the development of flowers instead of the roots; depending on the method of pruning you also are increasing the airflow around the crown of the plant to help prevent the development of diseases. Plus, it looks neat and tidy when you are done.

The Parks Conservancy staff will teach you how to tell the difference between a weed and desirable plant. Also we will teach you how to deadhead flowers, by showing you where the newly formed flower buds are emerging from the plant. Then show you where to cut off the spent or previously bloomed flowers. You will use hand trowels, shovels, and rakes to remove weeds from garden beds and around perennials. You will use your fingers to pinch, or scissors to remove the spent flower buds. This includes bending, stooping, and kneeling on the ground to reach and remove the weeds and dead flower heads. You will use buckets and tarps to put the debris in. Then it is dumped in a truck or utility cart to be hauled off by staff to composting areas. Tools will be provided for you. We will have clean gloves available, but due to COVID-19 we are asking volunteers to bring their own gloves when possible. 

SAFETY

Garden spaces are often fully exposed to the sun and elements. Please bring your own water bottle. We recommend volunteers check the hourly forecast before arriving so that they can come prepared for the weather (eg. extra water, sunscreen or sunhats, bug spray, and rain jackets or sweatshirts). While not necessary, we recommend folks wear close-toed shoes for these volunteer events.  

DONATE

A suggested donation of $140-$640 will help cover the costs of materials and staff hours for this event, and for future maintenance of the site. There is no limit to the amount that can be donated!  

Aerial image of Schenley Plaza from above in the summer

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Number of  Volunteers: Five - Ten
Event duration: Two Hours
Season: Late June (6/20 - 6/30) 
Work Type:  Horticulture
Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Funding support: Not supported
Contingent on Donation: No
Staff:  One Staff Member
Bathrooms: Yes (port-a-potty)
Parking: Paid, Limited Street Parking

QUESTIONS?

Contact Jaci Bruschi (jbruschi@pittsburghparks.org) for more information. 

Weeding (Late June) WESTINGHOUSE MEMORIAL POND

VOLUNTEER EVENT DETAILS

WHERE

W. Circuit Rd, Pittsburgh, PA 15217 

The removal of weeds helps to encourage the growth of plants we intend to be in the landscape. A weed is a plant in the landscape that is undesirable or in the wrong place.  These plants compete with desirable plants for nutrients, water, and light. Deadheading flowers encourages plants to continue to produce more blooms throughout the growing season, sending the energy to the development of flowers instead of the roots; depending on the method of pruning you also are increasing the airflow around the crown of the plant to help prevent the development of diseases. Plus, it looks neat and tidy when you are done.

The Parks Conservancy staff will teach you how to tell the difference between a weed and desirable plant. Also we will teach you how to deadhead flowers, by showing you where the newly formed flower buds are emerging from the plant. Then, we will show you where to cut off the spent or previously bloomed flowers. You will use hand trowels, shovels, and rakes to remove weeds from garden beds and around perennials. You will use your fingers to pinch, or scissors to remove the spent flower buds. This includes bending, stooping, and kneeling on the ground to reach and remove the weeds and dead flower heads. You will use buckets and tarps to put the debris in. Then it is dumped in a truck or utility cart to be hauled off by staff to composting areas. Tools will be provided for you. We will have clean gloves available, but due to COVID-19 we are asking volunteers to bring their own gloves when possible. 

SAFETY

Garden spaces are often fully exposed to the sun and elements. Please bring your own water bottle. We recommend volunteers check the hourly forecast before arriving so that they can come prepared for the weather (eg. extra water, sunscreen or sunhats, bug spray, and rain jackets or sweatshirts). While not necessary, we recommend folks wear close-toed shoes for these volunteer events.  

DONATE

A suggested donation of $140-$640 will help cover the costs of materials and staff hours for this event, and for future maintenance of the site. There is no limit to the amount that can be donated!  

An image of the Westinghouse Memorial from the front at night.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Number of  Volunteers: Five - Fifteen
Event duration: Two Hours
Season: Late June (6/20 - 6/30) 
Work Type:  Horticulture
Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Funding support: Not supported
Contingent on Donation: No
Staff:  One Staff Member
Bathrooms: Yes (port-a-potty)
Parking: Paid, On-Street Parking

QUESTIONS?

Contact Jaci Bruschi (jbrushci@pittsburghparks.org) for more information. 

Weeding (Late June) MELLON PARK WALLED GARDEN

VOLUNTEER EVENT DETAILS

WHERE

Mellon Park Parking Lot, 1059 Shady Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15232

The removal of weeds helps to encourage the growth of plants we intend to be in the landscape. A weed is a plant in the landscape that is undesirable or in the wrong place. These plants compete with desirable plants for nutrients, water, and light. 

The Parks Conservancy staff will teach you how to tell the difference between a weed and desirable plant. You will use hand trowels, shovels, and rakes to remove weeds from garden beds and around perennials. This includes bending, stooping, and kneeling on the ground to reach and remove the weeds. You will use buckets and wheel borrows to put the debris in and then haul it to a compost area. Tools will be provided for you. We will have clean gloves available, but due to COVID-19 we are asking volunteers to bring their own gloves when possible. 

SAFETY

Garden spaces are often fully exposed to the sun and elements. Please bring your own water bottle. We recommend volunteers check the hourly forecast before arriving so that they can come prepared for the weather (eg. extra water, sunscreen or sunhats, bug spray, and rain jackets or sweatshirts). While not necessary, we recommend folks wear close-toed shoes for these volunteer events.  

DONATE

A suggested donation of $140-$640 will help cover the costs of materials and staff hours for this event, and for future maintenance of the site. There is no limit to the amount that can be donated!  

Pink hyacinths

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Number of  Volunteers: Five - Eight
Event duration: Two Hours
Season: Early June (6/20 - 6/30) 
Work Type:  Horticulture
Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Funding support: Not supported
Contingent on Donation: No
Staff:  One Staff Member
Bathrooms: No
Parking: Paid Parking (nearby parking lot)

QUESTIONS?

Contact Jaci Bruschi (jbruschi@pittsburghparks.org) for more information. 

Weeding (Late June) FRICK ENVIRONMENTAL CENTER

VOLUNTEER EVENT DETAILS

WHERE

Frick Environmental Center, 2005 Beechwood Blvd., Pittsburgh, PA 15217 

The removal of weeds helps to encourage the growth of plants we intend to be in the landscape. A weed is a plant in the landscape that is undesirable or in the wrong place. These plants compete with desirable plants for nutrients, water, and light. 

The Parks Conservancy staff will teach you how to tell the difference between a weed and desirable plant. You will use hand trowels, shovels, and rakes to remove weeds from garden beds and around perennials. This includes bending, stooping, and kneeling on the ground to reach and remove the weeds. You will use buckets and tarps to put the debris in. Then it is dumped in a truck or utility cart to be hauled off by staff to composting areas. Tools will be provided for you. We will have clean gloves available, but due to COVID-19 we are asking volunteers to bring their own gloves when possible. 

SAFETY

Garden spaces are often fully exposed to the sun and elements. Please bring your own water bottle. We recommend volunteers check the hourly forecast before arriving so that they can come prepared for the weather (eg. extra water, sunscreen or sunhats, bug spray, and rain jackets or sweatshirts). While not necessary, we recommend folks wear close-toed shoes for these volunteer events.  

DONATE

A suggested donation of $140-$640 will help cover the costs of materials and staff hours for this event, and for future maintenance of the site. There is no limit to the amount that can be donated!  

Colorful daffodils

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Number of  Volunteers: Five - Fifteen
Event duration: Two Hours
Season: Late June (6/20 - 6/30) 
Work Type:  Horticulture
Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Funding support: Not supported
Contingent on Donation: No
Staff:  One Staff Member
Bathrooms: Yes (port-a-potty)
Parking: Free

QUESTIONS?

Contact Angela Yuele (ayuele@pittsburghparks.org) for more information. 

Weeding and Deadheading (Mid-July) SCHENLEY PLAZA

VOLUNTEER EVENT DETAILS

WHERE

4100 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15260

The removal of weeds helps to encourage the growth of plants we intend to be in the landscape. A weed is a plant in the landscape that is undesirable or in the wrong place. These plants compete with desirable plants for nutrients, water, and light. Deadheading flowers encourages plants to continue to produce more blooms throughout the growing season, sending the energy to the development of flowers instead of the roots; depending on the method of pruning you also are increasing the airflow around the crown of the plant to help prevent the development of diseases. Plus, it looks neat and tidy when you are done.

The Parks Conservancy staff will teach you how to tell the difference between a weed and desirable plant. Also we will teach you how to deadhead flowers, by showing you where the newly formed flower buds are emerging from the plant. Then show you where to cut off the spent or previously bloomed flowers. You will use hand trowels, shovels, and rakes to remove weeds from garden beds and around perennials. You will use your fingers to pinch, or scissors to remove the spent flower buds. This includes bending, stooping, and kneeling on the ground to reach and remove the weeds and dead flower heads. You will use buckets and tarps to put the debris in. Then it is dumped in a truck or utility cart to be hauled off by staff to composting areas. Tools will be provided for you. We will have clean gloves available, but due to COVID-19 we are asking volunteers to bring their own gloves when possible. 

SAFETY

Garden spaces are often fully exposed to the sun and elements. Please bring your own water bottle. We recommend volunteers check the hourly forecast before arriving so that they can come prepared for the weather (eg. extra water, sunscreen or sunhats, bug spray, and rain jackets or sweatshirts). While not necessary, we recommend folks wear close-toed shoes for these volunteer events.  

DONATE

A suggested donation of $140-$640 will help cover the costs of materials and staff hours for this event, and for future maintenance of the site. There is no limit to the amount that can be donated!  

Schenley Plaza flower beds and benches in the summer

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Number of  Volunteers: Five - Ten
Event duration: Two Hours
Season: Mid-July (7/10 - 7/20) 
Work Type:  Horticulture
Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Funding support: Not supported
Contingent on Donation: No
Staff:  One Staff Member
Bathrooms: Yes (port-a-potty)
Parking: Paid, Limited Street Parking

QUESTIONS?

Contact Jaci Bruschi (jbruschi@pittsburghparks.org) for more information. 

Weeding (Mid-July) WESTINGHOUSE MEMORIAL POND

VOLUNTEER EVENT DETAILS

WHERE

W. Circuit Rd, Pittsburgh, PA 15217   

The removal of weeds helps to encourage the growth of plants we intend to be in the landscape. A weed is a plant in the landscape that is undesirable or in the wrong place.  These plants compete with desirable plants for nutrients, water, and light. Deadheading flowers encourages plants to continue to produce more blooms throughout the growing season, sending the energy to the development of flowers instead of the roots; depending on the method of pruning you also are increasing the airflow around the crown of the plant to help prevent the development of diseases. Plus, it looks neat and tidy when you are done.

The Parks Conservancy staff will teach you how to tell the difference between a weed and desirable plant. Also we will teach you how to deadhead flowers, by showing you where the newly formed flower buds are emerging from the plant. Then, we will show you where to cut off the spent or previously bloomed flowers. You will use hand trowels, shovels, and rakes to remove weeds from garden beds and around perennials. You will use your fingers to pinch, or scissors to remove the spent flower buds. This includes bending, stooping, and kneeling on the ground to reach and remove the weeds and dead flower heads. You will use buckets and tarps to put the debris in. Then it is dumped in a truck or utility cart to be hauled off by staff to composting areas. Tools will be provided for you. We will have clean gloves available, but due to COVID-19 we are asking volunteers to bring their own gloves when possible. 

SAFETY

Garden spaces are often fully exposed to the sun and elements. Please bring your own water bottle. We recommend volunteers check the hourly forecast before arriving so that they can come prepared for the weather (eg. extra water, sunscreen or sunhats, bug spray, and rain jackets or sweatshirts). While not necessary, we recommend folks wear close-toed shoes for these volunteer events.  

DONATE

A suggested donation of $140-$640 will help cover the costs of materials and staff hours for this event, and for future maintenance of the site. There is no limit to the amount that can be donated!  

Female volunteer weeding through garden

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Number of  Volunteers: Five - Fifteen
Event duration: Two Hours
Season: Mid-July (7/10 - 7/20) 
Work Type:  Horticulture
Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Funding support: Not supported
Contingent on Donation: No
Staff:  One Staff Member
Bathrooms: Yes (port-a-potty)
Parking: Paid, On-Street Parking

QUESTIONS?

Contact Jaci Bruschi (jbruschi@pittsburghparks.org) for more information. 

Weeding (Mid-July) FRICK ENVIRONMENTAL CENTER

VOLUNTEER EVENT DETAILS

WHERE

Frick Environmental Center, 2005 Beechwood Blvd., Pittsburgh, PA. 15217 

The removal of weeds helps to encourage the growth of plants we intend to be in the landscape. A weed is a plant in the landscape that is undesirable or in the wrong place.  These plants compete with desirable plants for nutrients, water, and light. 

The Parks Conservancy staff will teach you how to tell the difference between a weed and desirable plant. You will use hand trowels, shovels, and rakes to remove weeds from garden beds and around perennials. This includes bending, stooping, and kneeling on the ground to reach and remove the weeds. You will use buckets and tarps to put the debris in. Then it is dumped in a truck or utility cart to be hauled off by staff to composting areas. Tools will be provided for you. We will have clean gloves available, but due to COVID-19 we are asking volunteers to bring their own gloves when possible. 

SAFETY

Garden spaces are often fully exposed to the sun and elements. Please bring your own water bottle. We recommend volunteers check the hourly forecast before arriving so that they can come prepared for the weather (eg. extra water, sunscreen or sunhats, bug spray, and rain jackets or sweatshirts). While not necessary, we recommend folks wear close-toed shoes for these volunteer events.  

DONATE

A suggested donation of $140-$640 will help cover the costs of materials and staff hours for this event, and for future maintenance of the site. There is no limit to the amount that can be donated!  

Frick Environmental Center with a rainbow behind it

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Number of  Volunteers: Five - Fifteen
Event duration: Two Hours
Season: Mid-July (7/10 - 7/20) 
Work Type:  Horticulture
Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Funding support: Not supported
Contingent on Donation: No
Staff:  One Staff Member
Bathrooms: Yes (port-a-potty)
Parking: Free

QUESTIONS?

Contact Angela Yuele (ayuele@pittsburghparks.org) for more information. 

Weeding (Mid-July) Highland Park Entry Garden

VOLUNTEER EVENT DETAILS

WHERE

Highland Park Entry Garden, Highland Park - 1467 N Highland Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15206 

As the growing season progresses, the leaves and spent flower stalks of many perennial plants will start to brown and droop. One way the Parks Conservancy maintains the appearance of the park gardens is by cutting back the browning foliage. This allows the plants to put out lush new growth that will stay full and green for the rest of the summer and fall. This is especially helpful for day lilies (SPP), a perennial favorite that is highly abundant in the Highland Park Entry Garden. 

Cutting back day lilies is done manually with scissors or hedge shears. The removed greens are loaded into Parks Conservancy trucks so that we can transport the removed organic material to the city’s composting site. Our staff will teach your team how to identify the plant, and the best technique for cutting back the greens.  

SAFETY

Garden spaces are often fully exposed to the sun and elements. Please bring your own water bottle. We recommend volunteers check the hourly forecast before arriving so that they can come prepared for the weather (eg. extra water, sunscreen or sunhats, bug spray, and rain jackets or sweatshirts). While not necessary, we recommend folks wear close-toed shoes for these volunteer events.  

DONATE

A suggested donation of $240 will help cover the costs of materials and staff hours for this event, and for future maintenance of the site. There is no limit to the amount that can be donated!  

A image of people at the Highland Park fountain.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Number of  Volunteers: Five - Fifteen
Event duration: Two Hours
Season:July (7/6-7/17)
Work Type:  Horticulture
Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Funding support: Not supported
Contingent on Donation: No
Staff:  One Staff Member
Internal Lead: Robin
Bathrooms: Yes (port-a-potty)
Parking: Free

QUESTIONS?

Contact Robin Eng (reng@pittsburghparks.org), Restoration Gardener for more information. 

Weeding (July - August) August Wilson Park

VOLUNTEER EVENT DETAILS

WHERE

1803 Cliff St. Pittsburgh, PA 15219

The removal of weeds helps to encourage the growth of plants we intend to be in the landscape. A weed is a plant in the landscape that is undesirable or in the wrong place. These plants compete with desirable plants for nutrients, water, and light.

The Parks Conservancy staff will teach you how to tell the difference between a weed and desirable plant. You will use hand trowels, shovels, and rakes to remove weeds from garden beds and around perennials. This includes bending, stooping, and kneeling on the ground to reach and remove the weeds. You will use buckets and tarps to put the debris in. Then it is dumped in a truck or utility cart to be hauled off by staff to composting areas. Tools will be provided for you. We will have clean gloves available, but are asking volunteers to bring their own gloves when possible due to COVID-19.

SAFETY

Garden spaces are often fully exposed to the sun and elements. Please bring your own water bottle. We recommend volunteers check the hourly forecast before arriving so that they can come prepared for the weather (eg. extra water, sunscreen or sunhats, bug spray, and rain jackets or sweatshirts). While not necessary, we recommend folks wear close-toed shoes for these volunteer events.  

DONATE

A suggested donation of $240 will help cover the costs of materials and staff hours for this event, and for future maintenance of the site. There is no limit to the amount that can be donated!  

An image of August Wilson Park.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Number of  Volunteers: Five - Ten
Event duration: Two - Three Hours
Season: Summer (July - August)

  • July Options: 19, 20, 21, 22, or 23 
  • August Options: 16, 17, 18, 19, or 20 

Work Type:  Horticulture
Difficulty: Easy - Moderate 
Funding support: Yes
Contingent on Donation: No
Staff:  One Staff Member
Internal Lead: Maggie
Bathrooms: Yes (port-a-potty)
Parking: Free

QUESTIONS?

Contact Maggie Herrick (mherrick@pittsburghparks.org) for more information. 

Weeding (Early September) Allegheny Commons Park

VOLUNTEER EVENT DETAILS

WHERE

Allegheny Commons Park (Northeast Fountain), located at the corner of North and Cedar Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212

The removal of weeds helps to encourage the growth of plants we intend to be in the landscape. A weed is a plant in the landscape that is undesirable or in the wrong place. These plants compete with desirable plants for nutrients, water, and light.

The Parks Conservancy staff will teach you how to tell the difference between a weed and desirable plant. You will use hand trowels, shovels, and rakes to remove weeds from garden beds and around perennials. This includes bending, stooping, and kneeling on the ground to reach and remove the weeds. You will use buckets and tarps to put the debris in. Then it is dumped in a truck or utility cart to be hauled off by staff to composting areas. Tools will be provided for you. We will have clean gloves available, but are asking volunteers to bring their own gloves when possible due to COVID-19.

SAFETY

Garden spaces are often fully exposed to the sun and elements. Please bring your own water bottle. We recommend volunteers check the hourly forecast before arriving so that they can come prepared for the weather (eg. extra water, sunscreen or sunhats, bug spray, and rain jackets or sweatshirts). While not necessary, we recommend folks wear close-toed shoes for these volunteer events.  

DONATE

A suggested donation of $240 will help cover the costs of materials and staff hours for this event, and for future maintenance of the site. There is no limit to the amount that can be donated!  

An image of the fountain at Allegheny Commons.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Number of  Volunteers: Three - Five
Event duration: Two Hours
Season: September (9/8 - 9/10)
Work Type:  Horticulture
Difficulty: Easy
Funding support: Yes
Contingent on Donation: No
Staff:  One Staff Member
Internal Lead: Maggie
Bathrooms: Yes (port-a-potty)
Parking: Paid

QUESTIONS?

Contact Maggie Herrick (mherrick@pittsburghparks.org) for more information. 

Daffodil Deadheading (Late April) RIVERVIEW PARK CHAPEL SHELTER

VOLUNTEER EVENT DETAILS

WHERE

366 Riverview Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15214

Deadheading means removing the finished flowers from the plant to keep the plant from going to seed. This saves energy for the plant to re-bloom or store for next season. It also provides aesthetic value because it cleans up the dead-looking parts.

Volunteers will pull or cut the spent blooms from the flower stalks and collect in buckets that will be composted on site. This requires sustained periods of bending over and repetitive hand motions. We will have clean gloves available, but due to COVID-19, we are asking volunteers to bring their own gloves when possible.

SAFETY

Garden spaces are often fully exposed to the sun and elements. Please bring your own water bottle. We recommend volunteers check the hourly forecast before arriving so that they can come prepared for the weather (eg. extra water, sunscreen or sunhats, bug spray, and rain jackets or sweatshirts). While not necessary, we recommend folks wear close-toed shoes for these volunteer events.  

DONATE

A suggested donation of $240 will help cover the costs of materials and staff hours for this event, and for future maintenance of the site. There is no limit to the amount that can be donated!  

Riverview Park Chapel Shelter

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Number of  Volunteers: Five- Ten
Event duration: Two Hours
Season:Late April (4/26 - 4/30)
Work Type:  Horticulture
Difficulty: Easy
Funding support: Yes
Contingent on Donation: No
Staff:  One Staff Member
Internal Lead: Maggie
Bathrooms: Yes
Parking: Free

QUESTIONS?

Contact Maggie Herrick (mherrick@pittsburghparks.org) for more information. 

Day Lily Deadheading (Late July) Highland Park Entry Garden

VOLUNTEER EVENT DETAILS

WHERE

Highland Park Entry Garden, Highland Park - 1467 N Highland Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15206 

As the growing season progresses, the leaves and spent flower stalks of many perennial plants will start to brown and droop. One way we maintain the appearance of our park gardens is by cutting back this browning foliage. This allows the plants to put out lush new growth that will stay full and green for the rest of the summer and fall. This is especially helpful for day lilies (SPP), a perennial favorite that is highly abundant in the Highland Park Entry Garden. 

Cutting back day lilies is done manually with scissors or hedge shears. The removed greens are loaded into Parks Conservancy trucks so that we can transport the removed organic material to the city’s composting site. Our staff will teach your team how to identify the plant, and the best technique for cutting back the greens.  

SAFETY

Garden spaces are often fully exposed to the sun and elements. Please bring your own water bottle. We recommend volunteers check the hourly forecast before arriving so that they can come prepared for the weather (eg. extra water, sunscreen or sunhats, bug spray, and rain jackets or sweatshirts). While not necessary, we recommend folks wear close-toed shoes for these volunteer events.  

DONATE

A suggested donation of $240 will help cover the costs of materials and staff hours for this event, and for future maintenance of the site. There is no limit to the amount that can be donated!  

An image of the Highland Park entry fountain and garden

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Number of  Volunteers: 10 - 20
Event duration: Two Hours
Season:Late July (7/13-7/31)
Work Type:  Horticulture
Difficulty: Moderate
Funding support: Not supported
Contingent on Donation: No
Staff:  One Staff Member
Internal Lead: Robin
Bathrooms: Yes (port-a-potty)
Parking: Free

QUESTIONS?

Contact Robin Eng (reng@pittsburghparks.org), Restoration Gardener for more information. 

Native Seed Collection Highland Park Entry Garden

VOLUNTEER EVENT DETAILS

WHERE

Highland Park Entry Garden, Highland Park - 1467 N Highland Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15206 

Perennial plants spread through many different means, of which seed production is one of the most common. Although we tend our perennial gardens for their vibrant blooms in the summer, they also serve the function of producing a plentiful selection of native perennial seeds which can be used for habitat restoration in other areas of our parks. Collecting native seeds in the fall equips our Horticulture and Forestry team with this resource to re-seed disturbed soils when we remove invasive plants in our restoration sites.   

Seed collection is a fairly straightforward task that consists of removing the old flower stalks and seed pods (of various sorts) from standing perennial plants. Once removed, we take care to isolate the seed pods or clusters from remaining flower stalks for efficient storage. Seeds are kept separate by species so that we can spread seeds in in places where they are most likely to germinate and flourish!  

SAFETY

Garden spaces are often fully exposed to the sun and elements. We recommend volunteers check the hourly forecast before arriving so that they can come prepared for the weather (eg. extra water, sunscreen or sunhats, bug spray, and rain jackets or sweatshirts). While not mandatory, we recommend folks wear close-toed shoes for these volunteer events.   

DONATE

A suggested donation of $480 for this event would cover the cost of seed storage materials and tool wear, and staff hours for event preparation, execution, clean up, and follow-up maintenance of seeds. 

An image of Daffodil perennials.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Number of  Volunteers: 15 - 30
Event duration: Two Hours
Season:October (9/28-10/16) 
Work Type:  Horticulture/Ecological Restoration 
Difficulty: Easy
Funding support: Not supported
Contingent on Donation: No
Staff:  Two Staff Members
Internal Lead: Robin
Bathrooms: Yes (port-a-potty)
Parking: Free

QUESTIONS?

Contact Robin Eng (reng@pittsburghparks.org), Restoration Gardener for more information.