Urban EcoStewards give back by caring for park land and greenspaces

EcoStewards adopt and care for areas in the parks and in their communities. 

With training and support from organizations throughout Pittsburgh, Urban EcoSteward volunteers adopt and care for sites in parks or in their communities. These volunteers visit their adopted sites as often as they're able throughout the year to remove invasive plants, care for trees, clear trash, and much more.

To become an Urban EcoSteward:

  1. Apply through the link below.
  2. Join us at a quarterly training (registration below) where you'll learn about becoming an Urban EcoSteward and a program coordinator will work with you to pick your new site. 
  3. Head out to your site with a program coordinator to see where you'll be working and what you'll be doing. 

Apply to be an Urban EcoSteward

Upcoming trainings

Urban EcoSteward trainings are led by program partners and are designed to help you develop the skills and knowledge needed to care for parks and greenspaces.

Quarterly Training
March 18th, 10:00AM - 1:00PM
Interested in becoming an Urban EcoSteward volunteer? Join program partners at this free training to learn about the program, choose a site that you'd like to adopt long-term, and pick up skills that you can use on your site. This event is required for all new Urban EcoStewards.
Register here

Spring Invasive Sweep and Milkweed Planting
April 22nd, 9AM - NOON
Every time it rains or snows, trash and debris from the upper watershed communities of Pittsburgh, Edgewood, Wilkinsburg, and Swissvale wash into Nine Mile Run. Help Nine Mile Run Watershed Association keep the stream clean and beautiful by helping pick up trash and planting milkweed.
Register here

Wildflower Walk and Campfire
May 4th, 6PM - 8PM
This annual family-friendly hike through Frick Park is the perfect way to celebrate spring! Take a hike through the park with Parks Conservancy staff and the Urban EcoStewards to identify our region’s spring wildflowers before a community campfire.
Register here

Citizen Scientist Training
May 16th, 5PM - 8PM
Learn about biodiversity identification, train to use apps to document biodiversityand become an active citizen scientist with Nine Mile Run Watershed Association. Event held in partnership with the Pennsylvania Natural Heritage Program.
Register here

Partner Organizations

Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy joins these partners in the Urban EcoSteward program:

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    Identifying trees

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    Cutting invasive grapevines

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    Finding woolybears

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    Winter work

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    Cutting invasive plants

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    Urban EcoStewards


Urban EcoSteward Resources


Forms, Logs and Information

Additional Information

Invasive Plants of Pittsburgh Guide

The Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy, Nine Mile Run Watershed Association, SCA, and the City of Pittsburgh have partnered to create this gorgeous guide to managing area invasives.
Read the full guide.

Community Guide to Volunteer Workdays

Looking to lead your own volunteer workday in the parks? This guide will walk you through planning a successful event.
Read the full guide.

Questions or comments?

Please contact us at volunteer@pittsburghparks.org.