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Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
1 Schenley Park, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15213
Fri., Aug, 18, from 7 – 9 p.m., join us for a screening of Project Wild Thing. This film is the story of filmmaker David Bond, who is concerned that his kids' waking hours are dominated by a cacophony of marketing and screen time. Like city kids everywhere, they spend way too much time indoors — not like it was back in his day. He decides it's time to get back to nature — literally. In an attempt to compete with the brands, Bond appoints himself Marketing Director for Nature. Like any self-respecting salesman, he sets about developing a campaign and a logo, and with the help of a number of bemused professionals, he is soon selling Nature to British families.
A post-screening discussion will be led by Gavin White and Kathryn Hunninen of the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy, who will talk about their Pittsburgh Parks Rx program. A new program launched by partners including Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, and Lawrenceville United, Parks Rx will focus on getting kids into their local parks through connections with their school, community, and healthcare providers. The program emphasizes the importance of outdoor activity in the physical, emotional, and behavioral health of our city’s young people.
Phipps' Environmental Film Series is an exciting monthly event inviting community members to come together to view environmental films and documentaries. Each viewing will be followed by a dynamic discussion with film producers, scientists and environmental advocates, enabling attendees to share thoughts, consider various viewpoints and hear the experts’ perspectives. The series aims to raise awareness of our relationship with the natural environment, and to use film as a platform for conversation, education and positive change. Screenings for the Environmental Film Series will take place on the third Friday of every month from 7 – 9 p.m. in the Botany Hall Auditorium at Phipps. Attendance to these screenings is free with regular admission, but tickets are required; please pick up your free tickets in the Welcome Center starting at 5 p.m. on the day of the film.