COVID-19 NEWS

The health and safety of our members, volunteers, Fallingwater visitors and our staff are our primary focus as the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy continues to monitor the latest updates regarding COVID-19 from the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and World Health Organization.

Volunteer Activities

Care for WPC's community flower gardens is needed all year long, so please consider volunteering. Contact Lynn McGuire-Olzak at 412-586-2324 or lmcguire-olzak@paconserve.org to register or for more information. To help keep you safe, we've developed COVID-19 safety requirements for our community gardens volunteers. Click here to read these guidelines prior to volunteering with us.

Also, all WPC offices and Fallingwater are closed or have limited staff, and many employees are working remotely. As such, volunteers should not report to WPC offices nor Fallingwater until further notice. As volunteer other opportunities become available, we'll contact volunteers and share information on social media. You can also get volunteer information via our monthly enewsletter. Sign up to get news and notifications.

Fallingwater

Due to rising cases of COVID-19 and new statewide restrictions, Fallingwater is currently temporarily closed to the public through Sunday, January 31. Guided Exterior Private Tours and Winter Walks are cancelled, and the Fallingwater Museum Store, Café and Speyer Gallery are closed. Please note that the portion of Bear Run Nature Reserve near Fallingwater, located west of Rt. 381, including that part of the Black Loop trail, is closed to the public through Jan. 31, 2021. Visitors are welcome to explore the reserve east of Rt. 381. Learn more about how we’re working to keep you safe when you return or call Fallingwater Visitor Services at 724-329-8501 for more information.

 

Exploring our Properties

Please Stay Safe and Healthy While Enjoying Nature and the Outdoors

Pennsylvania's statewide stay-at-home order permits outdoor activities for exercise during the COVID-19 pandemic, as long as those activities are done in a safe and responsible manner per CDC guidelines.

As you hike, walk and enjoy our properties, we encourage you to please maintain social distancing, step off-trail to let others pass and continue to follow leave-no-trace principles. Please note that the portion of Bear Run Nature Reserve near Fallingwater, located west of Rt. 381, including that part of the Black Loop trail, is closed to the public through Jan. 31, 2021. Visitors are welcome to explore the reserve east of Rt. 381.

CARES Act Expands Charitable Giving Provisions

As we navigate these challenging times, it’s important to remember that while we can’t spend time with those we love, nature can always provide some much-needed solace and a breath of fresh air from the stresses surrounding us.

The Conservancy is making every effort to stay mission-focused at this time. Fortunately, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act brings some new benefits for individuals and corporations who want to provide much-needed support to charitable organizations.