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APRIL News & Updates
A rainy day is the perfect time for a walk in the woods.  
------ Rachel Carson
Joslyne Cook
EGGG-citing Marathon Event

Every heard of an Easter Egg Hunt for ADULTS? Here's one on April 1 that puts the "fun" in fundraising!
Joslyne Cook is a half-marathon runner who LOVES North Park and has dedicated her 2016 Pittsburgh Marathon race to the Allegheny County Parks Foundation's "Love the Loop" campaign to improve the lake trail. She's hiding 300 eggs stuffed with prizes, raffle tickets and goodies around the North Park Cabin and unleashing about 70 competitive participants to find them. Restaurants and businesses from around the area are donating gifts to heat up the competition and Penn Brewery will be on site with refreshments. Joslyne's idea obviously struck a chord with folks as tickets sold out fast! The Allegheny County Parks Foundation applauds her creativity and dedication!  Best of luck on your May 1 Marathon run, Joslyne!! 
Mt. Zion Preschoolers
Mt. Zion Preschoolers with Black Bear!
Rangers Take Parks to Schools

Ever tried to interest children in nature? Just put a skull or animal skin in their hands! The Parks to Schools program does just that - and much more - in classrooms across Allegheny County as they reach more and more children of all ages with their hands-on approach to engaging youngsters with the environment. Launched last year by the Allegheny County Park Rangers, the program is designed to teach children and young adults about the natural world first in the familiarity of their classrooms and later by tromping around in the great outdoors.  The Rangers visit the classrooms twice, then the students take a field trip to one of the nine County Parks. "Our goal is to create future park stewards by engaging young children in conservation and the environment," said Braden Meiter, Lead Supervisory Park Ranger for Allegheny County, who developed the program and teaches it along with his two Senior Rangers, Max Bader and Paul Trusty.
Skins and Skulls and Bugs and Insects programs have been popular with the younger children, while compass orienteering, trail planning and construction and teambuilding are geared for high school students. More than 20 programs are offered year-round for all ages, from pre-k to high school, while each season presents opportunities for additional topics such as wildflower walks, stream study, birding, learning about the historical structures in the parks and snowshoeing. The messages of conservation and preservation are already resonating with some groups, as the Rangers have enlisted help from a group that participated in the Parks to Schools program for an upcoming day of tree planting in Boyce Park.   
Word about Parks to Schools has spread quickly among districts. "The program is snowballing as more and more schools learn about the program. The summer is already becoming busy because schools are doing summer programming," Meiter said. He is adding 18 seasonal workers in anticipation of the busy season ahead.
The Rangers also work with scouts and church groups, YMCA camps, people with disabilities, senior citizens and any other civic or community group interested in park programming. Their programs are offered free of charge, unless groups request a program that requires additional materials. Schools must also provide their own transportation and lunch. For more information, contact Braden Meiter at Braden.Meiter@alleghenycounty.us
 Sponsors "Have Our Backs"
Thanks so much to our AWESOME Sponsors who are putting the shirts on the backs of our TEAM AWESOME Marathon Runners:
Allegheny County 
Best Feeds
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices The Preferred Realty
GAI Consultants
Go Ape! Treetop Adventure
La Roche College
Over The Bar Bicycle Cafe North Park Boathouse
Please support our "Love the Loop" North Park Trail campaign! Buy a t-shirt for $15. Contact  info@acparksfoundation.org
E is for Earth Month on WQED-TV

If you have fond memories of bathing in the magnificent South Park stone pool during its glory days, you'll want to see a documentary about the designer who inspired its creation. " Jens Jensen, The Living Green," details the life and work of the unsung pioneering landscape architect who became one of America's most influential urban designers and earliest conservationists. WQED-TV is airing it April 24 at 3 p.m. as part of its Earth Month series. Paul Riis, who designed the South Park stone pool when he was head of the Allegheny County Parks Department, was inspired by Jensen.
Two more documentaries will air about one of our former governors.
"Gifford Pinchot's Conservation Legacy,"
is slated for April 7 at 8:30 p.m. and April 17 at 6 p.m.; and
"Seeking the Greatest Good: The Conservation Legacy of Gifford Pinchot," will broadcast on April 17 at 5 p.m. Who knew that Pinchot became the first head of the United States Forest Service? Earth Month is the perfect time to shine a light on his works, as he is considered America's first trained forester and conservationist. He governed Pennsylvania for two terms, from 1923 to 1927 and again from 1931 to 1935.  His legacy is for using his wealth and power to protect the nation's natural resources for "the greatest good, for the greatest number, in the long run." 
 Our Board of Directors
James Mitnick, Chair
Richard (Rick) Rose, Treasurer
Thomas W. Armstrong
Bill Bates
G. Reynolds Clark
Pat Getty
Nancy Knauss
Daniel A. Onorato
John Surma 

Ellen Still Brooks,  Vice-Chair
Sally McCrady,  Secretary
Chester R. Babst, III
Carol R. Brown
Karen Wolk Feinstein
Jonathan Kersting
John Mascaro, Jr.
Todd Owens
Ex Officio:
Rich Fitzgerald, John DeFazio, William McKain, Andy Baechle, Stephen Shanley, Caren Glotfelty

Allegheny County Parks Foundation | 724.327.7627 | www.acparksfoundation.org| info@acparksfoundation.org