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WPC's Monthly Newsletter

Gardening in Pittsburgh is More Accessible, Thanks to Our New ADA-Accessible Flower Garden

Students from The Children’s Institute of Pittsburgh worked side-by-side with community leaders today to plant nearly 100 pansies at the Conservancy’s first ADA-Accessible Flower Garden located in Pittsburgh’s Shadyside neighborhood. Thanks to a grant from the Allegheny Regional Asset District, we expanded and transformed a section of an existing community flower garden at the First United Methodist Church of Pittsburgh to accommodate adults and children who use wheelchairs or have other physical limitations. A first of its kind in Pittsburgh, this new garden features six raised flowerbeds connected by pathways made of crushed limestone rock. The grant also funded specialty tools, including long-reach hoes, trowels and forks, to help make gardening easier for people with disabilities. Learn more about this exciting new garden and how you can get involved.

WPC Scientists Uncover Globally Imperiled Species

WPC scientists were part of a team that discovered the rare and globally imperiled plant species, white alumroot (Heuchera alba), in Shikellamy State Park in Union County. Scientific journal PhytoKeys recently published their study online. You can also watch a video about the exciting discovery on YouTube!
Volunteer to Plant a Community Garden

Join us outdoors this month by volunteering at a WPC community garden planting. Volunteers are needed to help plant our 132 gardens throughout the region. Register online today!
Bulb and Seedling Giveaway at Market Square May 10
Receive free daffodil bulbs and redbud tree seedlings for your own garden during the first Market Square Farmers Market of the season on Thursday, May 10 at 10 a.m. in downtown Pittsburgh. The bulbs and seedlings will be available on a first-come, first-served basis as long as supplies last.
Help Improve Our Trail at Lake Pleasant
Join us for a stewardship workday at our Lake Pleasant Conservation Area in Erie County on Saturday, May 12. We will improve drainage along the trail and celebrate with a paddle on the lake! Register today.
Virtual Reality Design Residency Offered at Fallingwater
The Fallingwater Institute is offering a brand new educational residency for tech professionals who design virtual or augmented reality experiences. Two sessions are available in August at Fallingwater’s High Meadow facility. Learn more and register today.

New Door Mat Features Wright’s Coonley Playhouse

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Avery Coonley House, located in Riverside, Ill., is known for its playhouse with unique art glass windows that feature artistic renderings of balloons, flags and confetti. Now you can purchase a unique doormat featuring the Coonley Playhouse design, as part of a series of Wright-doormats. Made of brown coir fiber and a black rubber base, this doormat is durable and practical for any home. You can purchase the Coonley Playhouse Door Mat in the Fallingwater Museum Store online today.

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Meet the Atlantis fritillary, a large black and orange butterfly species that thrives in the northern half of Pennsylvania. WPC’s Pennsylvania Natural Heritage Program tracks this butterfly species due to its restricted range and vulnerability to population declines. Its caterpillars will mature later this month and early June. This species was documented during a survey in Sinnemahoning State Park. The Conservancy has also completed extensive watershed conservation work in the surrounding watershed, including waters surveys, culvert assessments and riparian tree plantings. Read more about this butterfly species in our May desktop calendar, available to download here.

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