Events & Volunteer Opportunities

Become Community Garden Steward

Become Community Garden Steward

August 1, 2019 to October 1, 2019

Volunteer Opportunity

Have you ever seen a WPC garden and wondered how it stays looking colorful, strong and healthy? A loyal crew of volunteers known as Garden Stewards cares for the Conservancy’s many gardens.  After spring planting, Garden Stewards help water, weed and clean up the areas. Stewards work from spring to fall.

Are you looking for a way to get outside and tend a garden?  We can help! Can we count on you to help a garden bloom all summer long? Contact Lynn McGuire-Olzak at 412-586-2324 or lolzak@paconserve.org to learn how to get started. The gardens below need stewards to care for them in the 2019 season:

Become a WPC Ambassador

Become a WPC Ambassador

August 1, 2019 to October 31, 2019

Volunteer Opportunity
Do you like talking with people and helping them feel welcome?  Then become a WPC Ambassador!  After a brief training, you’ll work with WPC staff at events greeting people, handing out materials, water, and talking about WPC’s work. Choose from many locations and dates throughout the year. Ready to get started?  We’re forming a new group of Ambassadors now, to train for garden and tree planting events beginning in April. Please contact Kaylee Horvat at 412-586-2356 or khorvat@paconserve.org to get started today!
Volunteer for Land Stewardship

Volunteer for Land Stewardship

August 1, 2019 to November 9, 2019

Volunteer Opportunity

2019 Volunteer Land Steward Workdays

Thank you for your interest in Land Stewardship workdays. Management of WPC properties would not be possible without the help of our dedicated volunteers. Below is a drop-down list of current workdays for the 2019 season. To sign up for a specific workday, please click on the registration button below.

Workdays are typically held rain or shine. Unless otherwise indicated, we meet at the property at 9 am and work until around 2 or 3 pm, with a short break for lunch. Of course, volunteers are welcome to come and go as needed. Volunteers should bring water and a lunch, and be prepared to work in rugged, muddy, and/or thorny conditions. Long pants, sturdy shoes, work gloves, and sunblock are necessary. We’ll have extra gloves and all the tools needed for the project. Typical tools include loppers, pick mattocks, hazel hoes, and shovels. If a workday is cancelled for some reason, a message will immediately be sent to the volunteer land steward email list, as the website may not be updated for a day or so.

Summer 2019 Workdays

June 15, 2019

TOMS RUN NATURE RESERVE - TRAIL CONSTRUCTION CONTINUED
This year, we’re excited to finally begin trail construction at Toms Run. One leg of the trail will pass close to an old dump containing mostly appliance and automobile parts. Over the course of several workdays, we’ll haul this material out.

Meeting time: 9 am
Meeting place: Park off Toms Run Road, Kilbuck Township, Allegheny Co.  |  VIEW ON MAP
Work involves: Hiking up to 2.5 miles, steep slopes, muddy conditions, handling metal debris, clearing/digging a new trail


July 27, 2019

WOLF CREEK NARROWS NATURAL AREA
INVASIVE PLANT REMOVAL & TRAIL MAINTENANCE

Meeting time: 9 am
Meeting place: Park off Miller Road, Slippery Rock Township, Butler Co.  |  VIEW ON MAP
Work involves: Hiking up to 1.5 miles, moderate slopes, minor trail maintenance, cutting/digging invasive shrubs


August 24, 2019

WEST BRANCH FRENCH CREEK CONSERVATION AREA - TRAIL MAINTENANCE 

Meeting time: 9 am
Meeting place: Parking area off Rt. 8, Venango Township, Erie County  |  VIEW ON MAP
Work involves: Hiking up to 1.1 miles along a level trail, muddy conditions, carrying wooden planks


Fall 2019 Workdays

September 7, 2019

WEST BRANCH FRENCH CREEK CONSERVATION AREA
TREE PLANTING & DEBRIS REMOVAL
This is part of the annual French Creek clean up. Please let us know at least a couple weeks prior if you plan to attend this workday, since we will register as the WPC Land Stewardship Team.

Meeting time: 9 am
Meeting place: 10820 Wildman Road, Wattsburg, Erie Co. |  VIEW ON MAP
Work involves: Straightening/replacing tree tubes, hauling misc. debris, lunch provided, live music


October 12, 2019

SIDLING HILL CREEK CONSERVATION AREA - DEBRIS REMOVAL

Meeting time: 9 am
Meeting place: Silver Mills Road, Mann Township, Fulton Co. |  VIEW ON MAP
Work involves: Negotiating a steep slope, cutting up an old wooden stairway, removing misc. debris


November 9, 2019

SEASON WRAP UP & POTLUCK - LOCATION TBD

Meeting time: 10 am
Meeting place: TBD
Work involves: A brisk hike, light work, sharing food, swapping stories, enjoying each other’s company


To sign up for the email list or for further information, please contact:

Andrew Zadnik
Director of Land Stewardship
azadnik@paconserve.org
412-586-2318

Become a WPC Photographer

Become a WPC Photographer

August 1, 2019 to October 31, 2019

Take Photos or Capture Video as a WPC Photographer

Are you a shutterbug? You can use your hobby as a way to volunteer! Photographers are needed to document newly protected properties, member outings and volunteer events such as garden or tree plantings. Volunteers are asked to use their own camera equipment. To learn more, contact Jaime Matters at jmatters@paconserve.org.

Volunteer at Fallingwater

Volunteer at Fallingwater

August 1, 2019 to December 31, 2019

From assisting visitors, to working at the café, or helping with archiving and clerical projects, there are many volunteer opportunities at Fallingwater. To find out more contact Marie Woof or visit the Volunteer Opportunities page at Fallingwater.org.

For more information:
Marie Woof
724-329-7826
mwoof@paconserve.org
Help with Clerical or Office Work

Help with Clerical or Office Work

August 1, 2019 to December 31, 2019

Assist the Conservancy and learn more about our conservation and membership efforts. We need volunteers to help with recordkeeping and other administrative tasks at our Pittsburgh headquarters.  Located at 800 Waterfront Drive on Washington’s Landing (off 31st Street Bridge across the river from the Strip District), this location is accessible by bus, bike path or car and offers free parking.

For more information:
GENERAL OFFICE SUPPORT
412-288-2777
info@paconserve.org
MEMBERSHIP SERVICES
Kathy Patrignani
412-586-2340
kpatrignani@paconserve.org
Volunteer to Care for a Garden

Volunteer to Care for a Garden

August 1, 2019 to October 1, 2019

Would you like to get outside and help care for a community garden? We are looking for volunteers to help maintain the gardens' gorgeous color by weeding and conducting some additional maintenance tasks. All tools and materials will be provided.

Register by contacting Lynn McGuire-Olzak at 412-586-2324 or email lolzak@paconserve.org.

Member Hike: Bennett Branch Forest

Member Hike: Bennett Branch Forest

August 9, 2019

Join us on a morning hike to learn about the Conservancy’s 1,465-acre Bennett Branch Forest, which has acreage in Elk and Clearfield counties. This member hike will begin at our parking lot and follow a newly improved three-mile trail that winds through a mixed northern hardwood forest dominated by oaks and sugar maples. Learn about the Conservancy’s work to sustainably manage the forest, reduce the impact of past mining activities on Cherry Run, which cuts through the property, and other restoration efforts.

Please note that the first ½ mile of the trail is very steep before leveling off for the remainder of the hike. Sturdy footwear is advised. Light snacks and water will be provided; however, please bring a reusable water bottle, if possible.

Location:
Five Points Rd.
Penfield, PA 15849

To register, contact Nicole Walsh at nwalsh@paconserve.org or 412-586-2322 by August 5. Specific directions to the parking lot will be provided upon registration.

This is a WPC member event. Not a member? Click here to join today!

Fallingwater Soirée

Fallingwater Soirée

September 7, 2019

Event

Spend a magical evening at Frank Lloyd Wright’s masterpiece, Fallingwater, as the sun sets over the Laurel Highlands during the Fallingwater Soirée: An elegant evening of food and music inspired by nature on Saturday, Sept. 7 from 6-9:30 p.m.

At this event, sponsored by Huntington Bank, treat yourself to music from musicians of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and cuisine by James Beard Award-nominated Chef Kevin Sousa of Pittsburgh restaurant Superior Motors. Formerly called Twilight Tour, this event offers the unique experience of exploring the house during twilight through self-guided tours. You'll encounter how changes in light reveal new perspectives of Wright’s architecture and design.

Tickets for the Fallingwater Soirée are sold out. For questions related to this event, call  Visitor Services at 724-329-8501 daily from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Location:
Fallingwater
1491 Mill Run Road
Mill Run, PA 15464