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May and June bring "Water in My Community" Events

Originally posted in May 2021



Join us on Fridays at 4 p.m. in May and June for a “Water in My Community” education series where we learn about nature in and along Pine Creek, get involved with stewardship activities, and learn about the environmental impacts of pollution, erosion, and stormwater. Financial and other support for the Etna Environmental Education project has been provided by the Department of Environmental Protection’s 2020 Environmental Education Grants Program. And we are very grateful to our partners like the Borough of Etna, Tree Pittsburgh, NAEC, and our awesome community members who help make this work possible.


To participate, please bring a mask, appropriate outerwear, and your water bottle. Register by emailing pinecreekbackpack@gmail.com


We will also feature our Pine Creek Backpack, which can be rented for free by families and community members by emailing pinecreekbackpack@gmail.com. The backpack is full of fun items for all ages that help you discover nature along Pine Creek like a water monitoring kit, dip nets, binoculars, guides, activity ideas for kids, a plant press, and so much more. See what others have found, and record your own observations in the Pine Creek Journal!


The following topics and dates are subject to change, and all changes will be advertised prior to the events:


Friday, May 21: Water in my Community - Learn about Pine Creek as a habitat with invasive plant removal stewardship activity at Pine Creek Nature Trail. Meet at "the beach". Some tools and gloves are provided, but feel free to bring your own loppers. Sturdy shoes, and long pants and sleeves, are required; boots and waders are welcome.


Friday, May 28: Water in my Community - Erosion control stewardship activity at Pine Creek Nature Trail. Some tools and gloves are provided, but feel free to bring your own loppers. Long pants, sturdy shoes, and long sleeves are required; boots and waders are welcome.


Friday, June 4: Water in my Community - Sustainability Stroll. Meet at the Gazebo on Butler and Freeport Road, and follow along the new Sustainability Stroll. End at the EcoPark on Grant Ave.


Friday, June 11: Water in my Community - Trees and their role along waterways. Meet at the Etna Riverfront Park to walk over 62nd Street bridge while looking for birds, and end up at the Tree Pittsburgh Heritage Nursery where we will get an exclusive tour.


Friday, June 18: Water in my Community - Pine Creek Watershed. Learn from our partner North Area Environmental Council (NAEC) about the greater Pine Creek watershed with its challenges and treasures. Location TBA


Friday, June 25: Water in my Community - Water monitoring activity and nature discoveries at Pine Creek Nature Trail

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