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Water, Land, Life
WPC enewsletter

April 2010

Volunteer with WPC this Spring and Summer


From planting trees and community gardens, to stewarding WPC properties, to assisting visitors and staff at Fallingwater, the work of WPC volunteers covers a broad scope. The Conservancy depends on our dedicated volunteers to help us improve the quality of life across Western Pennsylvania. Consider lending a helping hand.

Community Gardens and Greenspace Volunteer Opportunities
WPC’s Garden and Greenspace program currently seeks volunteers to help plant and maintain gardens across Western Pennsylvania, particularly in the Pittsburgh region. Last year, more than 10,000 volunteers helped us beautify our region by planting almost 200,000 flowers and tending to the gardens throughout the summer into the fall. Garden volunteers help with the planting and mulching of annual flowers. The Conservancy provides the plants, general planting instructions, and equipment and safety vests for all volunteers. A list of planting dates, plus information about signing up as a volunteer, is available at WaterLandLife.org/38.

WPC also welcomes volunteer participation in TreeVitalize, a partnership that is working to plant 20,000 trees in Pittsburgh. To learn more about volunteering with TreeVitalize, visit http://www.paconserve.org/218.

Volunteer Land Steward Workdays
In order to keep our properties clean, safe, and accessible to the public, WPC spends countless hours every year removing invasive plants, repairing trails, marking property boundaries, and cleaning up illegal dumps. Volunteer Land Stewards are an important part of what makes this task possible. WPC invites members as well as the general public to get involved in Land Steward Workdays, where volunteers come to one of our properties, or to properties on which we hold voluntary conservation easements, to lend a hand. Read a list of upcoming Volunteer Land Steward work days at WaterLandLife.org/286.

Volunteer at Fallingwater
Fallingwater volunteers are asked to commit to a minimum of one day per month between the months of May and October. Applicants may apply for a variety of positions, and are encouraged to apply for work that appeals to their unique interests or skill sets. For example, applicants interested in assisting visitors may apply for positions at the information desk, the museum shop, or the Fallingwater Café. Applicants who would prefer to beautify and maintain the grounds may apply to volunteer with Fallingwater’s landscaping and gardening crews.

Fallingwater also seeks volunteers to assist with day-to-day museum activities, such as staffing art exhibits, assisting with interpretive programs for adults and children, serving as “Ask-Me Guides,” and leading grounds tours at the busy Fayette County museum. Learn more about volunteer opportunities at Fallingwater at Fallingwater.org/62.

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