My Generation


Let's Learn From the Past: The North Side

A cen­tury ago, Al­le­gheny City was Penn­syl­va­nia’s third larg­est mu­nic­i­pal­ity, be­hind Phil­a­del­phia and Pitts­burgh.

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Let's Talk About: Taking things apart

Never disassemble appliances such as TVs, monitors or anything from your kitchen, but many small everyday items are safe to explore.

1 day ago


 A molting penguin at the National Aviary. credit: National Aviary.

Let's Talk About: Molting birds

A bird’s feathers must be replaced in order to continue providing insulation and helping a bird to fly.

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 The Southern Leopard Frog.

Let's talk about: Biology and art

Richard Pell’s disturbing photos on display at Pittsburgh Filmmakers of animals involved in biologic testing show mix of biology and art.

3 days ago


Stargazing: Jupiter and the waning crescent moon

Before this lunar cycle draws to an end with a new moon Sept. 24, a thin waning crescent will sink past Jupiter in the morning sky.

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 A student in the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy Habitat Explorer Program gathers seeds in Frick Park amid colorful goldenrod blooms.

Let's Talk About: What's blooming in our parks

The wildflowers of summer are browning and turning to seed, but a hike along Pittsburgh’s park trails will reveal a host of fall blooms.

1 week ago


Stargazing: Super harvest moon tonight

The full moon that occurs tonight at 9:38 p.m. is this year’s “harvest moon” and it is also considered a “supermoon.”

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Let's Talk About: The first U.S. submarine mission

The Turtle, made of bent wooden planks bolted together and sealed with tar, was manned and sent to sea to hamper a British warship.

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 A kookaburra.

Let's Talk About Birds: Laughing kookaburra

In grade school music class many of us learned about a strange bird with a funny-sounding name —  that merry king of the bush, laughing.

2 weeks ago


 The patterns and shapes in Blane Siegel's Biennial exhibit were inspired by meditation.

Let's talk about art: Blaine Siegel

Blaine Siegel, one of the artists featured in the Pittsburgh Biennial, gets inspiration from the geometric shapes of Pittsburgh.

2 weeks ago


Stargazing: Orion signals seasonal change

After months of hiding in the sun's glare, Orion has returned to the morning sky, reminding us of cooler weather that's a few weeks away.

2 weeks ago


Let's Talk About: Space sugar

Outer space is a rather impressive domain if you have a sweet tooth.

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Let's Learn From the Past: Shadyside

Considered one of Pittsburgh’s first suburban neighborhoods, Shadyside has retained its tree-lined charm for more than 150 years.

3 weeks ago


 Kevin Tyler Jr. gets up close with a bullfrog as part of the Frick Environmental Center’s Young Naturalist program. While it is best not to handle amphibians, if you do come in contact, wash your hands thoroughly after gently returning them to where they were found.

Let’s Talk About Parks: Amphibians in Pittsburgh's parks

Ever see a frogsicle? The varying habitat in Pittsburgh parks offers many wonders about how frogs and other amphibians live.

3 weeks ago


Stargazing: Eye-catching celestial trio

After today's new moon, our closest neighbor in space will move east, away from the sun, and pass between Mars and Saturn.

3 weeks ago


Let's Talk About: natural tie dye

Free of chemicals and easy for kids to handle, natural dyes can range from nuts to berries to plants.

4 weeks ago


 A hooded pitta at the National Aviary.

Let's Talk About Birds: hooded pitta

Pittas are chunky, medium-sized songbirds with long sturdy legs, stout beaks, large eyes, stubby tails and a distinctive plumages.

1 month ago



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