Nature In Your Neighborhood 

Join Parks Conservancy Naturalists as they explore nature in their neighborhoods!

Let's play outside with items you can find in your neighborhood or backyard: sticks! Follow along with Naturalist Educators, Patty and Lydia to begin.


You can also play outside with rocks! Follow along with Naturalist Educators, Chastity, Patty, and Lydia.


Parks Conservancy Naturalist Educator, Lydia, loves to research nature topics and then play with various words to create poems! Follow along as she shares a poem about something you can easily find around your neighborhood: dandelions!


Follow along on Mike (Carya) Cornell's adventure. You can also enjoy this scavenger hunt from the comfort of your neighborhood! 


Explore the woods of Pittsburgh's parks with Stephen Bucklin. What will he find during his exploration of mushrooms and lichens? 


Q&A with Stephen Bucklin, Naturalist Educator, Part 1


Q&A with Mike (Carya) Cornell, Naturalist Educator, Part 2


Spring Migratory Song Birds, Stephen Bucklin, Naturalist Educator 


Discover the wonders of nature with Stephen and Nyjah as they explore a Frick Park stream!


Great Backyard Campout

During uncertain times, one thing that remains essential and vital is spending time outdoors. The Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy is inviting you and your loved ones to connect with nature and with one another in our first-ever, Great Backyard Campout celebration!
Learn more about the various activities you can enjoy from the comfort of your home, in your neighborhood, or your favorite park!

Discover what's living in your neighborhood!

Use the following resources to learn more about your surroundings.


iNaturalist is citizen science project that is compiling a database of individual’s observations of the living world. iNaturalist combines human and artificial intelligence to help identify and catalogue life on earth.

Check out the following guides for contributing high quality images to iNaturalist!

Birds | Fungi | Insects | Lichens | Mammals | Mollusks | Plants | Trees and Shrubs

Merlin Bird ID from The Cornell Lab of Ornithology 

Fill out a simple checklist about the bird you're seeing, and Merlin will generate a list of possible birds, show you their pictures, and let you play their calls. A great way to start birding, it’s the next best thing to going out on a bird walk with a naturalist. 

Be a Citizen Scientist

Join in on the research action! You become the researcher and contribute to our global understanding of the world.

ebird  | inaturalist  | project budburst | frogwatch