Events & Volunteer Opportunities

Garden Grooming at Library Park

Garden Grooming at Library Park

September 23, 2018

Event, Volunteer Opportunity

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Andrew Carnegie Free Library & Music Hall
300 Beechwood Avenue, Carnegie, Pa., 15106

The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy is partnering with the Carnegie Free Library & Music Hall in the Borough of Carnegie to improve the grounds around the library, known as Library Park. Volunteers will gather to conduct light maintenance activities, including weeding and mulching, at the gardens established last year during RADical Days. This event is one of several free activities the library is hosting on September 23 in celebration of RADical Days. Volunteers will also enjoy special tours of the library’s Civil War room, musical performances, kid-friendly activities and more.

To volunteer, please register in advance by calling 412-586-2324.

Help Pull Out a Community Flower Garden

Help Pull Out a Community Flower Garden

September 25, 2018 to October 20, 2018

Volunteer Opportunity

Volunteer to pull out a community garden in the fall. With 130 community gardens in the region, there’s sure to be one near you.  It’s a great way to give back to your community and it’s a fun team-building activity. So, sign up for you and your group to spend a morning or afternoon getting your hands dirty.

September 2018

September 25, 2018
9 a.m. - Dormont Ave. & Banksville Blvd., Pittsburgh, PA 15216

September 28, 2018
9:30 a.m. - McIntyre Rd. & McKnight Rd., Ross Township, PA 15237

September 29, 2018
8:30 a.m. - Route 8 (North Main St.) & Route 422, Butler, PA 16001 (Across from Rachel's Roadhouse)

9 a.m. - Castle Shannon Blvd. & Mount Lebanon Blvd., Castle Shannon, Pittsburgh, PA 15234 (Next to the Castle Shannon T Station)

9 a.m. - Forbes Ave. at Carnegie Museum, Oakland, 4400 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213

9 a.m. - Hazelwood Ave., Beechwood Blvd. & Saline St., Squirrel Hill, Pittsburgh, PA 15217

9 a.m. - South 18th St. at Riverfront Circle Park, South Side Flats, Pittsburgh, PA 15203

 

October 2018

October 5, 2018
9 a.m. - 12th St. &  East Carson St. - South Side Flats, Pittsburgh, PA 15203

9 a.m. - Mansfield Ave. & Campbells Run Rd. - Carnegie, PA 15106

10:30 a.m. - Lydia St. & Chestnut St. - Carnegie, PA 15106

11:30 a.m. - Parkway West at the Scott/Carnegie Interchange - Carnegie, PA 15106

1 p.m. - Greeley Ave. & Josephine Ave. - South Side Slopes, Pittsburgh, PA 15203

October 6, 2018
9 a.m. - Chestnut Ave. & 8th St. - Altoona, PA 16601

9 a.m. - Chestnut St. & East Ohio St. - East Allegheny, Pittsburgh, PA 15212

9 a.m. - Frankstown Ave. & Bennett St. - Homewood, Pittsburgh, PA 15221

9 a.m. - Greenfield Ave. & Irvine St. - Greenfield, Pittsburgh, PA 15207

9 a.m. - Merrimac Ave. & Grandview Ave. - Mount Washington, Pittsburgh, PA 15211

9:30 a.m. - South Dallas Ave. & Wilkins Ave. - Squirrel Hill, Pittsburgh, PA 15217

Noon - South Aiken Ave. & Centre Ave. - Shadyside, Pittsburgh, PA 15224

12:30 p.m. - Ohio St. & Grant St. - Millvale, Pittsburgh, PA 15209

October 10, 2018
9 a.m. - Brighton Rd. & North Charles St. - California -Kirkbride,  Pittsburgh, PA 15212

9 a.m. - Brighton Rd. & North Ave. - Allegheny West, Pittsburgh, PA 15212

9 a.m. - Columbus Ave. & Fulton St. - Manchester, Pittsburgh, PA 15233

9 a.m. - Marshall Ave. & California Ave. - Marshall-Shadeland, Pittsburgh, PA 15212

9 a.m. - Perrysville Ave. & Federal St. - Perry South, Pittsburgh, PA 15214

9 a.m - Spring Garden Ave. & Vinial St. - Spring Garden, Pittsburgh, PA 15212

October 11, 2018
9 a.m. - Liberty Ave. & Commonwealth Pl. at Point State Park - Downtown, Pittsburgh, PA 15222

9:30 a.m. - Highland Park Bridge at Butler St. - Highland Park, Pittsburgh, PA  15215

11:30 a.m. - Allegheny River Blvd. & Washington Blvd. - Highland Park, Pittsburgh, PA 15215

Plant Flowers and Trees at<br>WPC’s ADA-Accessible Flower Garden

Plant Flowers and Trees at
WPC’s ADA-Accessible Flower Garden

September 25, 2018

Event, Volunteer Opportunity

10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
WPC’s ADA-Accessible Flower Garden in Shadyside

Join the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy and gardeners from The Children’s Institute of Pittsburgh to help transition the ADA-accessible raised flower beds from summer blooms to fall mums, and also plant trees and shrubs. The Accessible Flower Garden is located at the First United Methodist Church at Aiken and Centre avenues in Pittsburgh’s Shadyside neighborhood.

Space is limited, so please register in advance by calling 412-586-2324.
Volunteers 18 years of age or younger must be accompanied by an adult.

Garden Care Events

Garden Care Events

September 26, 2018 to October 21, 2018

Event, Volunteer Opportunity

Would you like to get outside and help care for a community garden? Now that our community gardens have been planted, we need volunteers to help us keep the gardens thriving. We are looking for groups to spend some time weeding the garden beds this summer. A volunteer weeding event will take a few hours. Once we have enough interested volunteers, we will schedule a weeding event at a time that is convenient for your group.

Register online or contact Lynn McGuire-Olzak at 412-586-2324 or lolzak@paconserve.org to learn how to get started. The gardens below need volunteers to care for them this summer:

Community Garden Stewards Needed

Community Garden Stewards Needed

October 1, 2018 to October 31, 2018

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, prune 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 2018:

Become a WPC Ambassador

Become a WPC Ambassador

October 1, 2018 to October 31, 2018

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

October 1, 2018 to November 10, 2018

Volunteer Opportunity

Do you enjoy hiking and getting outdoors?  Become a Land Stewardship Volunteer! WPC owns and cares for more than 12,000 acres of land free and open to the public for outdoor recreation.  Land Stewardship volunteers help keep these natural areas clean and safe. You can choose from a variety of locations to volunteer from March through November.  It’s fun, hard work, and you’ll learn a lot, too! For example, you’ll learn from WPC staff about invasive plants that crowd out native species, and how to remove them. You may also work with staff to build and maintain hiking trails. Can we count on you to help protect these special places? Check out the schedule and pre-register today!

Land Stewardship Opportunities

October 27, 2018

CONIFER PLANTATION MANAGEMENT - Bear Run Nature Reserve, Fayette County
Over the next few years, we’ll be restoring areas of native forest within the planted pine and spruce plantations.  Come learn about this unique pilot project, and help with tasks like tree girdling.

November 10, 2018

WRAP-UP POTLUCK
Location TBD

In addition to the dates listed above, occasional weekday projects will be scheduled.  Workdays are typically held rain or shine.  If a workday is cancelled, a message will immediately be sent to the volunteer land steward email list (the website may not be updated for a day or so).  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

Everyone Should Garden Workshop

Everyone Should Garden Workshop

October 3, 2018

Event

6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh – Homewood Branch, Room 1

Join the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy for an in-depth look at its 30-year effort to beautify the county’s communities with colorful blooms through its many community flower gardens. Learn about the many benefits of gardening and how all community residents can participate. You’ll gain insights on how to help make your community more attractive and vibrant with flower gardens and other greening approaches. Using successful WPC models, the discussion will provide useful information on all aspects of garden design and development, implementation and maintenance.

Space is limited, so please register in advance by calling 412-586-2324.

A Walk in Penn’s Woods Hikes

A Walk in Penn’s Woods Hikes

October 7, 2018

Event

Mark your calendar for Sunday, Oct. 7 to celebrate a Walk in Penn's Woods, a day on which Pennsylvanians can join dozens of guided hikes to celebrate Penn’s Woods!

1 to 3 p.m.
Wolf Creek Narrows Natural Area

This guided hike will include a 1.5-mile loop through loose soil, exposed roots with nearby streams and wetlands. This is a moderate Walk. Pets on leashes are allowed. This is not a wheelchair or stroller-friendly walk. Email azadnik@paconserve.org for hike details.

2 to 4 p.m.
Helen B. Katz Natural Area

This hike will explore the Helen B. Katz Natural Area, featuring mature floodplain forest along the meandering Cussewago Creek. Portions of the hike will be off-trail. Tall hiking boots or knee boots are recommended. Email tjohnston@paconserve.org for hike details.

Land Access Innovations Training:<br>Affordable Farmland Protection Strategies

Land Access Innovations Training:
Affordable Farmland Protection Strategies

October 10, 2018

Event

Land Access Innovations Training: Affordable Farmland Protection Strategies

Land trust professionals, farmland preservation boards and other conservation professionals are invited to a one-day training session at the Mattress Factory on Wednesday, Oct. 10 from 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. The full-day training, provided by the National Young Farmers Coalition, will discuss the use of enhanced agricultural easements and shared-equity land ownership in Pennsylvania. A $25 registration fee is required by Friday, Sept. 28. To view full training details and to purchase tickets, please visit the NYFC’s event page.

The Conservancy is pleased to serve on the planning committee for this event.

Volunteer to Plant Trees

Volunteer to Plant Trees

October 20, 2018 to November 17, 2018

Volunteer Opportunity

Help plant trees along streets, trails, in parks and restoration areas throughout the region. Every spring and fall volunteers plant hundreds of trees around Western Pennsylvania. When you help plant trees, you help create a green and healthy region. You’ll also learn about different types of trees and tree care. Check out the planting schedule and pre-register today.

Tree Planting Opportunities

October 20, 2018
Pittsburgh Redbud Project Event

9:00 a.m. - North Shore - Carnegie Science Center (1 Allegheny Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15212)

10:00 a.m. - Manchester - Meeting location: 1800 Chateau Street (vacant lot on the corner of Chateau St and Columbus Ave) Pittsburgh, PA 15233

October 23, 2018
Pittsburgh Redbud Project Event
9:00 a.m. - North Shore - PNC Park Riverfront (1 Federal Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15212)

October 27, 2018
9:00 a.m. - Harrison Township - Highlands High School (1500 Pacific Ave, Natrona Heights, PA 15065)

November 3, 2018
Pittsburgh Redbud Project Event
9:00 a.m. - Downtown Pittsburgh - Gateway Islands (Liberty Ave & Commonwealth Pl, Pittsburgh PA 15222)

9:00 a.m. - Johnstown - Alternative Community Resource Program Play Center (917 Chestnut Street, Johnstown, PA 15906)

November 10, 2018
9:00 a.m. - Lawrenceville - Leslie Park (201 46th St, Pittsburgh, PA 15201)

November 10, 2018
9:00 a.m. - Park Place - The Factory (7501 Penn Ave Pittsburgh, PA 15208)

9:00 a.m. - Squirrel Hill - Northumberland St, Pittsburgh, PA 15217

9:00 a.m. - Clairton - Clairton Resident Park (Huffman Drive, Clairton, PA 15025)