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 our volunteer services associate, Kaylee, at 412-586-2356 or, and she’ll be happy to answer questions and help put your time and talent to good use. Thank you!

Volunteer to Plant Trees

Volunteer to Plant Trees

March 24, 2018 to April 28, 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.

MARCH 2018

March 24, 2018
9:00 a.m. - Manchester - Meeting location: TBD
9:00 a.m. - Swissvale - Meeting location: Nevada St and McClure Ave, Swissvale, PA 15218

March 31, 2018
9:00 a.m. - Grandview Park - Pittsburgh Redbud Project - Meeting location: Bailey Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15211
9:00 a.m. - Whitaker - Whitaker Field - Meeting location: Connection Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15120

APRIL 2018

April 7, 2018
9:00 a.m. - Allentown - Meeting location: East Warrington Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15210
9:00 a.m. - Point of View Park - Pittsburgh Redbud Project - Meeting location: 1435 Grandview Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15211
9:00 a.m. - Troy Hill - Provident Charter School - Meeting location: 1400 Troy Hill Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15212

April 21, 2018
9:00 a.m. - Garfield - Meeting location: TBD
9:00 a.m. - Lawrenceville - Meeting location: Duncan Parklet Pittsburgh, PA 15201

April 28, 2018
9:00 a.m. - Johnstown - Meeting location: West End Park (on the “S-curves” off Route 56), Johnstown, PA 15906

Volunteer for Land Stewardship

Volunteer for Land Stewardship

March 24, 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

March 24, 2018

TRAIL MAINTENANCE - Bear Run Nature Reserve, Fayette County
We’ll spend the day removing downed trees and otherwise cleaning up the trails and campsites.

April 21, 2018

TREE PLANTING - Plain Grove Fens Natural Area, Lawrence County
After reviewing planting techniques, we’ll plant about 300 native tree and shrub seedlings at two sites, totaling about 1.3 acre.

May 12, 2018

TRAIL REPAIR - Lake Pleasant Conservation Area, Erie County
We’ll install drainage improvements along the trail leading to the lake. If there’s time, we might grab some canoes and go for a paddle.

June 9, 2018

TRAIL REPAIR - Lower Elk Creek Nature Reserve, Erie County
We’ll install drainage improvements and paint the footbridge along the trail.

July 28, 2018

INVASIVE PLANT CONTROL & TRAIL MAINTENANCE - Wolf Creek Narrows Natural Area, Butler County
We’ll cut back purple loosestrife and other invasives, and complete miscellaneous trail repairs.

August 18, 2018

TRAIL CONSTRUCTION - Casselman Conservation Area, Somerset County (tenative)

September 8, 2018

TIRE & DEBRIS CLEAN UP - Conneaut Marsh Natural Area, Cussewago Bottom Conservation Area and Mystic Valley Conservation Area, Crawford County
Removal of old tires and debris as 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 (2017 Winners!).

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

Location TBD

In addition to the Saturdays 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

Community Garden Stewards Needed

Community Garden Stewards Needed

April 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 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

April 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 to get started today!
Help Plant a Community Flower Garden

Help Plant a Community Flower Garden

May 3, 2018 to June 2, 2018

Volunteer Opportunity

Volunteer to plant a community garden in the spring. 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. 

MAY 3 - 12, 2018

May 3, 2018

10:00 a.m.: Wenzell Ave. & Broadway Ave., Beechview, Pittsburgh

May 4, 2018

9:00 a.m.: 2801 N. Charles St. - The Pittsburgh Project, Perry Hilltop, Pittsburgh
9:00 a.m.: Mansfield Blvd. & Campbells Run Rd., Carnegie Borough, Allegheny County
11:00 a.m.: Lydia St. & Chestnut St., Carnegie Borough, Allegheny County

May 5, 2018

9:00 a.m.: Frankstown Ave. & Bennett St., Homewood, Pittsburgh
9:00 a.m.: Hazelwood Ave., Beechwood Blvd. & Saline St., Squirrel Hill, Pittsburgh
9:00 a.m.: South Braddock Ave. @ Parkway East - Swissvale

May 7, 2018

9:00 a.m.: Penn Ave. & Friendship Ave., Bloomfield, Pittsburgh

May 8, 2018

9:00 a.m.: Forbes Ave. @ Carnegie Museum, Oakland, Pittsburgh
9:00 a.m.: Rt. 50 & Hope Hollow Rd., Scott Township
12:00 p.m.: Blvd. of the Allies at Parkview Ave., Oakland, Pittsburgh

May 10, 2018

9:00 a.m.: Highland Park Bridge at Butler St., Highland Park, Pittsburgh

May 11, 2018

8:00 a.m.: 2000 Centre Ave., Pittsburgh Police Department Zone 2, Hill District, Pittsburgh
9:00 a.m.: Parkway West – Carnegie/Heidelberg Interchange, Carnegie
10:00 a.m.: Birmingham Bridge & E. Carson St., South Side, Pittsburgh
12:30 p.m.: Parkway West – Green Tree Interchange, Green Tree

May 12, 2018

7:00 a.m.: 11th St. & Pennsylvania Ave., Tyrone, Blair County
7:00 a.m.: 15th St. & Lincoln Ave., Tyrone, Blair County
9:00 a.m.: Cedar Ave. & North Canal St., East Allegheny/Allegheny Commons, Pittsburgh
9:00 a.m.: Chestnut St. & E. Ohio St., East Allegheny, Pittsburgh
9:00 a.m.: Forward Ave. @ Parkway East in-bound on-ramp, Squirrel Hill, Pittsburgh
9:00 a.m.: Greenfield Ave. & Irvine St., Greenfield, Pittsburgh
9:00 a.m.: Morrowfield Ave., Tilbury St. & Beechwood Blvd., Squirrel Hill, Pittsburgh
9:00 a.m.: Wabash St. & Neptune St., West End, Pittsburgh

MAY 13 - 19, 2018

May 15, 2018

9:00 a.m.: Dormont Ave. & Banksville Rd., Dormont, Allegheny County

May 16, 2018

12:30 am: Rt. 19 & East Butler St., Mercer, Mercer County
12:30 pm: Rt. 19 & West North St., Mercer, Mercer County

May 17, 2018

9:00 a.m.: Liberty Tunnels at Rt. 51, Pittsburgh
1:00 p.m.: Rt. 51 & Thorn Run Rd., Moon Township, Allegheny County

May 18, 2018

12:00 p.m.: Brighton Rd. & North Charles St., California-Kirkbride, Pittsburgh
1:00 p.m.: McIntyre Rd. & McKnight Rd., Ross Township, Allegheny County

May 19, 2018

9:00 a.m.: 13th St. & Otter St., Franklin, Venango County
9:00 a.m.: Brownsville Rd. & Maple Spring Rd., South Park, Allegheny County
9:00 a.m.: Rt. 22 & Allegheny St., Hollidaysburg, Blair County
9:00 a.m.: Rt. 22 & Juniata St., Hollidaysburg, Blair County
9:00 a.m.: Rt. 322 Triangle DeArment Park, Meadville, Crawford County
9:00 a.m.: Rt. 8 & Kittanning St., Etna
9:00 a.m.: Rt. 8 & Rt. 422, Butler
9:00 a.m.: Rt. 837 & Maple Ave., Clairton
9:00 a.m.: South 18th St. – Riverfront Park Circle, South Side, Pittsburgh
9:00 a.m.: South Aiken Ave. & Centre Ave., Shadyside, Pittsburgh
9:00 a.m.: South Braddock Ave. @ Parkway East - Edgewood

MAY 20 - 26, 2018

May 23, 2018

9:00 a.m.: Liberty Ave. & Commonwealth Place – The Point, Downtown Pittsburgh
9:00 a.m.: Rt. 119 & Pittsburgh St., Connellsville, Fayette County
1:30 p.m.: South Dallas Ave. & Wilkins Ave., Squirrel Hill, Pittsburgh

May 25, 2018

9:00 a.m.: Gateway Center - Faith's Garden, Downtown Pittsburgh
9:00 a.m.: Center St. & Locust St. - Ghost Town Trail, Ebensburg, Cambria County

May 26, 2018

8:00 a.m.: Rt. 68 & Hansen Ave., Butler, Butler County
9:00 a.m.: 7th St. & Forster St., Harrisburg, Dauphin County

MAY 27 - JUNE 2, 2018

May 30, 2018

9:00 a.m.: Rt. 286 & Indian Springs Rd., Indiana, Indiana County
9:00 a.m.: Rt. 403 @ Stonycreek River, Benson, Somerset County

June 2, 2018

9:00 a.m.: Chestnut St. & 8th St., Altoona, Blair County
9:00 am: RT 6 & RT 285, Conneaut Lake, Crawford County