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Upcoming Events:

1/20: Riverview Litter Pickers 

  • Location: 1 Riverview Avenue, Pittsburgh Pa 15214 
  • Time: 8:30 am – 10:30 am 
  • Details:  Pick up litter and participate in maintaining Riverview Park; equipment is provided; sturdy footwear and clothing required. Registration is required by e-mailing Ranger Nancy.  
  • Register by E-mail: Nancy.Schaefer@pittsburghpa.gov  
  • Questions? Please Contact: Ranger Nancy 412.616.0383

1/25: Full Moon Hike 

  • Location: 1 Riverview Avenue, Pittsburgh Pa 15214 
  • Time: 8:45 pm - 11 pm 
  • Details:  Hike Riverview trails for about a mile using only moonlight, then visit historic Allegheny Observatory for celestial viewing (weather permitting).  Additional details will be provided with required registration. 
  • Register by E-mail: Nancy.Schaefer@pittsburghpa.gov  
  • Questions? Please Contact: Ranger Nancy 412.616.0383 

1/30: Sheraden Healthy Active Living Center Urban Birding Presentation 

  • Location: Sheraden Healthy Active Living Center (720 Sherwood Ave. PGH PA 15204) 
  • Time: 10:30AM-11:30AM 
  • Details: Join Ranger Marya as she introduces some common birds you may find around the Pittsburgh Area! Participants will learn local birds, listen to common calls, be introduced to helpful apps to assist with birding, and familiarize themselves with proper binocular use! All are welcome to attend! 
  • Questions?: Please Contact: Ranger Erica (Erica.heide@pittsburghpa.gov OR 412-518-0280) 

2/2: Magee Recreation Center Healthy Active Living Center Urban Birding Presentation 

  • Location: Magee Recreation Center (745 Greenfield Ave. PGH PA 15217) 
  • Time: 11:00AM-12:00PM 
  • Details: Join Ranger Erica as she introduces some common birds you may find around the Pittsburgh Area! Participants will learn local birds, listen to common calls, be introduced to helpful apps to assist with birding, and familiarize themselves with proper binocular use! All are welcome to attend! 
  • Questions? Please Contact: Ranger Erica (Erica.heide@pittsburghpa.gov OR 412-518-0280) 

2/7: Lawrenceville Healthy Active Living Center Urban Birding Presentation 

  • Location: Lawrenceville Healthy Active Living Center (4600 Butler Street PGH PA 15201) 
  • Time: 11:00AM-12:00PM 
  • Details: Join Ranger Erica as she introduces some common birds you may find around the Pittsburgh Area! Participants will learn local birds, listen to common calls, be introduced to helpful apps to assist with birding, and familiarize themselves with proper binocular use! All are welcome to attend! 
  • Questions? Please Contact: Ranger Erica (Erica.heide@pittsburghpa.gov OR 412-518-0280) 

2/17:  Riverview Litter Pickers  

  • Location: 1 Riverview Avenue, Pittsburgh Pa 15214  
  • Time: 8:30 am – 10:30 am  
  • Details:  Pick up litter and participate in maintaining Riverview Park; equipment is provided; sturdy footwear and clothing required. Registration is required by e-mailing Ranger Nancy.   
  • Register by E-mail: Nancy.Schaefer@pittsburghpa.gov   
  • Questions? Please Contact: Ranger Nancy 412.616.0383

2/17: Nature Hike with Ranger George 

  • Location: Schenley Park Visitor's Center, 101 Panther Hollow Rd, Pittsburgh, PA 15213  
  • Time: 10:00AM to 11:30AM 
  • Details: Join Ranger George on a 2-mile hike in Schenley Park. We will hike the Lower and Upper Panther Hollow Trails to make a loop beginning and ending at the Schenley Park Visitor's Center. Feel free to bring binoculars, field guides and any questions about the nature or history of Schenley Park!  
  • The hike will be moderate difficulty with a long, gradual downhill with a steep hill at the end of the hike. We will make a few stops at points of interest. Bathrooms and water will be available at the start and end of the hike.      
  • Please wear weather appropriate clothing. The hike will happen unless there are unsafe weather conditions. Hike may also be shortened based on weather conditions.  
  • Ages 5 and up are welcome. 
  • Registration:  
  • Questions: Please contact: george.ackerman@pittsburghpa.gov 

2/17: Smash and Trash with Your Frick Park Rangers 

2/18: Great Backyard Bird Count 

  • Location: Grandview Park Bandstand, 664 Science Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15203 
  • Time: 8:00 am – 10:00 am 
  • Details: Birds are everywhere, all the time, doing fascinating things. Join your Pittsburgh Park Rangers, when the world comes together for the love of birds. We will be acting as citizen scientists as we count and document the birds that we see in the park. This event is for all ages, and we will have binoculars to loan. Please remember to dress for the weather. 
  • Registration Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/great-backyard-bird-count-tickets-800034654187?aff=oddtdtcreator 
  • Questions? Please Contact: Ranger Marya (marya.pittaway@pittsburghpa.gov) OR 412-977-9442)

2/18: Smash & Trash: Schenley Park 

  • Location: Schenley Park, Anderson Playground (Wilmot Road, PGH PA 15207) 
  • Time: 1:00PM-3:00PM 
  • Details: Come join your PGH Park Rangers at Schenley Park to learn how to detect and smash Spotted Lanternfly Egg masses. Please make sure to dress for the weather, gloves will be provided. Registration is required!    
  • Registration Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/smash-and-trash-tickets-793213351487 
  • Questions? Please Contact: Ranger Nikki (Nicole.hilton@pittsburghpa.gov) or 412-592-8298

2/23: Riverview Owl Prowl 

2/24: Riverview Full Moon Hike  

  • Location: 1 Riverview Avenue, Pittsburgh Pa 15214  
  • Time: 7:45 - 10 pm  
  • Details:  Hike Riverview trails for about a mile using only moonlight, then visit historic Allegheny Observatory for celestial viewing (weather permitting).  Additional details will be provided with required registration.  
  • Register by E-mail: Nancy.Schaefer@pittsburghpa.gov   
  • Questions? Please Contact: Ranger Nancy 412.616.0383

2/28: Owl Hike with 3 Rivers Outdoor Company

  • Location: Frick Park, Lower Parking Lot (Nearest Address: 1027 Lancaster Ave. Pittsburgh PA 15218)
  • Time: 8PM-9:00PM 
  • Details: Interested in owls? Join your Frick Park Rangers for a nighttime owl prowl! Participants will hear a quick, informative talk about local owl species, get an up-close look at taxidermy and owl skulls, and hear some owl calls. Following the talk, rangers will lead attendees on a walk to nearby owl hotspots to check if anyone is home! Calls will be played again to see if any owls are willing to say hello. 
  • Registration: https://3riversoutdoor.com/blogs/events/owl
  • Questions? Please Contact: Ranger Chris (Christopher.Cwenar@pittsburghpa.gov

3/6: Lawrenceville Healthy Active Living Center Spotted Lanternfly Presentation  

  • Location: Lawrenceville Healthy Active Living Center (4600 Butler Street PGH PA 15201)  
  • Time: 11:00AM-12:00PM Details: Join Ranger Erica as discusses Spotted Lanternfly.  Participants will learn about the invasion, the lanternfly’s life cycle, and potential control methods.   
  • Questions? Please Contact: Ranger Erica (Erica.heide@pittsburghpa.gov OR 412-518-0280)  
  • Details: Join Ranger Erica as discusses Spotted Lanternfly.  Participants will learn about the invasion, the lanternfly’s life cycle, and potential control methods.   
  • Questions? Please Contact: Ranger Erica (Erica.heide@pittsburghpa.gov OR 412-518-0280)  

3/12: Magee Recreation Center Healthy Active Living Center Spotted Lanternfly Presentation  

  • Location: Magee Recreation Center (745 Greenfield Ave. PGH PA 15217)  
  • Time: 11:00AM-12:00PM  
  • Details: Join Ranger Erica as discusses Spotted Lanternfly.  Participants will learn about the invasion, the lanternfly’s life cycle, and potential control methods.  
  • Questions? Please Contact: Ranger Erica (Erica.heide@pittsburghpa.gov OR 412-518-0280) 
  • Details: Join Ranger Erica as discusses Spotted Lanternfly.  Participants will learn about the invasion, the lanternfly’s life cycle, and potential control methods.   
  • Questions? Please Contact: Ranger Erica (Erica.heide@pittsburghpa.gov OR 412-518-0280) 

3/12: South Side Healthy Active Living Center Spotted Lanternfly Presentation  

  • Location: South Side HAL Senior Center (12th & Bingham Sts. Pgh, PA 15203) 
  • Time: 10:30AM-11:30AM  
  • Details: Join Ranger Marya as she discusses the Spotted Lanternfly.  Participants will learn about the invasion, the lanternfly’s life cycle, and potential control methods.  
  • Questions? Please Contact: Ranger Marya (marya.pittaway@pittsburghpa.gov OR 412-977-9442)  

3/16: Riverview Soil Hike 

  • Location: Riverview Park Visitor Center, 1 Riverview Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15214 
  • Time: 10:00AM-11:00AM 
  • Details: Soil is full of life and sustains life! There is so much more than meets the eye when it comes to the dirt we walk on. Soil is the foundation to our ecosystems and has mini ecosystems of its own! Join Pittsburgh Park Rangers on a one hour hike with three 10 minute stops where we will discuss some of the creatures here in our parks who call soil "home". This will be an easy to moderate hike, with some elevation changes and some moderately steep trails. Please wear hiking shoes and dress for the weather. 
  • Registration link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/riverview-soil-hike-tickets-803204926557  
  • *Registration will open one month before this event. 
  • Questions? Please contact: Ranger Merna at merna.goose@pittsburghpa.gov  

3/23: Nature Hike with Ranger George

  • Location: Schenley Park Visitor’s Center, 101 Panther Hollow Rd, Pittsburgh, PA 15213  
  • Time: 10AM to 11AM
  • Details: Join Ranger George on a 2-mile hike in Schenley Park. We will hike the Lower and Upper Panther Hollow Trails to make a loop beginning and ending at the Schenley Park Visitor's Center. Feel free to bring binoculars, field guides and any questions about the nature or history of Schenley Park!  The hike will be moderate difficulty with a long, gradual downhill with a steep hill at the end of the hike. We will make a few stops at points of interest. Bathrooms and water will be available at the start and end of the hike. Please wear weather appropriate clothing. The hike will happen unless there are unsafe weather conditions. Hike may also be shortened based on weather conditions. Ages 5 and up are welcome.
  • Registration: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/nature-hike-with-ranger-george-tickets-828626021737?aff=oddtdtcreator
  • Questions: Please contact: george.ackerman@pittsburghpa.gov

3/23: Highland Park Easter Egg Hunt  

  • Location: Super Playground (178-182 Reservoir Drive Pittsburgh, PA 15206) 
  • Time: 10AM-12PM 
  • Details: FREE Easter Egg Hunt for all ages! There will be two “hunts” happening simultaneously. The Super Playground and its surroundings for ages 5&up and a grassy section directly next to the playground for ages 0-4! The eggs will be filled with small toys, candy, or both. Bring your own baskets and please return plastic eggs at the end of the hunt! Registration Required. 
  • Registration Link: Easter Egg Hunt Registration 
  • Questions? Please Contact: Ranger Bram (bram.peart@pittsburghpa.gov)

3/27: Beechview Healthy Active Living Center Spotted Lanternfly Presentation  

  • Location: Beechview HAL Senior Center (1555 Broadway Ave. Pgh, PA 15216) 
  • Time: 12:00PM-1:00PM  
  • Details: Join Ranger Marya as she discusses the Spotted Lanternfly.  Participants will learn about the invasion, the lanternfly’s life cycle, and potential control methods.  
  • Questions? Please Contact: Ranger Marya (marya.pittaway@pittsburghpa.gov OR 412-977-9442) 

4/1 Frick Park Conservation Crew 

  • Location: Frick Park (specifics TBD) 
  • Time: 5:00-7:00PM 
  • Details: Join your Frick Park Rangers for a conservation related service event in the park! 
  • For Details Please Contact: Ranger Chris (christopher.cwenar@pittsburghpa.gov

4/4: Tabling Thursday 

  • Location: Farmhouse Playground (1340 Heberton St Pittsburgh, PA 15206) 
  • Time: 4:30PM-6:00PM
  • Details: Quick, FREE activities for all ages! Some of our activities include Painting Birdhouses, Pinecone Birdfeeders, Friendship Bracelets, Scat Match, and Growing Your Own Tree! Almost every Thursday April-October!! 
  • Questions? Please Contact: Ranger Bram (bram.peart@pittsburghpa.gov)  

4/6: Earth Day Celebration at Westinghouse Park with Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy 

  • Location: Westinghouse Park (7051 Thomas Blvd. PGH PA 15208) 
  • Time: 12:00PM-3:00PM 
  • Details: Join Rangers with Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy for an Earth Day celebration at Westinghouse Park! For more information, please visit their webpage: https://pittsburghparks.org/events/ 
  • Registration: Not Required  
  • Questions? Please Contact: Ranger Erica (Erica.heide@pittsburghpa.gov OR 412-518-0280) 

4/6: Nature’s Interconnectedness Guided Hike 

  • Location: Riverview Park Visitor Center, 1 Riverview Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15214 
  • Time: 12:00PM-2:00PM 
  • Details: Did you know that trees can communicate with one another? Did you know some insects only eat one type of plant? Did you know some plants can't reproduce without help from other living creatures? What happens if there aren't enough predators in an ecosystem? On this guided hike, Pittsburgh Park Rangers will be guiding you along the muddy spring trails of Riverview Park at a leisurely pace as we stop periodically to discuss how the different parts in an ecosystem are connected to one another. This hike will add up to be about half hiking, and half stopping and talking. 
  • Registration*: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/natures-interconnectedness-guided-hike-tickets-803227223247  *Registration will not be open until one month before this event. 
  • Questions? Please contact: Ranger Merna at merna.goose@pittsburghpa.gov

4/8 Wightman Park Days 

  • Location: Wightman Park (5612 Solway St. PGH PA 15217) 
  • Time: 4:30-6:30PM 
  • Details: Join your Pittsburgh Park Rangers for a quick, free tabling activity at the Wightman Park playground! No registration required. 
  • Questions? Please Contact: Ranger Chris (christopher.cwenar@pittsburghpa.gov)

4/8 Solar Eclipse Gathering 

  • Location: The Allegheny Observatory in Riverview Park (159 Riverview Ave. PGH PA 15214) 
  • Time: tbd 
  • Details: Join PPC and Pittsburgh Park Rangers to learn about and view the solar eclipse! 
  • Questions: Please contact: Ranger Merna at merna.goose@pittsburghpa.gov

4/10: Panther Hollow Watershed walk 

  • Location: Schenley Visitor Center (101 Panther Hollow Rd, Pittsburgh, PA 15213) 
  • Time: 5pm-7pm 
  • Details: Join the Schenley Park Rangers at the Schenley Park Visitor Center for a presentation on watersheds and sources of pollution in our community. Following the presentation, participants will hike with the rangers down to Panther Hollow Lake and explore examples of pollution sources along the way. Walk may include cobblestone pathways, stairs, and moderate to steep inclines up to 8% grade.  All ages welcome! 
  • Registration: https://support.pittsburghparks.org/site/Ticketing?view=Tickets&id=107767
  • Questions: Please contact: Ranger Nikki at Nicole.hilton@pittsburghpa.gov 

4/11: Tabling Thursday 

  • Location: Super Playground (178-182 Reservoir Drive Pittsburgh, PA 15206) 
  • Time: 4:30PM-6:00PM 
  • Details: Quick, FREE activities for all ages! Some of our activities include Painting Birdhouses, Pinecone Birdfeeders, Friendship Bracelets, Scat Match, and Growing Your Own Tree! Almost every Thursday April-October!! 
  • Questions? Please Contact: Ranger Bram (bram.peart@pittsburghpa.gov)  

4/13: Guided Nature Hike in Schenley Park 

  • Location: Bartlett Playground in Schenley Park 
  • Time: 10:00AM-11:30PM 
  • Details: Join Ranger George on a 2-mile hike in Schenley Park. We will hike the Upper Panther Hollow Trail and Bridle Trail to make a loop beginning and ending at the Bartlett Playground. Feel free to bring binoculars, field guides and any questions about the nature or history of Schenley Park! The hike will be moderate difficulty with some gradual elevation change. We will make a few stops at points of interest. A port-a-potty will be available at the start and end of the hike. Please wear weather appropriate clothing and please bring water. The hike will happen unless there are unsafe weather conditions. Hike may also be shortened based on weather conditions. Ages 5 and up are welcome. 
  • Registration: Register Here! 
  • Questions? Please Contact: george.ackerman@pittsburghpa.gov 

4/18: Morningside Healthy Active Living Center Spotted Lanternfly Presentation  

  • Location: Beechview HAL Senior Center (1802 Jancey Street) 
  • Time: 10:00AM-11:00PM  
  • Details: Join Ranger Nikki as she discusses the Spotted Lanternfly.  Participants will learn about the invasion, the lanternfly’s life cycle, and potential control methods.  
  • Questions? Please Contact: Ranger Nikki Nicole.hilton@pittsburghpa.gov 

4/18: Hike with Venture Outdoors 

  • Location: Frick Park Environmental Center (2005 Beechwood Blvd.) 
  • Time: 1:30PM-3:00PM 
  • Details: Join your PGH Park Rangers and Venture Outdoors for a gradual hike around Frick Environmental Center.  This hike is geared for individuals 50+ in age.  The hike will be an easy paced hike with three stops along the way.  The topics of conversation will range from birding in an urban environment to healthy ways to get active.  Closed toe shoes and water are recommended.   
  • Registration: https://ventureoutdoors.org/activity/walk-learn-with-a-park-ranger-2/ 
  • Questions? Please Contact: Ranger Erica (Erica.heide@pittsburghpa.gov OR 412-518-0280) 

4/18: Tabling Thursday 

  • Location: Farmhouse Playground (1340 Heberton St Pittsburgh, PA 15206) 
  • Time: 4:30PM-6:00PM 
  • Details: Quick, FREE activities for all ages! Some of our activities include Painting Birdhouses, Pinecone Birdfeeders, Friendship Bracelets, Scat Match, and Growing Your Own Tree! Almost every Thursday April-October!! 
  • Questions? Please Contact: Ranger Bram (bram.peart@pittsburghpa.gov)

4/20: Earth Day Celebration at McKinley Park with Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy 

  • Location: McKinley Park (900 Delmont Ave, Pgh, PA 15210) 
  • Time: 12:00PM-3:00PM 
  • Details: Join Rangers with Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy for an Earth Day celebration at McKinley Park! For more information, please visit their webpage: https://pittsburghparks.org/events/
  • Registration: Not Required  
  • Questions? Please Contact: Ranger Marya (marya.pittaway@pittsburghpa.gov OR 412-977-9442)

4/22: Wightman Park Days 

  • Location: Wightman Park (5612 Solway St. PGH PA 15217) 
  • Time: 4:30-6:30PM 
  • Details: Join your Pittsburgh Park Rangers for a quick, free tabling activity at the Wightman Park playground! No registration required. 
  • Questions? Please Contact: Ranger Chris (christopher.cwenar@pittsburghpa.gov

4/23: Tabling Tuesdays 

4/23 Full Moon Hike and Observatory Moon Viewing 

  • Location: The Allegheny Observatory in Riverview Park (159 Riverview Ave. PGH PA 15214) 
  • Time: 8:00PM to 10:00PM 
  • Details: Join Pittsburgh Park Rangers on a moonlit hike through Riverview Park. After the hike we will enter the Allegheny Observatory and view the moon through the telescope! Weather dependent.  
  • Questions: Please contact: Ranger Merna at merna.goose@pittsburghpa.gov

4/24: Panther Hollow Watershed walk 

  • Location: Schenley Visitor Center (101 Panther Hollow Rd, Pittsburgh, PA 15213) 
  • Time: 5pm-7pm 
  • Details: Join the Schenley Park Rangers at the Schenley Park Visitor Center for a presentation on watersheds and sources of pollution in our community. Following the presentation, participants will hike with the rangers down to Panther Hollow Lake and explore examples of pollution sources along the way. Walk may include cobblestone pathways, stairs, and moderate to steep inclines up to 8% grade.  All ages welcome! 
  • Registration: https://support.pittsburghparks.org/site/Ticketing?view=Tickets&id=107782
  • Questions: Please contact: Ranger Nikki at Nicole.hilton@pittsburghpa.gov

4/25: Tabling Thursday 

  • Location: Super Playground (178-182 Reservoir Drive Pittsburgh, PA 15206) 
  • Time: 4:30PM-6:00PM 
  • Details: Quick, FREE activities for all ages! Some of our activities include Painting Birdhouses, Pinecone Birdfeeders, Friendship Bracelets, Scat Match, and Growing Your Own Tree! Almost every Thursday April-October!! 
  • Questions? Please Contact: Ranger Bram (bram.peart@pittsburghpa.gov)  

4/27: Riverview Park Arbor Day Celebration  

  • Location: 1 Riverview Avenue, Pittsburg Pa 15214  
  • Time:  10 am – 1 pm 
  • Details:  Join the City of Pittsburgh to celebrate Arbor Day at Riverview Park! Participants can join multiple tree-centric activities including hikes, games, and crafts.  More details will be forthcoming 
  • Registration:  Not required 
  • Questions? Please Contact: Ranger Erica (412-518-0280 or Erica.heide@pittsburghpa.gov)

4/30: Tabling Tuesdays 

 

5/2: Tabling Thursday 

  • Location: Farmhouse Playground (1340 Heberton St Pittsburgh, PA 15206) 
  • Time: 4:30PM-6:00PM 
  • Details: Quick, FREE activities for all ages! Some of our activities include Painting Birdhouses, Pinecone Birdfeeders, Friendship Bracelets, Scat Match, and Growing Your Own Tree! Almost every Thursday April-October!! 
  • Questions? Please Contact: Ranger Bram (bram.peart@pittsburghpa.gov)  

5/8: Panther Hollow Wildflower walk  

  • Location: Visitor Center at Schenley Park (101 Panther Hollow Rd, Pittsburgh, PA 15213) 
  • Time: 5:00pm-7:00pm 
  • Details: Join the Schenley Park Rangers on a two-mile hike exploring the wildflowers of Schenley Park. Learn how to recognize and identify various native and non-native species. Rangers will also discuss anything else exciting you may see along the way! Hike begins at the Schenley Park Visitor Center.  Hike may include cobblestone pathways, stairs, and moderate to steep inclines up to 8% grade.  Please wear weather appropriate clothing and bring a water bottle. 
  • Registration Link: https://support.pittsburghparks.org/site/Ticketing?view=Tickets&id=107783  
  • Questions? Please Contact: Nicole Hilton at Nicole.hilton@pittsburghpa.gov 

5/9: Tabling Thursday 

  • Location: Super Playground (178-182 Reservoir Drive Pittsburgh, PA 15206) 
  • Time: 4:30PM-6:00PM 
  • Details: Quick, FREE activities for all ages! Some of our activities include Painting Birdhouses, Pinecone Birdfeeders, Friendship Bracelets, Scat Match, and Growing Your Own Tree! Almost every Thursday April-October!! 
  • Questions? Please Contact: Ranger Bram (bram.peart@pittsburghpa.gov)  

5/11: Guided Nature Hike in Schenley Park 

  • Location: Westinghouse Memorial & Pond 
  • Time: 10AM to 11:30PM 
  • Details: Join Ranger George on a 2-mile hike in Schenley Park. We will hike the Lower Panther Hollow Trail and Steve Faloon Memorial Trail to make a loop beginning and ending at the Westinghouse Memorial & Pond. Feel free to bring binoculars, field guides and any questions about the nature or history of Schenley Park! The hike will be moderate difficulty with a steep downhill walk then long, gradual uphill with a steep hill halfway through the hike. We will make a few stops at points of interest. Bathrooms and water will be available near the start and end of the hike when we stop at the Visitor's Center. Please wear weather appropriate clothing. The hike will happen unless there are unsafe weather conditions. Hike may also be shortened based on weather conditions. Ages 5 and up are welcome. 
  • Registration: Register Here! 
  • Questions? Please Contact: george.ackerman@pittsburghpa.gov 

5/16: Tabling Thursday 

  • Location: Farmhouse Playground (1340 Heberton St Pittsburgh, PA 15206) 
  • Time: 4:30PM-6:00PM 
  • Details: Quick, FREE activities for all ages! Some of our activities include Painting Birdhouses, Pinecone Birdfeeders, Friendship Bracelets, Scat Match, and Growing Your Own Tree! Almost every Thursday April-October!! 
  • Questions? Please Contact: Ranger Bram (bram.peart@pittsburghpa.gov)  

5/18: Pittsburgh Park Ranger Guided Hike Series: Grandview Ave 

  • Location: Monongehela Incline Upper Station (outside) 8 Grandview Ave, Pittsburgh PA 15211  
  • Time: 10AM to 12:00PM 
  • Details: Join Ranger Marya on a 2-mile out and back hike along the Grand View Scenic Byway in Emerald View Park. We will stroll along Grandview Ave. from the Mon Incline to the Point of View statue and back again. You are encouraged to bring your camera as we will be stopping to take in the World Class views from several overlooks!  The hike does cross a busy street and has some elevation change. Please wear weather appropriate clothing and consider sunblock as there is limited shade. All ages are welcome as are well behaved dogs on leashes. 
  • Registration: Register Here
  • Questions: Please contact: Ranger Marya (marya.pittaway@pittsburghpa.gov OR 412-977-9442 

 5/22: Panther Hollow Wildflower walk  

  • Location: Visitor Center at Schenley Park (101 Panther Hollow Rd, Pittsburgh, PA 15213) 
  • Time: 5:00pm-7:00pm 
  • Details: Join the Schenley Park Rangers on a two-mile hike exploring the wildflowers of Schenley Park. Learn how to recognize and identify various native and non-native species. Rangers will also discuss anything else exciting you may see along the way! Hike begins at the Schenley Park Visitor Center.  Hike may include cobblestone pathways, stairs, and moderate to steep inclines up to 8% grade.  Please wear weather appropriate clothing and bring a water bottle.  
  • Registration Link: https://support.pittsburghparks.org/site/Ticketing?view=Tickets&id=107784
  • Questions? Please Contact: Nicole Hilton at Nicole.hilton@pittsburghpa.gov 

5/23: Tabling Thursday 

  • Location: Super Playground (178-182 Reservoir Drive Pittsburgh, PA 15206) 
  • Time: 4:30PM-6:00PM 
  • Details: Quick, FREE activities for all ages! Some of our activities include Painting Birdhouses, Pinecone Birdfeeders, Friendship Bracelets, Scat Match, and Growing Your Own Tree! Almost every Thursday April-October!! 
  • Questions? Please Contact: Ranger Bram (bram.peart@pittsburghpa.gov)  

5/30: Tabling Thursday 

  • Location: Farmhouse Playground (1340 Heberton St Pittsburgh, PA 15206) 
  • Time: 4:30PM-6:00PM 
  • Details: Quick, FREE activities for all ages! Some of our activities include Painting Birdhouses, Pinecone Birdfeeders, Friendship Bracelets, Scat Match, and Growing Your Own Tree! Almost every Thursday April-October!! 
  • Questions? Please Contact: Ranger Bram (bram.peart@pittsburghpa.gov)

 

Mission:

Pittsburgh Park Rangers work year-round as liaisons between the public and the City of Pittsburgh to advocate and promote City Parks.  Park Rangers are responsible for park related ordinance enforcement, educational programming and oversight of all Pittsburgh City Parks. Through daily patrols, continual safety education, and emergency response assistance they ensure safety for all park patrons. 

 

Park Presence:

Pittsburgh Park Rangers have jurisdiction over all Pittsburgh Parks and are actively present in all five regional parks including Emerald View, Frick, Highland, Riverview, and Schenley Parks.  Rangers are also present in smaller parks including Allegheny Commons, Market Square, Mellon Park, and Westinghouse Park amongst others. 

 

Rules and Regulations:

Park Rangers are authorized to enforce and issue citations for any violation to park ordinances which can be found under the municipal code section 473 and 633.  These rules include but are not limited to:

  1. Park hours are 6AM-11PM unless otherwise noted.
  2. All pets must remain on a leash throughout the park unless in an approved off-leash exercise area (OLEA) site.
  3. Any disfigurement or removal of park amenities is prohibited.  This includes natural resources such as lumber, plants, and/or seeds.
  4. All forms of tobacco are prohibited within City Parks.  This includes but is not limited to cigarettes, cigars, vapes, e-cigarettes, and chewing tobacco. 
  5. Interfering with any wildlife is prohibited, this includes hunting, trapping, feeding, and/or harvesting.
  6. Proper permits are required for any pavilion rental or special event happening within parks.
  7. Drones and Model Airplanes are prohibited in City Parks
  8. Grilling is only permitted in designated grilling areas.  Campfires are prohibited without a permit.

Additional Questions? Check out the municipal code of ordinances here:

https://library.municode.com/pa/pittsburgh/codes/code_of_ordinances?nodeId=COOR_TITFOURPUPLPR_ARTXIPAPL_CH471JU

 

Programming:

The Pittsburgh Park Rangers organize numerous educational activities both in parks and classroom settings.  Activities include nature related tabling activities, star parties and guided hikes! If you are interested in setting up a Park Ranger sponsored program feel free to send us an e-mail!

Take the first step in your journey towards becoming an official Junior Park Ranger! Complete the Junior Park Ranger Adventure Guide (15mb) and exchange it for a badge at any Park Ranger event throughout the year.

Click here for the Pittsburgh Park Rangers “Nature at Home!” workbook. This packet is full of free activities for kids and families including coloring, puzzles, nature pages, and even a Build-Your-Own Park activity!

 

Get in Touch!

Have a question or concern regarding your local park? Or want to set up a program? Send us an email. Include which park you are interested in and a ranger will get back to you!
Parkrangers@pittsburghpa.gov

 

Social Media

Follow the Pittsburgh Park Rangers on Facebook and Instagram to keep up-to-date on everything happening in Pittsburgh's Parks!

Iron gate and fence.
Large mushroom cluster grwon on side of a tree.
Westinghouse Gas Wells Historical Landmark Sign
Two Park Rangers walking a park path.
City overlook
Snowy day in Schenley Park
Blossom Lane
Children crafting in classroom.
Child studying tree leaf.
Night Sky