Cross Currents
July 2018
Message from the Director
All -

It's an action-packed summer here at the Conservancy! We literally have events and programs for nearly every age and nearly every interest... as long as you enjoy fun, enriching, outdoor, conservation-centered, wholesome and family-minded activities! Take a moment to scroll through all we have to offer. I'm sure you'll find something you'll love!

In addition to these great events and programs, the Conservancy has been actively working to bring you the next best things in Conservation. We have been working with our local and county officials to develop the Perkiomen Creek Water Trail. We have also been working with local and regional water experts to create a watershed-wide Water Quality Monitoring Program that will utilize your talents as local citizen scientists. And... we've been working with local municipalities to tackle some pretty tough issues in storm water management.

Stay tuned... we're planning to unveil some pretty neat projects in the coming months! I hope you'll be a part of the future of conservation in the Perkiomen Valley.
Ryan Beltz
Executive Director
Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy
Green Lane Park to ABC Collegeville
Saturday, August 18, 2018 | 9 am to 1 pm
Join us for the three best things about the Perkiomen... the Perkiomen Creek, the Perkiomen Trail and the Perkiomen Porter!

Begin your 13-mile Perk to Pub Bicycle Adventure at  Green Lane Park  in upper Montgomery County. Follow the Perkiomen Trail over the beautiful Unami Creek and past the Philadelphia Folk Fest. Cross the old railroad bridge high above the Perkiomen, then switch into your lowest gear for the climb over Spring Mount. Roll on up to  Perkiomen Bicycles  in Schwenksville for a cool drink. Finally, coast past East Branch Creek and into Collegeville for a pub party at  Appalachian Brewing Company!

What could be better than bikes, buds, and brews along the Perkiomen Creek on a hot summer Saturday?!

Not a biker but still want to get involved? Lend a helping hand to make the third annual Perk to Pub a huge success! All volunteers win a free brew at ABC!!

Wednesdays from 1 - 4 pm
Looking to get out of the house this summer and get your hands dirty?   Our Conservation Team will be holding weekly native plant workdays on Wednesdays from 1 pm – 4 pm. During these volunteer days, we will be working with native plants in some capacity, either at our greenhouse located at the Peter Wentz Farmstead, or at past project sites within the watershed.

Our next workday will be on July 18 th from 1 pm – 4 pm at the Conservancy (1 Skippack Pike Schwenskville) where we will be weeding and mulching the bioswale next to our office parking lot. If you are interested in volunteering, please email our Conservationist, Beth Myers.

Conservancy Headquarters
September 6, 2018 | 6:30 pm
The Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy is currently working with the Pennsylvania Native Plant Society to create a Southeast Pennsylvania Chapter! Be a part of history as we work to give native plant lovers a new way to love their natives closer to home!

Join us for an informational meeting on September 6th at 6:30 pm.
Our native plants need you!

At the Conservancy
June through August
Summer Camp is off to a great start here at the Conservancy! We have had some wonderful groups of kids here for our summer programs and are looking forward to more fun in the coming weeks. There are still openings in a few sessions, so don’t miss out on a great experience for your child! 

Our first two sessions of Exploring the East Branch Creek sold out, so we decided to add a third!   Registration is now open for Thursday, August 23 rd  for children who have completed kindergarten through 4 th  grade! 

Don’t let your child miss out on these fun and educational programs!   

~ 1st Annual ~
Perkasie, PA
Sunday, July 29, 2018 | 1 pm to 6 pm
The "Brewployees" at Free Will are dedicated to using meaningful and sustainable brewing practices to not only put “Liquid and Friends First”, but to also support our community. That’s why we are especially excited to once again partner with the Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy to advocate and bring awareness to the importance of conserving and protecting both land and water resources using the voice that we know best - BEER!

Join us on Sunday, July 29 th  for our 1 st   Annual Brewers Charity Picnic, benefiting the Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy! 

We'll have...
  • A Charity Raffle
  • *Grand Prize* – Brew a Beer with Our Team of Brewers*
  • A Silent Auction** (items and packages organized & donated by Free Will Brewers)
  • Tons of Prizes and Giveaways
  • Picnic Fare provided by our Friends at Down to Earth Café
  • Games & Activities
  • And of course... BEER, BEER, BEER!

**All proceeds go to Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy**
We'll be posting more details in the coming days,
be sure to follow us on Facebook!

Perkiomen Creek to the Delaware River
The 2018 Perki-Bay Expedition was a huge success!

Thank you to all of the volunteers, sponsors, parents, and supporters who made this trip possible for our youth!

Be on the lookout for the official Perki-Bay Expedition video... coming soon!
Bellewood Gulf Club

Thank you to the Collegeville Rotary Club for making this event possible!

Upcoming Events...

Saturday, July 21, 2018
9:30 am to 12:00 pm
@ Mill Hill


Perkiomen Creek
Saturday, September 8, 2018
9 am to 3 pm
Couldn't make the trip in June... how about September?
Join the adventure on Saturday, September 8th as we paddle an eight mile stretch of the Perkiomen Creek from Schwenksville to Oaks

Explore the scenic beauty and hidden treasures of the Perkiomen. Do some boulder dodging. Battle the dams and rapids. Chat with old friends and make some new ones. Enjoy lunch at Cranberry Park, and learn a little about this gem winding through our own backyards. Bring your own canoe or kayak or rent one from us!
September through November
Last year our conservation community planted nearly 10,000 native plants, trees and shrubs throughout the watershed. Join us again this year as we attempt to plant more than 10,000!
Back on Tap...
Visit Appalachian Brewing Company in Collegeville and have a brew for conservation! Proceeds from the sale of the Perkiomen Porter directly support the mission of the Conservancy!
tree hugger coffee
It's all in the Roast...
Visit Speakeasy Coffee Company to purchase your bag of Tree Hugger Coffee! Proceeds from Tree Hugger directly supports the mission of the Conservancy! Have a cup for conservation!
Thank you to our
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As a private 501(c)(3) nonprofit, the Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy
is dependent in part on donations, grants, memberships and sponsorships.
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