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WPC's Monthly eNewsletter

Happy New Year and Thank You for Your Support

Because of you – our members, donors and volunteers – we continued to beautify and protect our region in 2019. Please enjoy this video as a thank-you from all of us at the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy. We wish you a wonderful, safe and happy 2020!

Enjoy Bird Watching on Our Properties

Birders appreciate our feathered friends for their grace, beauty and songs – no matter the season. Bird watching increases our awareness about wildlife habitat and environmental health. Plus, birdwatching gets us outdoors! This article in the winter 2016 issue of Conserve outlines some WPC properties that offer excellent birding opportunities.
Students Can Apply Now for Summer Internships
Do you know a college student who would love to have an exciting, educational summer internship at the Conservancy or Fallingwater? A variety of internship positions are available, including in the areas of invasive plant biology, preservation, collections, landscaping, digital multimedia and education. These full-time internships are paid; Fallingwater interns work onsite and also receive free housing. Students should apply soon!
Enjoy the Fallingwater Grounds in January and February

Although Fallingwater is closed for preservation and maintenance during winter, you can still explore the peaceful landscape, trails and grounds! Explore the natural area surrounding the house and view the outdoor sculptures by purchasing a grounds pass, weather permitting. To book your pass, call 724-329-8501 prior to visiting.
Fallingwater Gnome House Design Challenge is Open
We’re looking for students who are up for the big challenge of designing little houses for gnomes! Fallingwater’s Gnome House Design Challenge is great for homeschoolers, scout troops, school groups and individual students ages 8 to 13. They’ll use creativity, math, science, technology and language arts skills. Enrollment is open through March 15.
We Welcome Volunteers Year Round
Are you a budding nature photographer? Do you enjoy writing, gardening or building trails? Perhaps you’re great at data entry. It’s not too early in the year to think about volunteering with WPC! We have plenty of volunteer opportunities year-round to fit your schedule and interests. Learn how you can help beautify and protect our places by volunteering!
We’re Looking to Lease Land to a Farmer
Have you ever felt the urge to do small-scale sustainable farming and even make a business of it? You might be interested in leasing farmland from the Conservancy in Mercer County. Your farm could support local farmers markets, restaurants, CSAs and food deserts in the Pittsburgh region. We’re accepting proposals to lease farmland with an available barn and tractor! A house is also available for lease.
Dear Members, Thank You for Your Patience
The Conservancy has converted to new database software to improve our donor service capabilities. We’re working to make this transition as seamless as possible, but if your name, address or any other information is incorrect at any time, please let us know by sending an email to development@paconserve.org or calling 1-866-564-6972.
Fallingwater Fleece

Stay warm and stylish this winter with fleece from Fallingwater! This modern-classic vest by Columbia is made of durable fleece and is perfect for layering to seal in the warmth. Available in both men’s and women’s styles and sizes. 
Buy yours today and stay warm all winter!

January Desktop Background

Early Americans gave Slippery Rock Creek its name due to a natural seepage of oil on a large flat rock in the stream that caused crossing on foot a challenge. Unique in this region, the small river’s character is derived from massive Pleistocene glaciers, whose ice sheets covered the upper watershed. The glaciers’ vast meltwaters carved a deep gorge filled with whitewater rapids and a cool valley where groves of stately eastern hemlock trees grew. Today, McConnells Mill State Park in eastern Lawrence County provides opportunities to experience Slippery Rock Creek. The protection of this land in the 1940s was an early accomplishment for the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy. Download this calendar featuring a photo of snowy trees and banks along Slippery Rock Creek.

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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