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:
- Apply through the link below.
- 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.
- Head out to your site with a program coordinator to see where you'll be working and what you'll be doing.
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.
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.
BioBlitz at Wingfield Pines
March 25th, 9:00AM - 5:00PM
Join Allegheny Land Trust as they identify as many different species of animals, plants and fungus as possible. Join experts on hikes to quantify spring peepers, early spring ephemeral wildflowers, and more! Learn how to use citizen science platforms at this first of four bioblitzes to take place in 2017.
Trail Tuesday Training
April 18th, 5:00PM - 7:00PM
Learn the basics of trail building with Allegheny Land Trust on the first of this regular volunteer series.
Spring Invasive Sweep and Milkweed Planting
April 30th, 9AM - NOON
Learn how to remove large areas of invasives and the importance of replanting with native species with Nine Mile Run Watershed Association.
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.
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.
Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy joins these partners in the Urban EcoSteward program: