The Thurs., Dec. 1 Biophilia: Pittsburgh meeting will feature prominent naturalist Jen Dalke, who will lead a discussion on "The Importance of Staying Wild." This talk will focus on why the need to stay connected to nature is so great in the modern era, addressing the challenges of urban sprawl and excessive development and exploring ways that we can help to overcome them.
Jen Dalke is an avid outdoors enthusiast whose history with nature goes back longer than she can recall. She has sought natural spaces since she was a child, growing up with many acres immediately accessible behind the house where she lived. When she was old enough, she would pack up a journal and a snack and make her way into the forest to explore inner and outer worlds. That routine never got old and, in fact, evolved to take many different forms over the course of her life. She believes that living and participating closely with nature her whole life has had a profound impact on her current mindset and outlook.
5:30 – 6 p.m. Networking and refreshments
6 – 6:30 p.m. Presentation
6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Discussion
Directions and Parking:
This 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.