Sunday, May 19th, 2019. Storytime for the Trees! with Patagonia Pittsburgh

Arbuz and Kavon - some of our favorite forest characters are coming to a Patagonia store near you!

A local emerging author will be sharing her written and illustrated tale of sharing, caring and ecosystem dynamics in the forest every 30 minutes from 2-4pm. Appropriate for all ages!

Join us at the Walnut Street Patagonia store in the neighborhood of Shadyside in Pittsburgh, PA for refreshments, some children’s activity and a story. You can also learn more about Plant Five for Life’s work to restore our forest and re-connect children and families to nature from birth.

An RSVP in advance or $5 donation gets you entry into a Patagonia product raffle and makes you eligible for a young tree or tree seed. An item will be raffled off every story session on the half hour. See you soon!

Hear Stories. Talk Trees. Drink Warm Drinks. Join us! January 27th, 2019

Storytelling is a great way for kids to learn about nature - bring your child to Patagonia on Walnut St. in Pittsburgh, Sunday, January the 27th from 11:30 am - 1 pm for a story, healthy snacks and fun.

Plant Five for Life will be there with emerging Pittsburgh author and illustrator, Justine Kasznica, who will give an exclusive preview of her book Arbuz and Kavun  - a delightful forest tale! Come hear more about our work to connect children and families to nature and to reverse our declining tree canopy for the long run.

Ms. K will read her story every half hour. Drop-in and you are sure to catch it!

Ms. K will read her story every half hour. Drop-in and you are sure to catch it!

Change happens through teamwork...1,200 trees in the ground and counting...

“Individual commitment to a group effort -- that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.” – V. Lombardi

Plant Five for Life planted 1,200 trees in April; the first of 5,000 given to 1,000 newborns at birth! We did not do this work alone. This project was and always will be a collaborative effort. For this planting, Pittsburgh Botanic Garden were the property hosts; they offered the land on which the trees were planted - 2 acres of a former coal mine site under a 400+ acre reclamation by them. The gifts were given and announced through UPMC Magee-Womens HospitalPittsburgh Botanic Garden brought their staff expertise using the forest reclamation approach to former coal mine sites, prepared the site and helped get the trees in the ground. The American Chestnut Foundation donated 100 chestnuts to the selection of nine species. Volunteers from the Office of Surface Mining and Reclamation and the surrounding community, including University students, joined us to plant the trees. In the run-up to the planting, friends of Plant Five like those from DYCLE and other colleagues around Pittsburgh offered support and helped with final details and communications. We had fun and good conversation while the sun shined; as a result, a forest sprang into action! 

Stay tuned for more to come in October 2018 at this site and with these and other supporters. Contact us if you would like to join the team!

You can also see more photos and learn more about the project on Facebook. Follow along with us there!