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This Week at Phipps: Oct. 7 – 13
Oct 07

This Week at Phipps: Oct. 7 – 13

By Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

There's always something new to see and do at Phipps! This weekly blog post provides a run-down of the latest happenings so you can plan your visit. Events listed below require no advance registration unless noted otherwise. 

Open Daily:

  • Homegrown: The Power of Community
    In the Center for Sustainable Landscapes Green Gallery, discover the impact of Phipps' edible garden program on the health of our region's families.
  • Planets Earth
    A dynamic exhibit at the Center for Sustainable Landscapes addresses the pressing environmental issues of our time and proposes a new way of thinking about how to solve them.
  • Tropical Forest Cuba
    Experience the natural beauty and culture of Cuba, one of the most biodiverse Caribbean island nations on Earth, in our immersive new Tropical Forest exhibit.
  • Make the Switch at Phipps! Green Power Drive
    Join the more than 1,000 families who have switched their home electricity to 100% green power while visiting our Tropical Forest Conservatory and you can receive free Phipps membership!

Mon., Oct. 7:

  • Make a Craft Monday  |  10:30 a.m. – noon
    Guests will enjoy creating a bird-themed craft as they learn about the different equipment ornithologists use to study and track birds. 

Tues., Oct. 8:

  • Ground Covers and Vines | 7 – 9 p.m.
    Ground covers and vines are very valuable and functional with varieties that can cover both vertical and horizontal surfaces and grow in sunny, shady, wet or dry conditions. Learn about the many possibilities that this exciting plant group presents and get to know some unique types that can enliven any landscape

Wed., Oct. 9:

  • Story Time Wednesday  |  10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.
    Learn about wildlife as you read a squirrel-themed story and discuss wildlife biology! Motion-activated cameras used by wildlife biologists will be at the station so guests can learn about how scientists study animals remotely or in more than one place. 

Thurs., Oct. 10:  

  • 5-2-1-0 Speaker Series: October Meeting: Empowering Children and Families to Enjoy Physical Activity and Play  |  5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
    Physical activity and play are important elements of maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Dr. Sharon Ross, an assistant professor of health and physical activity in the School of Education at the University of Pittsburgh, will provide an overview of the benefits of physical activity and play, what federal guidelines recommend regarding daily physical activity for children, and tips and best for how families can be active together across age groups. University of Pittsburgh doctoral candidate Ariana Brazier will discuss play deprivation and its relationship to Black children by exploring the stages of play and the ways that Black children are deprived of critical and developmental play opportunities, as well as the use of play to respond to and protest against institutionalized racism. Participants will also discuss facilitators and barriers to play in their own lives and engage in an active play break while considering different ways to challenge play deprivation in early childhood settings.
  • Indian Style Breads: Dosas and Roti  |  6 – 9 p.m. 
    Join Jayashree Iyengar as she teaches us the world of Indian cooking. Each hands-on cooking session will include delicious food and a cultural connection to each meal. Expand your culinary skill set, learn new spice combinations and bring healthy and delicious Indian cuisine into your home cooking rotation.

Fri., Oct. 11: 

  • Pot-a-Plant Friday  |  10:30 a.m. – noon
    Kids can pot their own plant to care for at home.
  • Friday Extended Hours  |  Open until 10 p.m.
    Enjoy the gardens by twilight — it's the perfect way to wind down the week!

Sat., Oct. 12:

  • Nature Lab Open Hours  |  11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
    The revolutionary Nature Lab at Phipps is now open for you to discover.
  • Botanical Embroidery  |  noon – 2 p.m. 
    Learn about botanical embroidery with the Embroider's Guild of Pittsburgh during our free with admission public program. 
  • Native Woody Plants and Their Uses in the Landscape | 1 – 3 p.m. 
    Identify woody plants that reflect local native plant communities and survey the taxonomic features of these plants, including growth habit, size, flowering sequence and cultural requirements. Using these attributes, learn the importance of site placement and create ecologically informed landscape designs.

Sun., Oct. 13

  • Family Hip Hop with Let's Move Pittsburgh and YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh  |  9 – 10 a.m. 
    Head to Phipps and bring the kids! Let's Move Pittsburgh and the YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh are pleased to present a free, family-friendly hip-hop class in our Special Events Hall. Led by a certified YMCA instructor, this class is designed to introduce Hip Hop culture through the element of dance. In a noncompetitive environment, this class encourages individualized style while staying true to the technique. This event is free to attend, but advance R.S.V.P. is required, as space is limited. Participants are asked to arrive 30 minutes early and bring their own water and towel. The session lasts approximately one hour. Participants need not pay admission to Phipps Conservatory unless they plan to tour the Conservatory after the session.
  • Guided Open Studio: Foreshortening, Shadow/Highlights | 9:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
    Making time to concentrate on your art can be tough! Join fellow botanical artists at these open studio sessions, and find the inspiration and support to start, continue and finish projects. Work on class work, your portfolio or something totally new. Current Flora students may attend as part of their Flora Project fee. Bring your artwork and materials and enjoy the time to create.
  • Origami  |  12:30 – 2:30 p.m. 
    Learn to craft beautiful origami with the Origami Club of Pittsburgh during our free with admission public program.

Photos © Paul g. Wiegman