water, land, life
WPC's Monthly eNewsletter

Fall is a Great Time to Visit Our Properties

     Fall in Western Pennsylvania is a treat for mind, body and soul. Nature’s vibrant colors, the sweet scent of leaves as they crunch underfoot and invigorating cool breezes all beckon us outdoors.
Our properties are wonderful places to enjoy the changing season and reconnect with nature. The Conservancy owns and manages more than 13,000 acres that are open to the public, free of charge. Thirteen of our properties are particularly suited for outdoor enthusiasts to enjoy, from Lake Pleasant Conservation Area in Erie County to Bear Run Nature Reserve, our more than 5,000-acre natural area in Fayette County that is home to Fallingwater. Visit our Explore our Properties webpage and discover the recreational opportunities and natural features of several properties through short videos featuring Google Trekker imagery.
Also, during October, Pennsylvanians are encouraged to explore our state’s many trails by taking a hike as part of the statewide Walk in Penn’s Woods initiative. Tag us in your photos on our properties on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with #waterlandlife and #MyWalkinPennsWoods.

Free Webinar: Conservation in a Changing Climate

How is climate change affecting our region’s species and how are conservationists reacting in order to increase survival chances for the most vulnerable species and habitats? Join us at noon, EDT, on Oct. 22 for a Zoom webinar with Charles Bier, WPC’s senior director of conservation science. For decades, Charles has studied the changing climate and will share his insights, work and hope on this important topic.
Celebrate RAD Days with Our Free Garden Webinars

WPC’s community gardens and greenspace staff are offering free webinars as part of Allegheny Regional Asset District’s 2020 RADical Days, an annual celebration that offers free events to thank Allegheny County taxpayers who make RAD funding possible. WPC appreciates RAD, which provides funding for our community flower gardens in Allegheny County. Register for “Plants v. Stormwater” Oct. 8 and “Planting for Pollinators” Oct. 13.

Controlling Invasive European Water-milfoil

WPC’s land stewardship and natural heritage program staff have been battling invasive Eurasian water-milfoil within the gravel pit ponds that were created years ago from the mining of gravel adjacent to Lake Pleasant in Erie County to prevent it from spreading to the lake. Learn more about this troublesome species, which forms thick mats that can overwhelm native species and interfere with swimming, fishing, waterfowl hunting and boating.

CADF Applications Open Oct. 12
Our Canoe Access Development Fund provides grants to the region’s watershed organizations and community groups to develop and improve water access for canoeing and kayaking. Learn about the fund, established by WPC donors and outdoor enthusiasts Roy Weil and Mary Shaw, and how it’s helping people get on the water and benefiting communities. Applications for CADF funding are open Oct. 12 - Nov. 13.
Show Reptiles Extra Love on Oct. 21

Whether you love to get up close to reptiles or prefer to admire them from afar, there’s no denying they’re amazing animals that are important to our ecosystems. National Reptile Awareness Day is Oct. 21. Learn about our work to protect the habitat of the critically imperiled endangered Eastern massasauga rattlesnake and watch a cool video featuring WPC Zoologist Ryan Miller.

Land Stewardship Volunteers Needed
Our Helen B. Katz Natural Area in Crawford County could use some end-of-season TLC from caring volunteers! Join us on Oct. 24 for a physically distanced volunteer workday. We’ll remove some tree tubes and clean up some debris near Cussewago Creek. Learn more or register. Read our volunteer safety protocols, too.

Introducing Carreg (A word from the Welsh, meaning stone)


Designed by London-based weave designer and former Fallingwater artist-in-residence Eleanor Pritchard, this exquisite blanket was inspired by the hearth in the Guest House at Fallingwater, and is the second blanket created by Pritchard exclusively for Fallingwater. The limited edition Carreg blanket and cushion are available for purchase solely through the Fallingwater Museum Store. Bring the warmth of Fallingwater’s hearth into your home today!

October Desktop Background

     Fallingwater is the finest example of Frank Lloyd Wright’s organic architecture philosophy, where nature, landscape and architecture are united in harmony. The natural landscape creates a beautiful backdrop for t
he house as the seasons change.
Added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2019, Fallingwater is currently open for a variety of exterior tours. And, something new: Fallingwater is offering a Winter Walk, available starting Nov. 30, for those interested in seeing Fallingwater in the snow or experiencing the waterfall when it’s frozen.
Download this calendar, featuring a photo by 7LineMedia, from the options below, then right click on the image to set it as your desktop background.

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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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