Plus, Attend Members' Day and Free Webinars!
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We are a member-based nonprofit dedicated to protecting and restoring the region’s waters, forests, natural areas and wildlife, planting community trees, gardens and greenspaces, and caring for Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater.

We’ve Safeguarded 19,800 More Acres in the PA Wilds!

We’re kicking off Earth Month with big news from our corner of the world! Thanks to the recent donation of a conservation easement on 19,800 acres from The Conservation Fund, we are permanently safeguarding more forestland in Elk and McKean counties. This easement ensures this land will stay protected – forever – for fish, birds, hikers, anglers, hunters and all to benefit from and enjoy.  

This conservation project, the Clarion Junction Conservation Easement, protects sweeping ridges and scenic hardwood forests from future development. It safeguards the area’s biological diversity and provides habitat for wildlife and plants; the trees and wetlands filter pollutants from the air and nearby rivers and streams.

The property is an important connection between state forest lands, state game lands and the Allegheny National Forest, where thousands of nature enthusiasts visit each year to enjoy the natural and picturesque PA Wilds region. The donation is  a fitting example of the important Earth-friendly work we do 365 days a year!

Read more about this easement, and consider other ways to observe Earth Month with us:

  • Visit Pittsburgh’s rivers and downtown area to see the redbuds! Nearly 4,000 Eastern redbud trees and complimentary trees planted through the Pittsburgh Redbud Project are budding and will bloom soon.

  • Speaking of trees, we’ll soon celebrate our 40,000th street and park tree planting! Learn more about our efforts to green communities.

  • Volunteer with us to plant street trees or riparian trees, or care for our preserves.

  • Get outdoors on our preserves to enjoy the warmer weather and discover spring wildflowers.

  • Check out some simple, practical tips from our staff to help our planet year round in your home or backyard.

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Members’ Day is May 4: Register Now!

Members, you make our work possible…now we want to thank you! Enjoy a day full of nature-based activities at WPC’s Members’ Day and Annual Meeting, May 4 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Join us at The Barn at Fallingwater for naturalist-led hikes, presentations, children’s activities and free tours of Fallingwater with advance reservations. Enjoy a complimentary continental breakfast and purchase a buffet lunch, or join us with your own lunch. Meet WPC staff and learn about the work you support. Not a member? Join today!

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Want to Help Birds? Attend Our Free Webinar

Did you know that since 1970, North America has lost three billion birds? The good news: You can take simple, inexpensive actions in your own home, backyard or workplace to help increase birds’ chances of survival. 

Join WPC’s PNHP Avian Ecologist David Yeany II and Community Forestry Project Coordinator Alicia Wehrle for a free webinar, “Seven Simple Ways to Help Our Birds,“ on Apr. 25 at noon. Learn why birds are important in our natural world, and how you can protect them!

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Register for “The Geology of Fallingwater” Webinar

Fallingwater’s organic design is rooted in geology: Built of special local stone and incorporating large boulders, the house rests on bedrock, is cantilevered over a stream and features stories and balconies that echo underlying rock strata. 

Western PA native and geologist Dr. Fred Zelt studied Fallingwater’s landscape for his research on the geology of sites in the Laurel Highlands. Join him on Apr. 18 at noon for a fascinating free webinar about the art and science of Fallingwater’s organic design.  

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We Appreciate Our Volunteers! Please Join Us

Volunteers are an important part of our work to green communities and conserve our region’s wildlife, water and ecosystems! Meet some of our 7,000 dedicated volunteers

You can volunteer, too! Help us maintain trails or pull invasive plants at our nature preserves. Plant or steward a community flower garden, plant street trees to help manage stormwater and provide shade, or plant trees along streams or rivers to improve water quality. 

You can even volunteer at Fallingwater!

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Improve, Build a Canoe Access Site:Apply for Funds

Does your community need an access site where people can get on a stream or river to paddle? Or does an existing site need improvement? Canoe access sites help prevent streambank erosion, bring water enthusiasts to businesses, provide a place for paddlers and anglers to get on the water and more. Apply through Apr. 26 for a WPC Canoe Access Development Fund grant of up to $5,000. Recent awardees include Lawrence County Planning Department, Mountain Watershed Association and Redbank Valley Trails Association. 

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Download Redbud Images

Bike, stroll or paddle along downtown Pittsburgh’s rivers this month and enjoy eye-popping splashes of pink blossoms, courtesy of the Pittsburgh Redbud Project! Since 2016, partners and volunteers have helped plant native redbud trees that burst forth each spring with vibrant blooms. (Check out this map from Visit Pittsburgh.)

Download free images of redbuds at iconic locations around Pittsburgh, such as this view of the city skyline from the North Shore! Follow the blooms’ progress on our Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram pages and share your photos using #PGHredbuds.

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Fallingwater Museum Store: Hand-etched Glass

We are excited to announce that our custom-made glassware is back and available for purchase! Each piece is hand-etched by a local glass studio that specializes in modern crystal and honors the long history of skilled glassmaking in Western Pennsylvania. Enjoy your favorite springtime beverage from our logo collection, which is elegant yet suitable for everyday use.  

Choose from: 14oz. Tumbler, 12oz. Wine Glass, 16oz. Pint Glass and 15oz. Cooler, which is pictured here. Order your glassware through Apr. 28 to receive special pricing! This springtime offer is available online only.

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Learn More

Start a Career with Us
View the Lake Erie Invasives Film
Enjoy Wildflowers on Our Preserves
Info and FAQ About TreeVitalize
Get Ideas to Make Earth Day Every Day
Volunteer As a Garden Steward
Subscribe to New Fallingwater YouTube
Sponsor a Community Garden
Learn About Common Invasive Species

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