Events & Volunteer Opportunities

Trailblazing at Toms Run

Trailblazing at Toms Run

September 21, 2019

Event

Do you love hiking or taking a peaceful walk in the woods?  The Conservancy is excited to host volunteers to help build the trail that so many will enjoy! Join us at WPC's Toms Run Nature Reserve on September 21 to blaze the trail followed by a fun picnic. The Conservancy will provide food, drinks and lawn games – just bring yourself, a water bottle and some work boots.

Registration for this FREE event is required by September 12.

Since 2014 and with the help of countless volunteers, the Conservancy has been working to make the most of this 369-acre hidden gem just 15 miles northwest of Pittsburgh.  We have removed tons of trash and abandoned houses, added a new parking area and created a 500-foot universal access path leading into the reserve.  We need your help to begin building a 2.6-mile hiking trail that loops through the reserve.

Directions:

From Pittsburgh: Take PA-65 N 10 miles to Toms Run Road (before the intersection with I-79). Turn right onto Toms Run Road and continue straight for 1.1 miles to the parking lot on your left.
From I-79: Take I-79 to PA-65 S/Ohio River Boulevard. Make the first left onto Toms Run Road and travel 1.1 miles to the parking lot on your left.

To register by phone/email contact Dan Cody at 412-586-2410 or dcody@paconserve.org.

ADA-accessible Garden Ribbon Cutting

ADA-accessible Garden Ribbon Cutting

September 24, 2019

Event

Join the Conservancy and The Children’s Institute of Pittsburgh Tuesday, Sept. 24 from 10-11:15 a.m. in Homewood at the intersection of Frankstown Avenue and Bennett Street to commemorate the city’s second ADA-accessible community flower garden. A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be followed by students from The Children’s Institute planting flowers.

Financially supported by the Regional Asset District, the City of Pittsburgh and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, the new garden is an expansion of the existing RAD-funded community garden located at the site. Featuring five raised flower beds and wheelchair-accessible pathways,  the garden is specifically designed for people with physical challenges and disabilities.

Free street parking will be available along Bennett Street. No registration is required and all are welcome for this rain-or-shine celebration.

Volunteer at a Community Garden

Volunteer at a Community Garden

October 1, 2019 to October 31, 2019

Volunteer Opportunity

Volunteers are needed to put gardens to bed

Even flowers need to rest, and now that fall is almost here, it’s time to put our gardens to bed. We planted 2.26 acres of flowers around the region last spring, and we’ll need lots of volunteers to help us remove annuals and debris. The following community gardens are in need of volunteers. Dates and times are to be determined.

Beltzhoover - Liberty Tunnel & Route 51
Hill District - Centre Avenue and Herron Avenue
Dormont - Dormont Avenue and Banksville Road
Edgewood - South Braddock Avenue
Ross Township - McIntyre Road and McKnight Road

If you or your group would like to volunteer, contact Lynn McGuire-Olzak at (412) 586-2324 or LMcGuire-Olzak@paconserve.org.

2019 Natural Areas Conference

2019 Natural Areas Conference

October 8, 2019 to October 10, 2019

Event

We are pleased to co-host the 2019 Natural Areas Conference, At the Water's Edge - Managing our Land and Water in a Changing Landscape, in Pittsburgh Oct. 8-10. Workshops will address everything from pollinators to urban green infrastructure to wetlands conservation and more.

Volunteer for Land Stewardship

Volunteer for Land Stewardship

October 12, 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.

Fall 2019 Workdays

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 - WPC OFFICE & TOMS RUN NATURE RESERVE

Meeting time: 9 am
Meeting place: WPC Office, 800 Waterfront Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15222 | VIEW ON MAP
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

Uber Road Farm Tour and Potluck Dinner

Uber Road Farm Tour and Potluck Dinner

October 14, 2019

Event

Are you a farmer interested in leasing farmland? Join the Conservancy, PA Association for Sustainable Agriculture and National Young Farmers Coalition for a tour of the Conservancy’s Uber Road Farm in Mercer County.

Attendees will learn more about leasing the Uber Road Farm or one of the houses on the property, while meeting other local farmers and WPC staff. Also, we’ll provide additional information about our Farmland Access Program, which helps farmers establish operations to support our local food market.

Bring your favorite dish and enjoy a fun potluck dinner after the tour!

Date: Mon., Oct. 14, 2019

Location: Uber Road Farm, 218 Uber Rd., Findley Township, Pa. 16137 (Mercer County)

Time: 5-8 p.m.

  • Registration & Check-in: 4:30- 5 p.m.
  • Welcome & Introductions: 5-5:15 p.m.
  • Farm Tour: 5:15-6:15 p.m.
  • Potluck Dinner: 6:15-7:45 p.m.

Contact Dan Dalton at dan@pasafarming.org or 814.349.9856 (x710) for more details and to register for this event by Oct. 11.

Rooted: A Farm-to-Table Affair

Rooted: A Farm-to-Table Affair

October 23, 2019

Event

Join the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy’s Emerging Leaders Advisory Committee and James Beard Foundation semi-finalist chef, Kate Romane of black radish kitchen, for an entertaining evening celebrating fresh-harvested, local cuisine. Spend the evening enjoying live music, specialty cocktails, and a three-course meal prepared on site in black radish kitchen’s chic urban warehouse space in Point Breeze North. Bring your friends for a night that’s sure to be remembered.

Date: Wednesday, October 23 | 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Location: black radish kitchen | Point Breeze North

Presented by Hefren-Tillotson

For more information visit BlackRadishKitchen.com

Become Community Garden Steward

Become Community Garden Steward

November 1, 2019 to December 31, 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 Photographer

Become a WPC Photographer

November 1, 2019 to December 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

November 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

November 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