Events & Volunteer Opportunities

Become a WPC Photographer

Become a WPC Photographer

January 31, 2021 to December 31, 2021

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 us at info@paconserve.org.

Help Care for Nature: Volunteer for Land Stewardship

Help Care for Nature: Volunteer for Land Stewardship

June 1, 2021 to November 14, 2021

Volunteer Opportunity

Volunteers are needed to keep natural areas clean and safe

Do you enjoy hiking and getting outdoors?  Become a land stewardship volunteer and help keep these natural areas clean and safe! WPC owns and cares for more than 12,000 acres of land free and open to the public for outdoor recreation. Choose from a variety of locations to volunteer from March through November, from the north in Erie County to as far south as Fayette County. It’s fun, hard work, and you’ll learn a lot, too!

Subject to COVID-19 safety precautions. Accordingly, events could be canceled or modified, in which case a message will be sent immediately to the land steward email list.

For additional information and to register, please contact Andrew Zadnik, director of land stewardship at azadnik@paconserve.org  or 412-977-9681 (cell). 

2021 Land Stewardship Dates and Locations

Unless otherwise noted: For Saturday sessions, volunteers and staff meet at 9 a.m. at the property and work until 2 p.m., rain or shine. For weekday sessions, meet at 10 a.m. Counties are in parentheses.

Thurs., April 8: Bear Run Nature Reserve (Fayette) – place Black Loop trail markers

Sat., April 17: Helen B. Katz Natural Area (Crawford) – inspect/service tree tubes, stain table under pavilion

Thurs., April 26: Blakeslee Memorial Recreation Area (Elk) – general clean-up, trim around parking area and memorial

Wed., May 5: Wolf Creek Narrows Natural Area (Butler) – garlic mustard removal, clean and paint wooden kiosk

Sat., May 8: Lutzville Cliffs Natural Area (Bedford) – invasive plant removal

Wed., May 12: LeBeouf Wetlands Conservation Area and Lake Pleasant Conservation Area (Erie) – clean up dump site (LeBeouf), clean and paint wooden kiosk, replace bat house along trail (Lake Pleasant)

Sat., June 5: Fringed Gentian Fen Natural Area and Plain Grove Fens Natural Area (Lawrence) – invasive plant removal, woody vegetation control, tree-planting maintenance

Thurs., June 24: Bear Run Nature Reserve (Fayette) – invasive plant removal

Sat., July 24: Wolf Creek Narrows Natural Area (Butler) – trail maintenance, invasive plant control

Sat., August 21: Bennett Branch Forest (Elk) – boundary marking, trail maintenance

Sat., September 11: French Creek Watershed Clean-up – site TBD

Sat., October 16: Conneaut Marsh Natural Area (Crawford) – removal of an old bridge, tree-planting maintenance,
boundary-marking

Sat., November 13: Beechwood Farms Nature Reserve (Allegheny) – invasive shrub removal, potluck afterwards at WPC
office

 

 

 

 

 

 

Become A Community Garden Steward

Become A Community Garden Steward

June 8, 2021 to November 30, 2021

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 lmcguire-olzak@paconserve.org to register to volunteer and learn how to get started as a steward. 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. The gardens below need stewards to care for them in the 2021 season:

July 13 Webinar:<br>Green Isn’t Always Good

July 13 Webinar:
Green Isn’t Always Good

June 9, 2021 to July 14, 2021

 

Webinar Date and Time: July 13, 2021, 12-1 p.m. EDT

Invasive plant species such as purple loosestrife, callery pear, English ivy and bush honeysuckle have become more common across Western Pennsylvania’s landscape in our gardens and woodlands.

Join WPC staff as they discuss the issues surrounding invasive plants in our natural world and ways WPC’s science and professional staff work to control and track them. They’ll also share and suggest beautiful and beneficial native plants that can be used by gardeners as alternatives to some of the region’s most common invaders.

 

 

The Barn at Fallingwater: Wedding, Meeting and Event Venue

The Barn at Fallingwater: Wedding, Meeting and Event Venue

June 10, 2021 to December 31, 2021

Create an unforgettable wedding ceremony and reception in the unique and distinctive settings of The Barn at Fallingwater in Fayette County. This converted historic Pennsylvania dairy barn is located just 500 yards north of Fallingwater's main entrance along PA Route 381 in Mill Run, Pa. at the trailhead of WPC’s Bear Run Nature Reserve. Some wedding packages include photos at Fallingwater. Reserve The Barn today for your wedding!

Or are you looking for a location to host your next conference, meeting or special event? Consider The Barn, which has unique and beautiful multi-functional spaces to accommodate large groups of up to 100 with audiovisual and dimmable lighting capabilities. Event rental space can also include the adjacent flagstone courtyard for outdoor functions. Reserve The Barn today for your next meeting or special event!

For more information and details, contact Amy Gartley, special events coordinator, at 724-329-7802 or fallingwaterevents@paconserve.org.

Buy Tickets to Experience Fallingwater

Buy Tickets to Experience Fallingwater

June 10, 2021 to December 31, 2021

 

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater, which was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2019, is open for the 58th tour season. Located about 90 minutes from downtown Pittsburgh, Fallingwater opened to the public for its first house tour in 1964 and has welcomed a diverse range of visitors from around the world.

Fallingwater, designed by Wright in 1935, is open to the public as a house museum and is also designated as a National Historic Landmark and Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Treasure.

Fallingwater will offer exterior and interior tour experiences, guided and self-guided, to visitors along with other tour options from March 6 through the end of 2021. Advance ticket purchase is strongly encouraged to schedule tours. Visit Fallingwater.org or call Fallingwater Visitor Services at 724-329-8501 for more information or to purchase tickets.