For many people, summer means hauling colorful plastic kayaks into one of our region's many waterways and paddling. The sport can be intimidating for new paddlers, so Pittsburgh recreation group Venture Outdoors gives hands-on instruction for those just starting out.
To find summer fun in the sun, we headed to Point State Park in Pittsburgh—the scenic site where the Allegheny, Ohio and Monongahela Rivers meet. The fountain there has just been renovated, and a number of people were cooling off in the water, as well as warming up with sports activities around the lawn.
In recent decades the distribution of ladybug species across North America has been changing dramatically and scientists are trying to figure out why. They’re compiling one of the largest and most geographically widespread ladybug databases in existence, and they’re using citizens to help them build it.
Canoeing on the lake or hiking with new best friends are common summer camp memories. For kids who identify as LGBTQ—lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or "questioning"—that kind of letting loose may not be an option. We visit one of a few summer camps where LGBTQ kids find nature and each other.