Our Mission and Core Values
A private nonprofit conservation organization founded in 1932, Western Pennsylvania Conservancy has permanently protected more than 255,000 acres of natural land in Western Pennsylvania, restored 3,000 miles of rivers and streams, and saved the rich diversity of wildlife that call Western Pennsylvania home. As Pennsylvania’s first conservancy, we’ve protected nearly 50 percent of all the land conserved by land trusts in the state.
We also own, operate and preserve Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater, which symbolizes people living in harmony with nature and is recognized internationally as a masterpiece of 20th century American architecture.
In addition, we enrich our region’s local cities and towns with 132 community flower gardens and other green spaces that are planted with the help and support of about 12,000 volunteers.
The work of the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy is accomplished through the support and generosity of more than 10,000 members. As a membership-based organization, we rely on those who care about the quality of our region. Together, we will work to conserve our natural places and improve water quality for today and for generations to come.
The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy protects and restores exceptional places to provide our region with clean waters and healthy forests, wildlife and natural areas for the benefit of present and future generations. The Conservancy creates green spaces and gardens, contributing to the vitality of our cities and towns, and preserves Fallingwater, a symbol of people living in harmony with nature.
Conservation is in Our Nature
Pennsylvania’s first conservancy, WPC has protected more than 255,000 acres of natural lands in Pennsylvania since it was established in 1932. We've restored watersheds around the state and saved numerous natural habitats to preserve Pennsylvania’s rich diversity of life. Of the total land protected by land trust organizations in Pennsylvania, nearly 50% has been conserved by WPC.
Sharing a National Treasure with the World
Outside Pennsylvania, WPC is possibly best known for its preservation of Fallingwater®, the world-renowned house designed in 1935 by famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright for Pittsburgh department store owner Edgar J. Kaufmann and his family. Located in Mill Run, Pennsylvania, Fallingwater was entrusted to the Conservancy in 1963 by Edgar Kaufmann jr.
Today, we continue our award-winning preservation efforts at Fallingwater and take pride in the wide variety of educational programs available to the more than 180,000 people who visit the house every year. In keeping with Frank Lloyd Wright’s vision of the house on the water as the epitome of modern living in harmony with nature, the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy strives to carry on the legacy of Fallingwater as the Kaufmann family and the architect himself would have intended.
A Network of Dedicated Volunteers
Each year, WPC partners with more than 12,000 volunteers and dozens of community organizations and businesses to plant and maintain more than 132 gardens and greening projects in 20 Western Pennsylvania counties. Inch by inch, yard by yard and acre by acre, our volunteers are helping to make Western Pennsylvania a more beautiful place to live and to visit.
The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy's
Partnerships as Key to Accomplishing Our Work
Innovation and Agility
Integrity, Accountability and Openness
Employees and Volunteers Valued for Their Knowledge, Commitment and Diversity
Results-driven Work for Long-term Regional Impact and Value
Collaboration Across Areas of Expertise