water, land, life
WPC's Monthly eNewsletter

Visit Fallingwater and other World Heritage sites

Eight Frank Lloyd Wright-designed sites, including Fallingwater, are now inscribed on the World Heritage List, sharing this honor with other places like the Great Wall of China and the Taj Mahal. Achieving this feat has been a 20-year process of hard work and dedication by Fallingwater staff and many others. You too can be part of World Heritage legacy by visiting or by sharing your Fallingwater story on Facebook! For an even broader World Heritage experience, consider becoming a WPC member or a Friend of Fallingwater: membership levels at $125 or higher include free or reduced admission to other Wright-designed sites, including the Guggenheim Museum in New York City and three other newly inscribed World Heritage Sites. 

Help us make the most of a special place in Allegheny County
WPC’s Toms Run Nature Reserve near Emsworth is a great place to hike, enjoy the woods and hear the sounds of songbirds. Since 2014, the Conservancy has been working to enhance this 369-acre hidden gem located just 10 miles from the city. Join us on Saturday, August 10 at 9 a.m. to walk the property, hear about the improvements we’ve made in recent years and learn how you can help us complete the planned enhancements to this oasis near the city. Register today!
Volunteers needed for WPC Erie County property
Our West Branch French Creek Conservation Area in Erie County is home to a fen ecosystem, which is rare in Pennsylvania, and contains many rare plant species. Our stewardship team could use your help keeping the conservation area’s hiking trail, which loops through wetlands and past beaver ponds, in great shape by replacing sections of our rustic boardwalk and performing routine trail maintenance. Register today to volunteer on August 24.
Garden sponsors needed to keep our region blooming

Do our colorful community gardens spark joy during your morning commute? All that color is possible because generous groups sponsor our gardens. Your organization or company can bring cheer to the masses, too. We need sponsors for gardens at Liberty Tunnel Gateway and Taylor Allderdice High School in Pittsburgh, Route 22 & Juniata Street in Hollidaysburg and Slippery Rock Memorial Park in Slippery Rock. Contact Brian Charles at bcharles@paconserve.org or 412-586-2394, or visit our website to learn more about garden sponsorships!
Apply now for spring tree plantings with TreeVitalize

Did you know that planting a shade tree can increase business? Or that planting a tree within 50 feet of a house increases property value by nine percent? TreeVitalize Pittsburgh, of which WPC is managing partner, is accepting applications for spring 2020 tree plantings. Apply by 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13.
Mahoning Creek surveys turn up a healthy quantity of mussels
Freshwater mussels play an important role in our aquatic ecosystem, providing food for wildlife and naturally purifying streams and rivers. But due to dams, pollution and invasive species, they’re imperiled. Of Pennsylvania’s 67 freshwater mussel species, 10 are endangered and another 13 haven't been observed for decades. Conservancy watershed staff recently conducted a survey of Mahoning Creek and turned up 10 species of mussels! Learn more about freshwater mussels and our survey work.

Introducing Ffenestr!

London-based weave designer Eleanor Pritchard created the Ffenestr design exclusively for Fallingwater. She derived inspiration from the architectural elements of the house, specifically the “Cherokee red” painted steel cornerless stack of casement windows. The must-have blanket , 63” x 82”, is available for purchase for $425 solely through our Museum Store. The matching pillow is 24” x 16” and is available for purchase for $185. Bring this lovely, exclusive design into your home today! 

August Desktop Background

The Kaufmann family used the living room of Fallingwater as a central area for relaxation, entertainment and reflection. By using steel, glass, stone and wood in his design, Frank Lloyd Wright provided a powerful interaction between interior and exterior that promotes an authoritative interplay between the comforts of home and the natural world. Edgar Kaufmann jr. once noted about the living room, “Attention is directed toward the outside by low ceilings; no lordly hall sets the tone, but, instead the luminous textures of the woodlands, rhythmically enframed.” Download this peaceful view of Fallingwater’s living room and imagine yourself sitting at this Wright-designed desk.

Learn More and Get Involved

Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, 800 Waterfront Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15222, Phone: 412-288-2777, Email: info@paconserve.org

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