Spring Nature Walks in Pittsburgh

Spring is in full gear in Pittsburgh, and with it comes the irresistible urge to shed those winter layers and explore the outdoors. Luckily, the city is gracefully threaded with a network of nature walks, each offering a unique escape into the vibrant environment of the new season. Whether you crave a leisurely, slow stroll under blooming trees or more of  a challenging walk while scoping out rare bird varieties, we’ve got you covered. So, grab your camera, lace up your shoes, and get ready to be rejuvenated by the magic of springtime nature in Pittsburgh.

Forest Bathing

Riverview Park, April 27

Immerse yourself into the forest of Riverview Park on this slow and accessible walk. Take the opportunity to soothe your senses with nature as you take in sights, smells, and sounds. This event helps you to connect with the Earth in a way you may normally not have the time to do.

Train on the Trail

Three Rivers Heritage Trail, April 28

Want to learn how to spot special varieties of birds along the Three Rivers Heritage Trail? Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy’s Naturalist Educator, Stephen Bucklin leads this bird walk to  gain a better understanding of the ecosystem around you. Binoculars will be available for those who wish to borrow a pair.

Earth Month Forest Bathing

Frick Environmental Center, April 30

Take 90 minutes out of your day to appreciate and connect with the Earth to celebrate Earth Day in April. This slow walk allows you to relax into the woods with no sense of rush or hurry. They note that there is no right or wrong way to forest bath so any experience level is welcome.

Family Nature Walk 

Powdermill Nature Reserve, May 4

All ages and families are welcome to join the Carnegie Museum of Natural History for a guided nature walk around the Powdermill Nature Reserve. It is recommended that you register ahead of time. If space is available, however, non-registered participants can join the day of the outing. 

Birding Pittsburgh’s Parks

Hays Woods Park, May 6

Naturalist Educator Stephen Bucklin helps birders of all levels spot flying beauties around Hays Woods Park. The walk will be about two miles long with varying slopes along a natural trail. Make sure you bring your phone or camera to capture any special bird finds. 

Panther Hollow Wildflower Walk

Schenley Park, May 8

Spring is officially in full bloom. So what better way is there to enjoy the bright colors than a wildflower walk? This two-mile walk with Schenley Park Rangers will help you to to recognize and identify various native and non-native species of flowers.

Birds and More Nature Walk – Beechwood

Beechwood Farms Nature Reserve, Every Wednesday

Every Wednesday morning throughout the year at 9 a.m. you can look forward to a nature walk around Beechwood Farms Nature Reserve. Make it your opportunity to take in a breath of fresh air each week and get your exercise for the day in.

Story by Kylie Thomas

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