Since 1970 April 22nd has marked Earth Day for 1 billion people in nearly 200 countries around the world.
But the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy isn’t waiting to host Earth Day events until then. On Tuesday, the nonprofit announced a comprehensive schedule of in-person and virtual Earth Day events in April.
The organization said its goal is to encourage Pittsburghers to go outside and do whatever it takes to get out of the environment better than they found it to be. That means taking part in tree planting, group cleanings, and solo clean-ups across town.
Guided walks and other activities are offered throughout April. Earth Day events on April 22nd include free yoga in Schenley Plaza, free PNC carousel rides, activities for kids like kite building and a bird scavenger hunt. In-person and digital events will be added during the month.
The virtual programming includes a virtual Instagram live hike on April 22nd with a conservationist from Parks Conservancy, as well as a Zoom webinar later on the month on the area’s spring mushrooms.
“Just like all Pittsburghers deserve great parks, we all deserve the opportunity to learn about and celebrate our local nature,” said Caitlin Steve, naturalist at Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy. “This year, any day in Pittsburgh can be Earth Day. That means providing even more opportunities to tidy up our local parks and virtually involve people. “
In recent years, the Parks Conservancy’s Earth Day program has culminated in a large festival in Frick Park, which will not take place this year due to safety precautions in connection with pandemics.
“The warmer months are an opportunity to celebrate the earth and give back to the parks that have given us so much over the past year,” said Steve.
Paul Guggenheimer is a contributor to Tribune Review. You can contact Paul at 724-226-7706 or email@example.com.
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