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Cross Currents
March 2017
Message from the Director

I am proud to introduce the creation of the Perkiomen Trifecta! 

The Perkiomen Trifecta highlights the Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy's signature adventure events, the Lenape Survival Challenge, the Perkiomen Creek Sojourn, and the Perk to Pub. 

These three events lead the charge as the three premier recreation events in the  Perkiomen region.  Join us on April 22 for the adrenaline-pumping Lenape Survival Challenge. This 5-mile running and 2-mile canoeing adventure race pits teams of two against one another as they race around the hills and woods of  Schwenksville then down the mighty Perkiomen.

Come back on June 3 for the Perkiomen Creek Sojourn.  This relaxing 7-mile paddle takes participants winding through the hidden forests and hollows of the beautiful Perkiomen Valley.

Round out the Trifecta
with your friends on the  Perk to Pub.  This 15-mile biking adventure follows  the Perkiomen Trail from Green Lane Park to the Appalachian Brewing Company in Collegeville. Here at ABC, we'll kick back over some great food and refreshing brews. 

The best part about the Trifecta is for those who do all three. All who participate or volunteer in all three events are entered into a drawing to win a kayak from our friends at Eastern Mountain Sports in Collegeville. 

Grab your friends and Dare to do the Perkiomen Trifecta!

Thanks and see you OUTSIDE!!

Ryan Beltz 

"Help us #MOBthePERK... in the Annual Stream Clean-up!"  

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Come out on Saturday, April 8 from 9 am-12 pm to help us in the Conservancy's Annual Stream Clean-up. Over 400 of your friends and neighbors have already signed up!

There are over 50 clean-up sites located throughout the Perkiomen watershed. More than 860 volunteers are needed to help collect trash and debris, to help the pick up crews and to help collect tires. As a volunteer, you will be provided with all the necessary tools and safety equipment for each site such as trash bags, gloves, waders, shovels, road vests and more. Please be sure to wear clothes that can get wet and muddy including sturdy, closed-toe shoes.  

For more information about the clean-up sites and to sign up, please check out  our website:
Spots fill up quickly so be sure to sign up as soon as possible.

Additional questions? Contact our Conservation Coordinator, Jessie Kemper 
or 610-287-9383. 

By the way...

... have you seen a site in the Perkiomen watershed where trash has been piling up?

Use our TrashSpot App to report it. S imply type   into your smartphone's browser then follow the prompts to report the trash. Trash Spot is designed to use your phone's geo-location software to accurately report your position to the Conservancy. 
Perkasie Borough Environmental Fair
Sunday, April 23 from noon to 4:30pm

The Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy is participating in Perkasie Borough's Earth Day weekend celebration on Sunday, April 23 centered on a large "Pop-Up Park" in the center of PerkasieOur table will have an interactive display that highlights community impacts on our watershed along with other Conservancy information on projects, programs and events.

Volunteers are needed to hand out brochures and talk with visitors. For those of
you who are interested in spending a few hours outside at this  fun event, we will supply you with any information you will need to help out. 
Won't you join us?  

Email our Volunteer Coordinator for more information or to sign up for a shift during what's sure to be a busy and fun afternoon!
Conservancy grounds
Looking for another outdoor volunteer opportunity? 

With Spring fast approaching, we are busier than ever at the Conservancy. To look our best for the many people who visit our property this season, we are having a  Grounds Clean-up Party  on  Saturday, April 1 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm. 

Volunteers are needed to help rake, clean out garden beds, remove gutter debris, and bring up outdoor furniture from the garage. Refreshments will be provided by PWC to keep the crew's energy high! 

Contact our  Volunteer Coordinator to sign up.

Registration is ongoing for the Conservancy's popular Summer Science Academy programs!  Single day and week-long programs for children who have completed Kindergarten through 6 th grade are filled with hands-on experiments, outdoor adventures, songs, games, crafts and much more.   Help build your child's natural science knowledge in a fun and friendly small group setting.  

Register for your  Summer Science Academy program today!

Saturday, March 11, 7:30am to 3:15pm

The Watershed Congress will once again be held at the Montgomery County Community College's West Campus in Pottstown, Pennsylvania. This year's program presents a keynote panel discussion on water monitoring, 21 concurrent sessions covering a broad range of watershed topics, poster sessions, tours of Montgomery County Community College's Aquaponics Laboratory, and exhibits by watershed organizations, environmental consulting firms, and government agencies.

See full descriptions of the keynote, the breakout sessions, and Aquaponics Laboratory tour in the Program Detail .  Register Online here.

Are you interested in becoming a student facilitator for the 2017 Watershed Congress?  Apply  online here .

Saturday, April 22, 2017 

This year marks the 25th running of the Challenge - a unique two person team 
run/canoe race.

Perkiomen Creek Sojourn
Saturday, June 3, 2017

Paddle a seven mile stretch of the Perkiomen Creek with the Conservancy team! 

Thank you to our
Protectors of the Perkiomen
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