Baratunde looking onto a presentation in front of a live event audience.

Many thanks to WQED’s members, partners, viewers, listeners… and of course Baratunde Thurston for a stellar community event on April 23, 2024! Baratunde joined the packed house at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens for an evening celebrating the outdoors, while getting an inside look behind the scenes of the hit, PBS series, “America Outdoors with Baratunde Thurston.”

Enjoy Highlights from the Event and Q&A with Baratunde:

Q&A Videos   Photos from the Event

WQED Presents Baratunde Thurston Live

WQED Multimedia invites you to join us in welcoming Baratunde Thurston, host of America Outdoors with Baratunde Thurston, at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens for an exciting presentation and Q&A session where he will talk about the importance of getting outdoors and what he has learned while doing his show – including some clips from the series!


Baratunde Thurston is an Emmy-nominated, multi platform storyteller and producer operating at the intersection of race, technology, democracy, and climate. He is the host and executive producer of the PBS series America Outdoors with Baratunde Thurston, creator and host of the How To Citizen podcast, and a founding partner and writer at Puck. His comedic memoir, How To Be Black, is a New York Times best-seller. Baratunde is unique in his ability to tell the story of us: who we are and who we can still be.

Tuesday, April 23, 2024 

Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens 

6:00 – 7:00 pm (VIP Reception) 

7:00 – 8:30 pm (Presentation) 

Ticket Information:

VIP Reception ($100) – VIP Reception is from 6:00 – 7:00 pm before the presentation and will be located in the Tropical Forest Conservatory in Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. Included in your VIP ticket is the opportunity to meet and speak with Baratunde, an exclusive VIP experience keepsake, savory appetizers and drinks. Each VIP Reception ticket includes a seat at the 7:00 presentation and is a donation to WQED Multimedia.

General Admission (Free) – Join us for Baratunde’s presentation in the Special Events Hall at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens beginning at 7:00 pm, followed by a Q&A session with Baratunde.

Special thanks to:

Richard King Mellon Foundation

Thanks also to the Allegheny County Parks FoundationBike Pittsburgh, the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden, the Pittsburgh Major Taylor Cycling ClubTree Pittsburgh and Venture Outdoors for sharing resources and adding to the dialogue at our evening with Baratunde.