water, land, life
WPC's Monthly Newsletter

Volunteers Needed To Help Complete Green Infrastructure Project in Hill District

We’re planting more than 13,000 perennials this month and we need your help! The Conservancy is expanding its existing community flower garden in Pittsburgh’s Hill District at the corner of Centre and Herron avenues to include a bioswale installed by the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority. The new bioswale will prevent more than 750,000 gallons of water from entering the sewer system each year. We are hosting several volunteer events to plant trees, shrubs and perennials in this new bioswale.

Pre-registration is required for all planting dates. View a full list of Centre and Herron garden planting volunteer dates or learn about our other bioswales.

Happy Hour Garden Planting on April 25

Grab a friend and join us for a fun happy hour garden planting at our newly revamped community garden at Centre and Herron avenues on Wednesday, April 25 from 5-8 p.m. You can help by planting some of the more than 13,000 perennials at the garden, then join us for free appetizers and discounted drinks at The Porch in Oakland. Bring your kids, grandkids, friends and neighbors for a fun evening! Registration is required by April 18 so register today!
Conservancy Welcomes New Director of Fallingwater

Justin Gunther, who served as Fallingwater’s curator of buildings and collections from 2007 to 2011, is the new Fallingwater director and vice president of the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy. Gunther succeeds Lynda Waggoner, who will retire this month after more than 40 years at Fallingwater. Read more about Gunther.
Redbud Seedling Giveaways for Earth Day

Receive free Eastern redbud tree seedlings as part of the Pittsburgh Redbud Project in celebration of Earth Day. The seedlings are available on April 13 and 27 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Construction Junction in Pittsburgh’s East End. The Pittsburgh Redbud Project is funded by Colcom Foundation.
Register for Members’ Day by April 30
You’re invited to the 2018 Members’ Day and Annual Meeting from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 5, at The Barn at Fallingwater. The day’s activities will include guided nature hikes, free tours of Fallingwater, learning opportunities and more. Register online or call 1-866-564-6972 by April 30.
Volunteer Opportunities in April
Give back to your community and the environment by volunteering this month. We need your help planting community gardens and trees, and improving the Conservancy’s properties. View a list of upcoming volunteer activities.

Did you know April 15-21 is National Volunteer Week? Learn more about becoming one of the 12,000 amazing people who volunteer their time each year to the Conservancy!
Pittsburgh Participates in the City Nature Challenge April 27-30
Pittsburgh has joined 75 other cities to compete in the City Nature Challenge from April 27-30. Using the citizen science website, iNaturalist.org, help us log the most observances of species – plants, insects, herptiles, birds and animals! Mark your calendars and help Pittsburgh win!
WaterLandLife.org Has a New Look
Check out the new WaterLandLife.org! We’ve made upgrades to make it easier to find information about our programs, places to hike, volunteer opportunities, events and more. These changes were made with you in mind, so let us know what you think by completing this 10-minute user experience survey.

New Tie Features Southern View of Fallingwater

Add some Fallingwater style to your wardrobe with the brand new Fallingwater tie. Available in blue, red and black, this silk-blend tie is the first design to feature Fallingwater. You can purchase the new Fallingwater tie in the Fallingwater Museum Store online today!

April Desktop Background

Protected by the Conservancy in 1961, the 314-acre wildflower reserve at Raccoon Creek State Park in Beaver County is a prime destination to view spring wildflowers. The reserve is home to more than 700 species of plants. This month’s desktop calendar features toadshade ( Trillium sessile), one of several species of trillium wildflowers. Celebrate spring and download April’s desktop calendar.

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