April 21 – 23; See schedule for full details
Earth Day Celebration
Earth Day Celebration
Earth Day Celebration
Earth Day Celebration
Earth Day Celebration

Join us as we extend Earth Day into a three-day celebration to help you get in touch with nature.

Here at Phipps, we believe that every day is Earth Day — and to celebrate the planet and our important role in keeping it healthy, we’re presenting three days of fun activities, presentations and more. Read on for a complete list of events, which begin on Fri., April 21 and continue through Sun., April 23. Activities are included with Phipps admission and require no advance registration.

Daily:

  • Tree of Promises  |  Welcome Center  |  All Day
    Make a pledge to care for the earth and place it on our upcycled tree!
  • Discovery Station: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle  |  East Room  |  10 a.m. – 4 p.m
    Kids can use recycled items to make a pair of binoculars.
  • Discovery Station: Pot-a-Plant  |  Tropical Fruit and Spice Room  |  10 a.m. – 4 p.m
    Kids can pot their own plant to care for at home.
  • Center for Sustainable Landscapes  |  10 a.m. – 4 p.m.; guided tours at 1 p.m.
    Visit the living building of the future, which helps to save the earth by generating its own electricity and capturing all its own water.
  • Companion Plants: The Fairchild Challenge at Phipps  |  CSL Gallery  |  All Day
    See a stunning series of photos by high school students that capture the inner workings of beneficial plant relationships.

Fri., April 21:

  • Make the Switch at Phipps! Green Power Drive  I  Tropical Forest Conservatory  |  11:30 a.m. – 10 p.m.
    Switch your home electricity to 100% green power while visiting our Tropical Forest Conservatory and you can receive free Phipps membership!
  • Environmental Film Festival  |  7 – 9 p.m.  |  Botany Hall
    Watch the feature length documentary film Inhabit, which presents a vast array of projects, concepts, and people, and translates the diversity of permaculture into something that can be understood by an equally diverse audience. Juliette Olshock of Fourth River Workers Guild will lead the post-film discussion. Juliette designs and manages permaculture landscapes in the Pittsburgh area.

Sat., April 22:

  • Butterfly Forest  |  Stove Room  |  9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    Delight in the return of our fluttering pollinator friends and their favorite blooms.
  • Make the Switch at Phipps! Green Power Drive  I  Tropical Forest Conservatory  |  9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    Switch your home electricity to 100% green power while visiting our Tropical Forest Conservatory and you can receive free Phipps membership!
  • SEED Classroom Open House  |  11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
    Drop in and let a graduate of our high school internship show you the inner workings of the modular, non-toxic SEED Classroom, our new learning space.

Sun., April 23:

  • Butterfly Forest  |  Stove Room  |  9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    Delight in the return of our fluttering pollinator friends and their favorite blooms.
  • Make the Switch at Phipps! Green Power Drive  I  Tropical Forest Conservatory  |  9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    Switch your home electricity to 100% green power while visiting our Tropical Forest Conservatory and you can receive free Phipps membership!
  • SEED Classroom Open House  |  11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
    Drop in and let a graduate of our Learning for a Greener Future high school internship show you the inner workings of the modular, non-toxic SEED Classroom, our new learning space.

Select photos © Paul g. Wiegman, Kristi Hoffman, Brian Cohen

More Events You’ll Enjoy

  • Biophilia: Pittsburgh

    Thurs., April 6; 6 p.m. (Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for refreshments and networking)

    Biophilia: Pittsburgh meets monthly to discuss how citizens can strengthen the bond between people and nature through education and action. Registration is required but events are free to attend. Join the conversation!
  • April Public Programs

    Saturdays and Sundays; 1:30 p.m. except where noted

    Grow your garden know-how by attending a free-with-admission class. From birds and bees to shrubs and trees, local experts bring it all to you surrounded by the beauty of our gardens.
  • Party in the Tropics

    Fridays, April 7 and May 5; 7 – 11 p.m. (Ages 21+)

    Make our paradise your own as you indulge in sweet and savory morsels, taste unique cocktails, and dance to the beats of a live DJ in our Tropical Forest Conservatory. Entry is free with Conservatory admission.