How Getting Outside Changed My Life: An Intimate Conversation

Join us for an evening with women who credit trails and time spent outside with transforming their lives. More conversation than presentation, the program features stories of women whose experiences highlight the aspirational and the accessible capacity of trails to enhance our quality of life. From traveling great distances and building communities around shared passions to advocating for accessibility for all, these women’s journeys reveal the power of making personal connections to the natural world.

Scheduled to attend are:
• Jayne Miller, President and CEO of Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy, an active cyclist and hiker and recent transplant from Minneapolis
• Kerry Gross, who biked across the country in 2017, interviewing women along the way and now produces the Women Who Dare podcast
• Lucia M. Aguirre, a.k.a. “Bikeygirl,” a renaissance woman who serves as president of the cycling advocacy group 412 Flock! and credits riding a bicycle to improving and changing her life.
• Valerie Beichner, Executive Director of Friends of the Riverfront, who did a 150-mile family relay run on the Great Allegheny Passage in 2016
• Heather McClain, a resident of Beechview who connects with nature and the urban forest in small but meaningful ways in her daily life and serves as a board member for Pretty Up Beechview.

This program will be held at The Brew House at 711 S. 21st Street in the South Side, and will be emceed by Amy Camp of Cycle Forward. The event is open to all ages and genders. Doors will open at 7 p.m., with the panel discussions beginning at 7:30. Attendees are invited to view the current gallery exhibit before the program begins. Light refreshments will be provided. Street parking and bike racks are available.

How Getting Outside Changed My Life is part of a two-program series exploring how women connect with and advocate for the outdoors. The other program, Opening Doors to the Outdoors, will feature a panel of five women sharing their personal nature stories on March 13.
This project was financed in part by a grant from the Community Conservation Partnerships Program, the Heritage Areas Program under the administration of the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Bureau of Recreation and Conservation. The space was generously donated by The Brew House Association.

These programs are presented by Rivers of Steel, a nonprofit that was founded on the principles of heritage development, community partnership, and a reverence for the region's natural and shared resources. Rivers of Steel strengthens the economic and cultural fabric of western Pennsylvania by fostering dynamic initiatives and transformative experiences.

This program is free and open to the public, although donations will be accepted in support of Rivers of Steel. Registration is required, as seating is limited. Please email or call (412) 918-6563 to register.

The Brew House
711 S. 21st Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15203 (South Side)

Attendees are invited to view the current gallery exhibit, Growlerfest, which celebrates the art of the beer growler and features ceramic handmade growlers.