Frick Park
Frick Park. Photo by Tori Stipcak.

Brew House
March 13
Doors open at 7 p.m.

Pittsburgh’s outdoor amenities and green spaces have been touted by everyone from National Geographic to The New York Times, but how can the region ensure that our environmental assets are protected, preserved and accessible to all for generations to come?

Delve into these critical questions — and celebrate local trailblazers during Women’s History Month — at this unique forum hosted by Rivers of Steel.

Free to all ages, “Opening Doors to the Outdoors: A Legacy of Advocacy and Play” will feature a discussion with women working in various roles — from advocates, scientists and scholars, to athletes, executives and volunteers. All are inspired to improve quality of life in our region and make it possible for all citizens to enjoy natural places.

Featured speakers are: Karen Abrams (The Heinz Endowments), Lisa Brown (Saw Mill Run and Streets Run Watershed Associations), Sabina Deitrick (University of Pittsburgh), Jane Menchyk (Western Pennsylvania Conservancy) and Joey-Linn Ulrich (Venture Outdoors).

Panelists will explore the contributions of early advocates such as biologist, author and conservationist Rachel Carson, who was born in Springdale and launched the global environmental movement. Talks will examine the impact of industrialization, land grants that formed Frick and Schenley Parks, how Pittsburgh inspired “Pilgrim at Tinker Creek” by acclaimed author Annie Dillard, and more.

Emceed by Amy Camp of Cycle Forward, the event will include light refreshments.

Advance registration is required.

Jennifer Baron

Jennifer has worked at the Mattress Factory, Brooklyn Museum of Art and Dahesh Museum of Art and is co-author of Pittsburgh Signs Project: 250 Signs of Western Pennsylvania. She also is co-coordinator...