The Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy will celebrate its first Earth Day at the new Frick Environmental Center in Squirrel Hill on Saturday beginning at 11:30 a.m.
Gov. Tom Wolf and Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto will join kid-powered water bicycles in switching on the newly restored historic fountain for its inaugural energy efficient flow.
The event will run until 7 p.m. with tree climbing demonstrations by Bartlett Tree, solar activities by Green Mountain Energy, goat appearances by Allegheny GoatScape, urban chicken appearances by Chicks in the Hood and composting fun with Shadyside Worms.
Parks Conservancy naturalist educators will lead more than 30 themed hikes for all ages, including Drink Your Trees, Wild Edibles Walk, Story Book Walk and Wild Invaders, with hikes leaving the Center at noon, 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. Interactive performances by Level Up Pittsburgh will take place at the Center’s stone and grass amphitheater, featuring the backdrop of the 644-acre Frick Park.
A solar-powered concert — fueled by natural, clean energy supplied by Pittsburgh-based Zero Fossil Energy Outfitters — will begin at 4:30 p.m. with Zambian singer/songwriter Matthew Tembo with Colter Harper and Jeff Berman. Folk-pop by The Red Western will take the stage at 6 p.m. Food trucks by clean-energy vendors Randita’s Vegan Cafe, Driftwood Oven and Stickler’s Ice Pop Company will bring sustainable sustenance to the event.
The weekend events begin Saturday with an all-ages community campfire in lower Frick Park from 6 to 9 p.m. Bring your own roast-able and toast-able snacks. Campfire and roasting sticks are provided.
For full schedule of Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy Earth Day 2017 at Frick Environmental Center events, click here.