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Cross Currents
September 2017
Message from the Director

The Conservancy has just made a tremendous break-through... We have solved the problem of early morning volunteering... and the answer is... COFFEE! 

The Conservancy is proud to introduce our new partnership
with Speakeasy Coffee of Pennsburg. Together, we bring you Tree Hugger! The Tree Hugger Blend combines the bold flavors of "Get-Up-And-Go" with "Yes, I Can Make a Difference Today"! Volunteers will smell the sweet aroma of "This is Fun" while tasting subtle hints of "I Love Planting Trees"! 

Want to get in on the action?  Sign up for the Perkiomen Plant-A-Thon... we'll be giving away free samples of  Tree Hugger  before every planting. The Perkiomen Plant-A-Thon starts next week, so check out the link below and register today. 

Can't make it to one of our fall plantings? Starting next week,  Tree Hugger  will be available on Speakeasy Coffee's website and at all of the Conservancy's major events. In a few weeks you'll also be able to get  Tree Hugger  at your local grocer.

I know many of you enjoy getting dressed-up as much as you enjoy getting your hands in the dirt. For those of you who want the best of both worlds, you can sign up for the Perkiomen Plant-A-Thon, then grab your ticket to the Conservancy's benefit dinner, "A Night for Conservation: To Benefit the Perkiomen Watershed"! The benefit dinner is the Conservancy's largest single fundraiser. So if you want to support a great cause, hear a great band, and have fun at our silent auction and wine toss, then get your ticket for this exceptional evening!

Fall equals Fun at the Conservancy... I hope to see you at one of our many events, and don't forget to try the Tree Hugger Blend from our friends over at Speakeasy Coffee!

Thanks and see you OUTSIDE!!

Ryan Beltz

There is still time to volunteer for the  Perkiomen Plant-A-Thon!  

This wa tershed-wide, multi-month event  allows participants to get their hands dirty while helping to improve habitat and water quality.  The 5,000 native trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants you help place into the ground are important in managing stormwater by reducing the amount of runoff and pollutants entering our streams.

The Plant-A-Thon is hosted at various sites throughout several weekends in September, October and November. Join us in the plantings of these riparian forest buffers, stormwater basins and rain gardens.  

Interested in volunteering?   Sites are filling up fast so use this link to sign up and reserve your spot today:

Celebrate With Us!

Each October, the Conservancy hosts its annual

The Benefit, held on Thursday, October 12 from 5:30 - 9:00 pm at beautiful RiverCrest Golf Club, provides attendees with a wonderful evening of live music by the Ken Battista band, a delicious buffet dinner, and an awards presentation in which the Conservancy honors individuals and organizations that are committed to protecting the land and water within the Perkiomen Creek Watershed. 

In addition to serving as an arena for the Conservancy to show its appreciation to dedicated watershed members, the benefit hosts a silent auction- the Conservancy's largest fundraiser of the year. All proceeds from the benefit and silent auction directly support our award winning environmental education classes and our impactful conservation projects. The benefit is the perfect event to support conservation in the Perkiomen watershed either by sponsoring the eventbuying tickets to attend, donating a silent auction item, or bidding on the wide array of enticing auction items! Keep a close eye on our Facebook page to get a peek at some of the items available during the silent auction! We look forward to seeing you there!

Bring your 3-6 year olds to our fall science programs...

The Conservancy is excited to announce its fall schedule of public preschool science programs for children ages 3-6 and their favorite adult. These content-rich, one hour programs, feature learning about the natural world through books, games, songs, activities and exploration of natural history items.  

We are kicking things off on Thursday, September 21 
from  1:00 - 2:15 pm with  "Pennsylvania's Water Mammals".   The  beaver, mink, muskrat and river otter all make Pennsylvania's waterways their home. Come learn about their special adaptations and behaviors that help them survive in their  watery habitat!   

The Conservancy attends selected events during the year to promote its environmental education, watershed conservation and community outreach programs. One of our favorites is the  Annual Upper Perk Bird and Wildlife Festival at Green Lane Park. 

This year's event will be held  on 
Saturday, September 30 from 11am to 3pm

We are looking for a crew of volunteers, in shifts, to  set up and break down our table, and greet festival attendees . While at this popular family event, you can also visit other tables and see their fascinating honeybee demonstrations, live animals, and monarch butterfly displays. There will be lots of information available, hands-on activities, live music, food vendors, hayrides and more. Don't miss the opportunity to be part of the fun!
Sign-up online  or email Becki  to volunteer. 

What a great event! Thank you  to all of our generous sponsors - Oehlert Bros, Perkiomen Bicycles and Appalachian Brewing Company; friendly volunteers - Lisa, Bill, Kristin, Alexis, David, Mary Lou, Jean, Joanne, Peter, Sherry, Dennis and Eileen;
and enthusiastic participants for making this year's Perk to Pub a huge success! 

Thank you 2017 Perk to Pub Sponsors!

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The Perkiomen Trifecta:
Run - 5 miles, Paddle - 9 miles, Bike - 15 miles 

Anyone who participated or volunteered in all three of our adventure events this year were entered into a drawing to win an EMS kayak. Congrats to this year's winner, Tom Gamble. 

Thank you to all of you who "Dared To Do All Three!".  

The Perkiomen Trail Porter

The Conservancy would like to sincerely thank the Appalachian Brewing Company of  Collegeville for all of their support. The Perkiomen Porter was a huge success and we look forward to working with ABC to offer this exceptional brew again next year.  We also want to thank all of you who were kind enough to come out to enjoy a few pints to help raise over $750.00 for the Conservancy! We appreciate your support.

Perkiomen porter
  Upcoming events:
pine barrens
Saturday, September 9 

Explore the wildflowers, trees and aquatic plants of the New Jersey Pine Barrens by canoe with our guide,  Susan Mrugal, MS, RLA, Temple University.

Saturday, September 16

Thanks in part to our members, the walk is free. 
No advance registration is required.

Thank you to our

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