My Generation

 Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy naturalist educator Taiji Nelson compares hemlock and white pine tree branches in Frick Park.

Let’s Talk About Parks: Name that evergreen

Evergreen trees are easy to spot, but can you tell the differences among firs, pines and eastern hemlocks?

4 days ago

Stargazing: Crescent moon passes Saturn

Before the year’s last cycle of lunar phases ends, early risers can see the waning crescent moon pass Saturn in the southeastern sky.

5 days ago

 A nearly adult male smew.

Let's Talk About Birds: Smews

An adult male smew, with its bright white plumage, punk-style crest and blackened eye, looks like it comes from a Dr. Seuss book.

1 week ago

Stargazing: Geminid meteor shower​

This weekend’s Geminid meteor shower may produce more visible meteor activity than other major showers that don’t have an interfering moon.

1 week ago

Let’s Learn from the Past: Joseph Fennimore's Flag

During World War II, James Fennimore made a American flag out of salvaged fabric, a blue dress uniform and a captured Nazi flag.

2 weeks ago

Let's Talk About: Evergreen Trees

Spruce, pine, cedar and fir trees are considered evergreens and are the most recognized during the winter season.

2 weeks ago

 Max Qureshi holds a squirrel feeder that he and his sister Keira will hang to attract squirrels.

Let's Talk About Parks: Squirrels

Despite the winter weather, Eastern gray squirrels can still be seen dashing across open fields and scaling tree branches.

2 weeks ago

Stargazing: Get ready for Jupiter

The dazzling bright star greeting early risers high in the southern sky before sunrise is actually the planet Jupiter.

2 weeks ago

My Generation Essay: NEWtrition: Eating habits of yesterday and today

People are so conscientious now about what goes into their bodies that food controls great chunks of their lives.

3 weeks ago

Let's Talk About Science: Watersheds

Each body of water has a watershed — an area of land that drains into it.

3 weeks ago

Let's Learn From the Past: Jack Lambert

Linebacker Jack Lambert was a fierce players for the Pittsburgh Steelers’ dominating defense in the 1970s.

3 weeks ago

 Rainbow lorikeet.

Let's Talk About Birds: Rainbow lorikeets

From its vivid red beak to the tip of its bright green tail, the rainbow lorikeet a brilliant patchwork of blue, yellow, green and red.

3 weeks ago

 A mosaic by Ada Bosonetto.  Her work is available at the Holiday Shop at Pittburgh Center for the Arts in Shadyside.

Let's Talk About Art: Ada Bosonetto

Mosaic artist Ada Bosonetto has a studio in her Highland Park home. She was born in Argentina and moved to Pittsburgh when she was 7.

3 weeks ago

Stargazing: Mars and apparent magnitude

Look for the waxing crescent moon to pass Mars this week.

3 weeks ago

Let's Learn From the Past: Market Square

Market Square has served as the bustling heart of Downtown Pittsburgh for 250 years.

1 month ago

Let's Talk About Science: Preschool kitchen science

For preschoolers, everyday kitchen tasks such as measuring and stirring can also be opportunities for hands-on science and math learning.

1 month ago


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