The Conservancy owns and stewards more than 12,000 acres of land throughout Western Pennsylvania. You can help care for these natural areas by joining our monthly land stewardship workdays hosted at sites throughout the region. Typical volunteer activities include removing invasive plants, clearing and repairing hiking trails, and marking property boundaries. View a full list of stewardship workdays and register online.
You can increase your support of the Conservancy by making a special gift during the Washington County Community Foundation’s Day of Giving on Sept. 12. Donations made to WPC through the Day of Giving will be increased by a percentage of a $100,000 bonus pool. Make your gift on September 12 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. by visiting WCCFgives.org.
Join WPC staff for a variety of free nature-based children’s activities and guided family hikes at the 25th Annual Heritage Festival at McConnells Mill State Park on Saturday, Sept. 23 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Activities include arts and crafts, wildlife and habitat games, and Fallingwater architecture games. At 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., join WPC scientists for one-hour, family-friendly interpretive nature hikes on McConnells Mill’s beautiful Kildoo Trail. You can register in advance for the hikes by calling Kaylee Horvat at 412-586-2356, but walk-ins are also welcome. Learn more about the Heritage Festival.
Help prepare the garden beds for winter by removing annual plants and debris. View a full list of gardens in need of volunteer assistance, or contact Lynn McGuire-Olzak at 412-586-2324 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on volunteering.
Walk in Penn's Woods Guided Hikes
The Conservancy is participating in the statewide Walk in Penn’s Woods on Sunday, October 1, 2017. You can join one of three hikes, led by WPC staff. Please register directly with your hike leader to attend.
- Katz Natural Area hike from 2-4 p.m. - This hike will explore a mature floodplain forest along the meandering Cussewago Creek. Portions of the hike will be off-trail. Email Tyson Johnston at email@example.com to register for this hike.
- Bear Run Nature Reserve hike from 9-11 a.m. - Located on the western slope of Laurel Hill in the Laurel Highlands, this moderate four-mile hike will include some rough and steep sections. Email Brian Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org to register for this hike.
- Fallingwater hike from 9:30-11 a.m. - Experience a small portion of Bear Run Nature Reserve surrounding Fallingwater. This hike is approximately 1.5 miles over moderately rugged terrain. Grounds passes are required and must be purchased in advance. Please call Fallingwater Visitor Services at 724-329-8501 to register for this hike.
WPC is hosting a free showing of the powerful bird conservation documentary, The Messenger, followed by an interactive panel discussion with bird experts and conservation professionals. You’ll learn more about bird conservation across our region and how you can help birds and their habitats. This event is sponsored by the Allegheny Bird Conservation Alliance (ABCA), a strategic partnership among regional and national conservation organizations with a strong focus on the conservation of birds.
While the event is free, registration is required due to limited seating. If you would like to attend, please register early!
The Conservancy plants hundreds of trees each fall and spring through its community forestry program, the Pittsburgh Redbud Project and the TreeVitalize Pittsburgh partnership. You can volunteer to plant a tree in the Pittsburgh region, beginning in late October. Planting dates and locations will be available soon. For more information on volunteering, email email@example.com or call 412-586-2386.