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 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
November 5th, 10:00AM - 1:00PM
Interested in becoming an Urban EcoSteward? Attend this free training to learn about the program, choose a site in a park or in your community 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.
Learn more and register here

Training: Invasive Plants
November 12th, 9:00AM - 11:30AM
Led by Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy
Learn how and when to effectively identify and remove common invasive plants in the fall and hear tips to differentiate them from their native lookalikes.
Learn more and 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.