Current Volunteer Opportunities

If you find yourself with some extra time on your hands, why not consider committing a few hours to improving our region and putting in a little sweat equity? Who knows, you may even learn an entirely new set of skills to polish up your resume or meet new friends! Contact Lynn McGuire-Olzak at 412-586-2324 or, and she’ll be happy to answer questions and help put your time and talent to good use. Thank you!

Help Care for Nature: Volunteer for Land Stewardship

Help Care for Nature: Volunteer for Land Stewardship

July 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  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,

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







Become A Community Garden Steward

Become A Community Garden Steward

July 6, 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 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: