water, land, life
WPC's Monthly eNewsletter

Happy New Year!

     We’re energized by the support and generosity that you – our members, donors and volunteers – have shown us throughout the past year. You’ve helped us meet unexpected challenges with creativity, flexibility and productivity.

     Because of your support, we’re able to engage people through free webinars that examine topics such as our community forestry work and how our scientists are supporting the region’s vulnerable species affected by climate change. Our staff has been able to continue planting trees and gardens, conserving land and maintaining trails, and protecting and studying wildlife, plants and streams.

     At Fallingwater, you’ve responded with great interest to our new free webinars, virtual experiences, online classes and summer camps and special exterior tours. We’ve expanded our community outreach by partnering with 412 Rescue to provide food distributions for local families.

     From all of us at the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy and Fallingwater, thank you. We look forward to your continued partnership in the new year, and wish you a wonderful, safe and happy 2021!

Apply for Summer Internships

Do you know a college student looking for an exciting, educational, paid full-time summer internship? Fallingwater is seeking applicants for summer internships in landscape architecture, collections and education. Winter break is a great time for students to apply for these summer internships!
Students, Enroll in Fallingwater Virtual Drawing Classes or Summer Camps

High school students of all skill levels who are interested in design, architecture or fine art can improve technical drawing skills while learning about Wright’s organic design philosophy. Our Fallingwater Institute online classes and virtual summer camps are led by expert instructors and will help prepare your student for the college application process. Register now for Saturday classes, which begin Jan. 16. Register soon for virtual summer camps.

Free Virtual Mini-symposium on Sustainable Design: Jan. 16  
In partnership with Miami University of Ohio, Fallingwater will host a free 90-minute virtual mini-symposium to explore sustainability through the lens of Wright’s organic architecture philosophy. Practitioners, educators, scholars and students will discuss theories and practices about the built environment that nurture and ennoble the human condition. Register now to join us for this engaging dialogue on Jan. 16.
Enjoy and Learn from Nature in Winter on Our Properties

Are you spending more time outdoors? Observing nature on our properties during winter can be relaxing and educational for the whole family. You can look for animal tracks, identify a tree by its bark, glimpse colorful birds against a snowy backdrop, observe animal activity and much more. Get outdoors in winter and explore our properties. And read about Toms Run Nature Reserve in Pittsburgh Quarterly.

Steward a Community Garden

Are you looking for an opportunity to get outdoors and stay active this winter? Spring is still three months off, but some of our community gardens need care year-round. We are seeking volunteer garden stewards at several gardens to remove debris and prune in winter, and plant, water and weed in the spring.

Read About WPC’s Farmland Connection
Read the winter issue of Conserve Magazine to learn how WPC protects farmland and the natural resources associated with farms, and supports the sustainable production of healthy local foods. Access past issues of Conserve here. 
Get Winter Scenes for Your Virtual Background
Personalize your Zoom, Microsoft Teams or other virtual meeting platform screen with beautiful snowy photos of nature, WPC properties and Fallingwater. Download a winter scene and show your friends and colleagues that you support our work and protect our region’s water, land and wildlife!

Special Offer for the New Year:

Frank Lloyd Wright Planner & Pen Set


Organize the new year with a Frank Lloyd Wright Planner & Pen Set! This conveniently sized, undated planner features Wright's design on an embossed cover with gold foil accents, gilded page edges and an elastic closure. The coordinating pen set features philosophical quotes by Wright. This planner and pen set combo is available online only through Jan. 31! (And you can still get your Fallingwater 2021 Calendar! Supplies are limited.)

January Desktop Background

Hikers at the 369-acre Toms Run Nature Reserve can view wildlife from a three-mile loop trail that includes an ADA-accessible path. Birders can observe migrant songbirds, including vireos, warblers, thrushes and sparrows, during spring and fall migration. Visitors can even see large, above-ground nests built by a native ant called Allegheny mound builders.

The Conservancy began protecting this urban forest from development in 1977 and has been working to restore it from years of gas and residential development since the mid-2000s. It is one of the largest areas of undeveloped forested land in Allegheny County and hosts important plant and animal habitats. Several small streams run through the property; the largest, Toms Run, is a tributary of the Ohio River.

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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