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The Pittsburgh Zoo

Pittsburgh is home to the famous Pittsburgh Zoo! Our zoo is one of only six major zoo and aquarium combinations in the United States. Located in Pennsylvania's Highland Park, the zoo sits on 77 acres of park land where it exhibits more than 4,000 animals representing 475 species, including 20 threatened or endangered species. Being only 9 miles away from campus, CNUP students can easily visit the exhibits by bus or bike. Check Out Other Cool Things To Do In Pittsburgh at

Pittsburgh Is A Beautiful Place

Pittsburgh is located in the south west of the state, at the confluence of the Allegheny, Monongahela, and Ohio rivers. Pittsburgh is known both as "the Steel City" for its more than 300 steel-related businesses and as the "City of Bridges" for its 446 bridges.

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Pittsburgh Offers Terrific Opportunities For Community Involvement

I do volunteer work at Community Forge in Wilkinsburg, that is “an inclusive community space dedicated to creating opportunities for Wilkinsburg” (look at Judy Cameron Image webpage Much of the work they do focuses on youth engagement and community collaboration. It is co-owned by a small group of young professionals including faculty at Pitt, Travis Alverez Image CMU and Duquesne in psychology & neuroscience, physics and computer science. Community Forge is located in a building that was a school built in 1906 and closed in 2011. It is a classic Pittsburgh school, a city block in size and 4 stories tall. I have done most of the landscaping as the space has been converted to a community building. Travis Alverez, Ph.D., a recent graduate in the Community Forge Image Psychology Dept. at Pitt and currently a Pitt Instructor, is a co-owner of Community Forge. The University of Pittsburgh holds two “Pitt Day of Giving” days each year when Pitt students go into the community and volunteer. Last Fall 50 Pitt students came to Community Forge and helped with landscaping, painting, and repair work.