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Defy Winter: 7 Great Ways to Get Moving in March

With spring (hopefully) right around the corner, Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy gears up for a month of nature-centered activities.

photo by sarah shearer

Punxsutawney Phil predicted that we will have an early spring this year, and Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy is counting on the rodent being right.

The Conservancy has a variety of hikes and other events in March to get you moving and into spring shape. All of the events are free, but it's recommended that you register to save your spot. Click here for more information

EVENT: First Friday Nature Walk: Spring Thaw
WHAT: Attendees will join a naturalist at the Frick Environmental Center for a relaxed hike through the woods.
WHEN: Friday, March 1; 10 to 11 a.m.
WHERE: Frick Environmental Center

EVENT: Keep Moving! Tai Chi at Frick Environmental Center
WHAT: Tai Chi improves balance, muscle strength and flexibility. Never tried it? Here's a great place to start. 
WHEN: Sundays in March; 1 to 2 p.m.
WHERE: Frick Environmental Center

EVENT: Third Friday Fitness Hike
WHAT: This hike is designed for those ages 50+. It's not designed to be strenuous, but Pittsburgh is a hilly place so there will be some ups and downs. Please wear sturdy shoes and dress for the weather. 
WHEN: Friday, March 15; 10 to 11 a.m.
WHERE: Frick Environmental Center

EVENT: Free Yoga 
WHAT: Breathe and stretch during this all-levels yoga class.
WHEN: Sunday, March 17; 1 to 2 p.m.
WHERE: Frick Environmental Center

EVENT: Full Moon Hike
WHAT: Enjoy a moonlit stroll through Frick Park led by a Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy naturalist educator. This relaxing one-hour hike is designed to connect participants to the cycles in nature and the seasonal phenomena each month brings.
WHEN: Wednesday, March 20; 8:30 p.m. to  9:30 p.m.
WHERE: Frick Environmental Center
AUDIENCE: 18 and over

EVENT: Hike with a Naturalist: Sounds of Spring
WHAT: As the snow melts and the temperatures rise, many animals come out of dormancy or migrate to new habitats. Stephen Bucklin, a Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy naturalist educator, will lead an evening hike highlighting the sounds of spring that reflect the changes happening in nature.
WHEN: Sunday, March 24; 7 to 9:00 p.m.
WHERE: Frick Environmental Center
AUDIENCE: 18 and over

EVENT: Annual Explorers Club of Pittsburgh Hillside Cleanup
WHAT: Each spring, experienced rock climbers and mountaineers from the Explorers Club of Pittsburgh and Allegheny Mountain Rescue Group use their climbing skills and equipment to safely remove litter on the steep slopes of Emerald View Park along Grandview Avenue in Mount Washington. This year, volunteers are invited to help with a guided spring trail cleanup in other areas of the park.
WHEN: Saturday, March 30; 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
WHERE: Emerald View Park

For more information or to register for an event hosted by the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy, click here

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