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.

Virtual Annual Members’ Meeting and Update

Please join us for our first-ever virtual annual meeting from 12 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. EDT on Monday, June 22. WPC President and CEO Tom Saunders will provide a live overview of the accomplishments you’ve made possible through your support, along with the 2019 financial summary. Learn about the important work that continues this year, and how the Conservancy is facing the challenges of COVID-19, including plans for reopening Fallingwater. Additionally, staff members will present brief project updates. If you have any questions, please contact Nicole Walsh at nwalsh@paconserve.org.

Volunteer Activities

WPC will begin planting its community flower gardens on May 15, 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. We’ll contact volunteers if garden plantings are canceled or rescheduled. We're also currently seeking land stewardship and watershed volunteers.

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

In response to recent COVID-19 guidelines adopted by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Fallingwater reopens to the public June 13 for exterior-only experiences. Fallingwater will resume operations with a modified schedule for outdoor experiences, we’ll continue to closely monitor the situation in our region and make adjustments as needed to help keep you safe. Purchase tickets today to visit Fallingwater, 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.

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.