February Biophilia: Pittsburgh Meeting

Re-cognizing Life: Using Sidewalk Photography to Heighten Sensitivity to Everyday Nature

Guest Speaker: Molly Steinwald

Hiking, camping, and even trips to the local city park can increase people’s connection with nature but are difficult to fit in to busy lives with regularity. Guest speaker, Molly Steinwald, presents strategies for using artistic photography to increase people’s daily connection with nature through heightening their awareness of mundane ‘sidewalk’ nature – small-scale nature encountered while fulfilling their everyday obligations in the built environment. In addition to being Director of Science Education and Research at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, Molly is Affiliate of the International League of Conservation Photographers and an internationally award-winning and exhibited photographer.

 

Directions and Parking: 

The meeting will take place in the Center for Sustainable Landscapes (CSL) Classroom which is located on the facility’s first floor. The main Conservatory entrance will be closed, as this meeting takes place after normal hours; to access the CSL, follow Frew Street (located between the Oakland/Schenley Park bridge and the Christopher Columbus statue), which will take you around the Conservatory to the lower campus. Guest parking spaces are available on your left as you approach the CSL.

 

 

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  • Phipps C.

    Molly Steinwald has generously made her presentation available for those who attended or if you missed her presentation. Please note that all images are copyrighted. Her presentation is available here: http://www.meetup.com/BiophiliaPittsburgh/pages/Past_Presentations/

    2 · February 18, 2014

  • Suzanne N.

    I was a first time attendee. I found the talk inspiring and the audience refreshing. Earlier the same day, I came across a similar concept that supports the same fresh look. http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2013/08/12/on-looking-eleven-walks-with-expert-eyes/ about a book by Alexandra Horowitz "On looking - eleven walks with expert eyes".

    February 8, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Just a wonderful presentation. I left the meeting recalling my first experience with Re-cognizing life. I picked some of the most beautiful flowers that I had seen and ran up the hill to give them to my grandmother who was so happy to receive them (dandelions). How I wish that I had a photo of that. That interaction around age 3 grew into a lifelong activity. I love giving flowers that I grow to people often- brings joy to them and to me. That early connection to nature is vital and we need to slow down and provide opportunites for our children and grandchildren as Molly said.

    3 · February 7, 2014

  • Eva S.

    Sorry that I could not come and hear Molly's talk -- I am sure it was great. I have a class on Thursdays that runs until 6pm. The Biophilia events I attended were great, and I will be there for future meetings when I can.

    February 7, 2014

  • Patricia D.

    THis was my first meeting. What a wonderful group!
    I would like to share the source: Rachel Carson "The Sense of Wonder" her essay on connecting children to nature written about her relationship with her grand-nephew Roger Christie who she adopted as her son after his mother died. It was published posthumously. The book is in the Phipps Gift Shop and available on Amazon.

    February 7, 2014

  • Denene F.

    Outstanding presentation in content and form. Educated question/answer and discussion afterward. The event left me feeling grounded, calm, and optimistic! What a great time!!!

    February 6, 2014

  • Frank M.

    This was my first meetup and I like it very much. I'm glad that I attended. There were many more attendee than I expected.

    February 6, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    :D

    February 6, 2014

  • Amy F

    Really hoping to make it!

    February 5, 2014

  • Richard P.

    Qualifier for attending; I take public transportation to and from Oakland. If the program runs too late, I may well ask someone for a ride home!

    February 5, 2014

  • Jim M.

    Here's my next month's article for our neighborhood newspaper. You can see BioPhilia: Pittsburgh's contribution:
    garden dreaming
    http://bioeverything.blogspot.com/2014/01/garden-dreaming.html

    January 15, 2014

  • Sandi

    leaving for Miami for non-profit meeting; any chance that her talk will be available in a different media?

    January 15, 2014

  • paul g w.

    Off to China, I'm afraid. See you all in March.

    January 14, 2014

  • Maren C.

    Off to PASA, I'm afraid! http://conference.pasafarming.org/

    January 14, 2014

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