Cross Currents
May 2019
A Message from the Director
This year's Lenape Challenge certainly lived up to its name! Heavy rain on Friday brought extreme conditions for Saturday's race. We had shoe-sucking mud on Spring Mount and the Perkiomen was ripping at 2,000 cfs (the maximum level we can safely run the race), but our racers seemed to relish in the hardships! We had lots of flips, spills and slides, but no incurable disasters and everyone seemed to finish with a smile! Thanks to everyone involved (especially Telford Dive Unit) for helping to make the day a success!

Up next is the Perkiomen Native Plant Sale at the Peter Wentz Farmstead. Come on out this Saturday, May 11th to select a few natives for your yard. Planting natives is one of the best things you can do to support water and wildlife conservation in the Perkiomen Valley. We have thousands of plants and hundreds of species for sale... you don't want to miss this one!!

On June 1st, we'll take another crack at hosting the Perkiomen Creek Sojourn. We've requested better weather for this year's event, and we're sure it won't disappoint! I paddled the creek last week and saw two bald eagles, an osprey, and two dozen other birds. Plus, neighbors have sent in videos of river otters playing in the creek! The Perkiomen is certainly a hidden gem... Come on out and explore it with us!! We have boats to rent and a free lunch for all participants and volunteers.
Enjoy the weather, and I hope to see you at our next event!

Ryan Beltz
Executive Director
Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy
Peter Wentz Farmstead
May 11, 2019 | 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Looking to beautify your yard this spring? Come out to the Perkiomen Native Plant Sale on Saturday, May 11th at the Peter Wentz Farmstead, Worcester!
Choose from over 130 different native species of perennial flowering plants, ferns, vines, and grasses. Prices will range from $4- $20 and plants will be arranged by growing conditions to provide ease of selection!
Conservancy staff will be on site to provide expert advice and answer questions. Behmerwald Nursery will also be joining us to sell a wide variety of native trees and shrubs. The Native Plant Sale will also feature a
free Tree Identification Walk at 10:30 am and a
Rain Barrel Workshop at 1:00 pm (currently full).

The Sale will be held rain or shine! We hope to see you there! 

Peter Wentz Farmstead
May 10 & 11, 2019

We have thousands of plants to prepare for Saturday's big sale. Come on out on Friday to lend a helping hand! Busy Friday? We also need a ton of help on Saturday to sort and sell natives. Join the fun... bring a friend!

Meadow Park, Schwenksville
June 1, 2019 | 9:00 am
Join the adventure as we paddle a ten-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 on us at Cranberry Park, and learn a little about this gem winding through our own backyards. Bring your own canoe or kayak or rent from us!

We have a new event format! 
We're sure you'll love it!
June 1, 2019

We need you!
Please come help out at the Sojourn. We have a lot of openings for volunteers and for most you can stay dry! Enjoy the day and have lunch on us.

At the Conservancy
June - August
Foster a love for the outdoors and our environment in your children this summer! Check out our Summer Programs for kids from Pre-school through 6th grade.
Our students get their feet wet in the creek, get their hands dirty exploring field and stream and have lots of fun learning all about the watershed and the special critters who live in and around the creek!
At the Conservancy
April 27, 2019
The Lenape Challenge stepped off on Saturday with a sold-out field and the promise of excitement in the air. The day did not disappoint! It was a wild race featuring plenty of mud on the run and fast water for the paddle, but 250 participants took on the Challenge and came through STRONG!


After the race, participants & volunteers enjoyed post-race refreshments compliments of Round Guys Brewing, Wegmans, Clemens Food Group, Kimberton Whole Foods, Giant Food Stores & Redner's.
Thank you to our refreshment sponsors!

Thank you and congratulations to all of our participants!

Thank you to our hard-working volunteers!
We could not have done it without you!

And thank you to our Event Sponsors for your support of this event and of the Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy.
Lenape Challenge 2019 Event Sponsors:
The Lenape Challenge is a Zero-Waste Race!!
Thanks to Sustainable Solutions Corporation for conducting an independent audit of the Challenge and for helping to make the race Green Circle Certified!
More Events Coming Up...
French Creek State Park
May 18 | 9:30 am

Join us for one of our upcoming wildflower walks.

No advance registration required.
At the Conservancy
June 10 - 13 | 9:30 - 11:00 am

A special 4 day offering full of discovery walks, songs, activities and crafts where children learn about plants and the animals that depend on them.
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!
Double your dollars!

With matching gifts, it's possible to  double or even triple your gift  to the Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy!
Ask your employer if they have a matching gift policy, or  contact us  for more information.
As a private 501(c)(3) nonprofit, the Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy
is dependent in part on donations, grants, memberships and sponsorships.
Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy