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How Getting Outside Changed My Life: An Intimate Conversation

March 27, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Join Rivers of Steel for “How Getting Outside Changed My Life: An Intimate Conversation.”

The event will be an evening with women who credit trails and time spent outside with transforming their lives. More conversation than presentation, the program features stories of women whose experiences highlight the aspirational and the accessible capacity of trails to enhance our quality of life. From traveling great distances and building communities around shared passions to advocating for accessibility for all, these women’s journey’s reveal the power of making personal connections to the natural world.

Scheduled to attend are:

  • Jayne Miller, President and CEO of Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy, an active cyclist and hiker and recent transplant from Minneapolis
  • Kerry Gross, who biked across the country in 2017, interviewing women along the way and now produces the Women Who Dare podcast
  • Lucia M. Aguirre, a.ka. “Bikeygirl,” a renaissance woman who serves as president of the cycling advocacy group 412 Flock! and credits riding a bicycle to improving and changing her life
  • Valerie Beichner, Executive Director of Friends of the Riverfront, who did a 335-mile family relay run between Pittsburgh and Washington, D.C. in 2016
  • Heather McClain, a resident of Beechview who connects with nature and the urban forest in small but meaningful ways in her daily life and serves as a board member for Pretty Up Beechview

Details & Registration

This program will be held at The Brew House at 711 S. 21st Street Pittsburgh, PA 15203 in the South Side, and will be emceed by Amy Camp of Cycle Forward. Doors will open at 7 PM, with the panel discussions beginning at 7:30 PM. Light refreshments will be provided. Street parking and bike racks are available. The event is free, and open to all ages and genders. Registration is required, as seating is limited. Please email amyrcamp@gmail.com or call 412-918-6563 to register.

About this program:

How Getting Outside Changed My Life, is part of a two-program series exploring how women connect with and advocate for the outdoors The other program on March 13,  Opening Doors to the Outdoors, will feature a panel of five women reflecting on the influence of trailblazing women. More information about the programs here.


March 27, 2018
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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