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WPC's Monthly Newsletter

Fifth-Grade Class Helps Save Playground from Erosion

When students at Joe Walker Elementary School noticed their playground and walking trail were shrinking into a nearby stream within the Chartiers Creek watershed, they decided to take action. Last month, 38 fifth-grade students in the South Franklin Township school wrote letters to multiple groups, including the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, asking for help saving their playground. Their efforts paid off. EQT Foundation awarded WPC $55,000 to restore the streambanks that run alongside the playground. Armed with maps and markers, students helped WPC watershed staff design the future planting of native trees and shrubs, which will occur this fall after the streambank has been re-graded. Read more about the students at Joe Walker Elementary School in the Observer-Reporter.

Register for Redbuds and Brews on June 28
Join us in Pittsburgh’s North Shore Riverfront Park to help care for hundreds of redbud and other native trees planted as part of the Pittsburgh Redbud Project on June 28 at 5 p.m. Volunteers are also invited to a happy hour at a local restaurant. Learn more and register.
Partnership Helps Continue Protecting French Creek

WPC members living in the French Creek watershed recently toured three WPC-owned wetlands in Crawford County. These wetlands act as filters and flood control to French Creek – one of the most biodiverse and ecologically important bodies of water in Pennsylvania. WPC and other groups are partnering to protect land within this watershed. Learn more about French Creek and this important partnership.
Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail to be Rededicated
In the 1960s, the Conservancy helped to acquire land used to establish the 70.5-mile Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail. We’ll join DCNR, PA Parks and Forests Foundation, REI and many other partners this month to rededicate the trail. Read more about the history of the hiking trail on page 8 of a past issue of Conserve Magazine.
Trees Damaged by Beavers Replanted in Pittsburgh
Conservancy staff recently replaced 16 eastern redbud trees that were destroyed by beavers along the North Shore Riverfront Park trail in April. Planted as part of the Pittsburgh Redbud Project, the new trees are protected by galvanized caging and will be monitored by summer interns as they continue to grow this summer.
Help Improve Our Trail at Lower Elk Creek
Join us for a stewardship workday at our Lower Elk Creek Nature Reserve in Lawrence County on Saturday, June 9. We will improve drainage and paint a footbridge along the trail. Register today.
WPC’s Iconic Flowers Baskets Now Hang in Downtown Pittsburgh
As a welcome to summer, our annual summer flower display now hangs throughout downtown Pittsburgh in celebration of the upcoming summer. This year’s flower baskets, funded by Laurel Foundation, feature petunias, verbenas, geraniums and green sweet potato vine. Read more about our downtown Pittsburgh greening projects and enjoy the baskets next time you’re downtown.
Help Stop the Spread of an Aquatic Invasive Species
Water chestnut is an aquatic invasive plant that can dominate ponds, lakes and streams, deplete oxygen levels and kill fish. Join the Water Chestnut Chasers Challenge in July to help us track this species in Pennsylvania. Learn more about how you can get involved.

New Men’s Glass Balloons Socks Available in Time for Father’s Day

Perfect for any Wright fan, the Fallingwater Museum Store has a new series of socks featuring designs inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright’s houses. The comfortable men’s Glass Balloons socks are 80% cotton, 19% nylon and 1% spandex. Purchase them and other new items online today. Orders must be received by Wednesday, June 13, in order to be received in time for Father's Day.

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WPC has a lot to be grateful for thanks to the support of our more than 10,000 members. That’s why we host Members’ Day each May to celebrate you – our amazing members! Last month, nearly 450 people joined us at The Barn at Fallingwater for a day full of activities, including guided hikes, tours of Fallingwater, information sessions with WPC staff and live music. Members’ also enjoyed a plant sale hosted by the Southern Laurel Highlands Plant and Pest Management Partnership, featuring plants native to the Mid-Atlantic like wild columbine ( Aquilegia canadensis) featured in this month’s desktop calendar.

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