Healthy, Active, and Green: Events And Classes Designed For Park Pals Ages 50+

July 21, 2017 by Lauryn Stalter

A group gathers monthly at the Frick Environmental Center for an event that makes working out a literal walk in the park. Part of the Parks Conservancy's Healthy, Active, and Green lineup, this fitness hike is one of a full calendar of events designed for park pals who are 50+.

If you consider yourself a lifelong learner, a crafter, a budding gardener, or just would like to get out into nature more often, we invite you to join us for any/all of these upcoming events.

Note: Most events are rain or shine. Please check event listings for information, or contact 412-586-4576 with any questions.

GUIDED NATURE WALKS | 1ST FRIDAYS | 1 - 2PM

Take a relaxing walk on the trails in Frick Park with a Parks Conservancy naturalist. Absorb the sights and sounds and all that each season has to offer. These walks take place on even, wide trails with slight hills.
>> Find the event listing here.

Tai Chi in Schenley Plaza

TAI CHI | SUNDAYS

Tai Chi improves balance, muscle strength, and flexibility. No experience necessary for these free calming classes at Schenley Plaza and the Frick Environmental Center.
>> Find details on 10AM Tai Chi at Schenley Plaza here.
>> Find details on 1PM Tai Chi at the Frick Environmental Center here.

FITNESS HIKES | 3RD FRIDAYS | 10 - 11AM

Walking for thirty minutes every day in nature is linked to lowered blood pressure, elevated moods, and reduced cases of heart disease. Explore park trails with us on these hikes that accommodate the pace of the whole group.
>> Find the event listing here.

Art in the Park

ART IN THE PARK IN AUGUST WILSON PARK | THURSDAYS | 9 - 10:30AM

At this creative and social get-together, we'll supply the materials and inspiration, you supply the talent (no judgment will be made on talent... trust us). This event is a part of the Elsie and Henry Hillman Summer Program.
>> Find the event listing here.

VOLUNTEER IN OUR GARDENS AND PARKS

Play in the dirt almost any day of the week with park horticulturists, gardeners, and field staff. Bring your own gardening experience, or pick it up along the way.
>> Find more information about these opportunities on our events calendar.

A volunteer at the Frick Environmental Center front desk

VOLUNTEER AS A DOCENT OR NATURALIST

Many times the first face that visitors see when they enter the park, naturalists and docents are volunteers who provide guidance to those who come to the Frick Environmental Center. Trained by Parks Conservancy staff, they share their passion, and whatever time they can, with other park pals.
>> Find more information about these opportunities here or register for the August docent training here

FIVE-WEEK COURSE: DISCOVERING NATURE THROUGH JOURNALING | FRIDAYS, SEPTEMBER 8 - OCTOBER 6 | 10AM - NOON

Focus your creativity while you observe and record the world around you during this five-week course. You don't need to feel like an artist or a writer to journal; all you need is a notebook and pencil.
>> Register for this five-week course here.

A forested trail in Frick Park

FIVE-WEEK COURSE: SUSTAINABILITY PIONEERS | MONDAYS, NOVEMBER 6 - DECEMBER 4 | 6 - 8PM

Climate change is a challenging topic to face. Yet, an inspiring and empowering reality is emerging. In this interactive class, you'll learn about sustainability, energy, climate science, and climate solutions through presentations by Rachel Carson scholar Patricia DeMarco. Documentarian Kirsi Jansa will screen Sustainability Pioneers, short documentaries showcasing communities and states taking bold climate action. This course will empower you to have constructive conversations about global warming and make changes for a better future. DeMarco and Jansa are both visiting researchers at the Institute for Green Science at Carnegie Mellon University.
>> Register for this five-week course here.

Sunday afternoon Tai Chi, guided nature walks, fitness hikes, docent trainings, and five-week courses at the Frick Environmental Center have been made possible through the generous support of the Jewish Healthcare Foundation. 

The Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy is your nonprofit partner in the parks. Consider making a donation today!

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