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Opening Doors to the Outdoors: A Legacy of Advocacy and Play

March 13, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Join Rivers of Steel for Opening Doors to the Outdoors: A Legacy of Advocacy and Play

They will be celebrating pioneering women – from the trailblazers who were early advocates for natural spaces and environmental protections to the women of today who carry on their legacy.

This event will feature panelists, who “will consider the impact of regional icon Rachel Carson on the environmental movement, the appreciation of nature as a response to industrialization, the land grants by society women that formed Frick and Schenley Parks, and how author Annie Dillard’s childhood play in Pittsburgh’s East End may have influenced her groundbreaking work, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, among other considerations.

Inspired by the legacies of women who have opened doors to the outdoors, our panelists represent the women of today – advocates and scientists, academics and athletes, executives and volunteers – all inspired to improve the quality of life in our region and make it possible for us to continue to enjoy all natural places.”

Panelists include:

  • Karen Abrams, Program Officer, Equitable Development at The Heinz Endowments
  • Lisa Brown, Executive Director of both the Saw Mill Run and Streets Run Watershed Associations
  • Sabina Deitrick, Associate Professor of at the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs and Co-Director of Urban and Regional Analysis, University Center for Social and Urban Research, University of Pittsburgh
  • Jane Menchyk, Land Protection Manager at Western Pennsylvania Conservancy
  • Joey-Linn Ulrich, Executive Director of Venture Outdoors

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:

Opening Doors to the Outdoors is part of a two-program series exploring how women connect with and advocate for the outdoors The other program on March 27, How Getting Outside Changed My Life, will feature a panel of five women sharing their personal nature stories. More information here.


March 13, 2018
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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