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Biophilia: Pittsburgh is the pilot chapter for a global Biophilia Network. Read on to learn about our next event!

Virtual Biophilia: Pittsburgh December Meeting – Get Outside: What to Do When It Gets Cold

Register to Attend

Join us virtually Thurs., Dec. 3 for a conversation with Kelly Sarkis, youth education and training coordinator with Venture Outdoors. Looking for new outdoor experiences as the days get shorter and colder? Join Kelly as she walks you through different resources to help you and your family get outside as winter approaches. We will discuss common challenges that people face, review health and wellness benefits of the outdoors, and play a game or two in this fun and engaging conversation. 

How to Attend

Register in advance for the meeting here. The Zoom meeting will begin promptly at 6 p.m. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Meet the Speaker

Kelly Sarkis is the Youth Education and Training Coordinator with Venture Outdoors, where she encourages youth to engage with the outdoors year-round by equipping students with knowledge and resources through in-school and after-school programs. Prior to coming to Venture Outdoors, Kelly worked at a residential summer camp for 8 years as a camp counselor and program director, where she pushed campers beyond their comfort zone during high-adventure activities. Kelly is a certified American Canoe Association Kayaking Instructor. She also enjoys backpacking and trail-running. 

Meetings are free to attend; however, advance registration is required. To R.S.V.P., please use this link.

Discover Our Additional Resources

Designed as a series of posts on the Phipps blog and a hashtag for use on Twitter and Instagram#bioPGH is a new social call-to-action for people throughout the region to more closely examine the beauty and importance of the nature around them.

The Biophilic Mind is a blog focused on presenting primary-source articles at the intersection of human health and the natural world. The Biophilic Mind aims to highlight high quality, recent research about the connections between well-being and nature.

Inspired by the Biophilic Cities initiative, the Biophilia: Pittsburgh Directory seeks to present an overview of the biophilic organizations, events, activities and projects in Pittsburgh, to aid the public in enhancing their connections to nature and discovering collaborative opportunities. 

In this archive, you may access presentation materials and video recordings from previous installments of our monthly Biophilia: Pittsburgh meeting series. Additions will be made often, so visit regularly for the latest materials to deepen your Biophilia: Pittsburgh experience.

Biophilia: Pittsburgh meets monthly at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens where, over delicious small-plates and light refreshments, a discipline or behavior is identified — often by an expert guest speaker — and discussed among the participants in the interest of sharing ideas and identifying opportunities. 


Our Goals

• To welcome and inspire others with the concept and principles of biophilia
• To foster collaboration and learning between professionals from a wide variety of disciplines
• To communicate biophilic principles in action-oriented ways to a wider audience for exponential and regional impact


What Is Biophilia?

The term “biophilia,” which literally means “love of life,” was coined by social psychologist Erich Fromm and popularized by biologist E.O. Wilson, who defined it as “the innately emotional affiliation of human beings to other living organisms.”

The implications of biophilia extend across a vast array of disciplines including design and engineering, nutrition, psychology, public health, education, biology and the humanities. Biophilia is expressed all over the world every day, through complex collaborations such as the design and construction of buildings and landscapes; and intimate, personal encounters including nature hikes and home gardening.

Photo © Paul g. Wiegman, Phipps staff