• #bioPGH Blog: The Scent of Earth After a Rain
    Sep 29
    2016

    #bioPGH Blog: The Scent of Earth After a Rain

    By Dr. Maria Wheeler-Dubas, Science Education and Research Outreach Coordinator

    The pitter-pattering of rain drops slows. A peek out the window reveals gray clouds retreating into the horizon, and fresh sunlight spills onto the wet ground. If you step outside, you can breathe in that earthy scent—a smell...

  • 2016 Eco-Challenge Recap
    Sep 29
    2016

    2016 Eco-Challenge Recap

    By Emily Nye, High School Program Coordinator

    What bright, thoughtful, innovative youth we have here in Pittsburgh! We just concluded a very exciting and successful Eco-Challenge to kick off to the 2016 – 2017 Fairchild Challenge. Visiting students got to participate in...

  • Health in Motion: Pittsburgh Faison at the Wheel Mill
    Sep 28
    2016

    Health in Motion: Pittsburgh Faison at the Wheel Mill

    By Scott Mandarino

    This article is a part of a series called Health in Motion brought you by Let’s Move Pittsburgh. Health in Motion is intended to showcase the efforts of schools and community organizations in the Pittsburgh region who are...

  • #bioPGH Blog: Brassica Vegetables
    Sep 27
    2016

    #bioPGH Blog: Brassica Vegetables

    By Dr. Sarah States, Manager, Phipps Research Institute for Biophilia and Science Engagement

    Brussels sprouts. Does the sight of them on your dinner plate make you gag? If so, you’re not alone. But did you know that the majority of the fall harvest vegetables are related to them?...

  • This Week at Phipps: Sept. 26 – Oct. 2
    Sep 26
    2016

    This Week at Phipps: Sept. 26 – Oct. 2

    By Phipps Conservatory

    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...

  • Policy Update: American Heart Association Sugar Recomendation
    Sep 22
    2016

    Policy Update: American Heart Association Sugar Recomendation

    By Rachael Solomon

    The American Heart Association released a statement two weeks ago, recommending those 18 years or younger should consume 25 grams or less of added sugar each day, which is equivalent to one 8 oz sugary drink a week. It also stated...

  • What We’re Cooking With Now: Eggplant
    Sep 20
    2016

    What We’re Cooking With Now: Eggplant

    By Amy Reed, executive chef, Café Phipps

    Looking for adventure in the kitchen? Our monthly What We're Cooking with Now post features a fresh produce ingredient, explains how to find the market's finest, and includes a recipe to try at home. Eggplant Why:...

  • This Week at Phipps: Sept. 19 – 25
    Sep 20
    2016

    This Week at Phipps: Sept. 19 – 25

    By Phipps Conservatory

    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...

  • Last Week in Science Education
    Sep 16
    2016

    Last Week in Science Education

    By Carolyn Carlins, Facilitator, Science Education and Research

    Last Week in Science Education Programming is our weekly seasonal segment featuring education programming. This is the place for camp parents to find pictures of their campers in action and see all the fun things we did throughout...

  • #bioPGH Blog: Goldenrod
    Sep 16
    2016

    #bioPGH Blog: Goldenrod

    By Dr. Sarah States, Manager, Phipps Research Institute for Biophilia and Science Engagement

    One of the sure signs of fall is the blooming of goldenrod, which brightens fields and roadsides across Pennsylvania.  If you visit Phipps this time of year, you’ll see about six different species near the welcome center...

  • Ask Ginger: National Yoga Month
    Sep 13
    2016

    Ask Ginger: National Yoga Month

    By Let's Move Pittsburgh

    You've got questions ... we’ve got answers! Email your queries about healthy foods, physical activity and screen time for kids and Ginger will answer them here on the Phipps blog.   Q: I have heard from a...

  • This Week at Phipps: Sept. 12 – 18
    Sep 12
    2016

    This Week at Phipps: Sept. 12 – 18

    By Phipps Conservatory

    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...

  • Volunteer Spotlight: Joanna Mayo
    Sep 09
    2016

    Volunteer Spotlight: Joanna Mayo

    By Karen Santelli

    Phipps is well-known for our beautiful gardens, seasonal flower shows, pioneering sustainability initiatives, informative educational programs and community outreach. None of our work, however, would be possible without the...

  • A Red, Ripe Recipe from Chef Amy
    Sep 09
    2016

    A Red, Ripe Recipe from Chef Amy

    By Phipps Conservatory

    This year's Red, Ripe and Roasted event was a huge success, bringing in a grand total of 2,300 pounds of fresh produce for Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank – an amazing 800-pound increase from last year! As a...

  • #bioPGH Blog: Chicken of the Woods
    Sep 08
    2016

    #bioPGH Blog: Chicken of the Woods

    By Dr. Sarah States, Manager, Phipps Research Institute for Biophilia and Science Engagement

    Why did the chicken cross the road? To get to the other tree! We’re not talking about the feathery avian variety, we’re talking about Chicken of the Woods, one of the most delectable fungi in North America (and this...

  • Welcome to the 2016 – 2017 Fairchild Challenge
    Sep 07
    2016

    Welcome to the 2016 – 2017 Fairchild Challenge

    By Emily Nye, High School Program Coordinator

    With October around the corner, we are excited for fall’s brilliant foliage, festivals, pumpkins and of course — The Fairchild Challenge! Phipps Conservatory is inviting area high schools and middle schools to take...

  • This Week at Phipps: Sept. 5 – 11
    Sep 05
    2016

    This Week at Phipps: Sept. 5 – 11

    By Phipps Conservatory

    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...

  • #bioPGH Blog: Great Blue Heron
    Sep 02
    2016

    #bioPGH Blog: Great Blue Heron

    By Dr. Sarah States, Manager, Phipps Research Institute for Biophilia and Science Engagement

    Last week, Phipps staff were pleasantly surprised to find a great blue hero poaching fish from the lagoon at the Center for Sustainable Landscapes. The great blue heron (Ardea Herodias) is the largest heron in North America, and...