Cross Currents
October 2019
A Message from the Director
I hope you enjoyed the video of our 2019 Perki-Bay Expedition. We're currently recruiting for our 2020 program... if you have a high school student or know of one who might be interested, have them contact the Conservancy for this once-in-a-lifetime program opportunity!

We're just one month away from the Conservancy's big annual benefit, "A Night for Conservation". Join us on November 1st at the Phoenixville Foundry for this exceptional evening as we celebrate our community's environmental leaders with food, fun, raffles, tastings, and more... This is an event you don't want to miss!

We also have some great "Out and About" opportunities on the horizon! On October 13th, we'll head to Hawk Mountain Sanctuary to watch the fall migration and for a little hike, which I like to the call the "Grand Tour"! Yoga at the Perk is in full swing... Join us for our next two sessions and get your stretch on! We have a rain barrel workshop in November, and registration is now open for the Freeze-Up 5k in December.

Last, the Perkiomen Plant-A-Thon is in full-swing.... Join us in our effort to plant 10,000 natives in local restoration projects throughout the watershed! Our next big project is the construction of a rain garden in Lansdale. As part of this project, we'll also install an underground stormwater storage system to double the impact of the garden! Now's the time to start planning your own stormwater BMP in your municipality. Contact the Conservancy to learn how we can streamline the process for you!
Enjoy the weather, and I hope to see you "out there"!

Ryan Beltz
Executive Director
Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy
Phoenixville Foundry
Friday, November 1st| 5:30 - 8:30 pm
Join us for an evening of fun to support the Perkiomen Watershed!
On Friday, November 1st, we'll host our annual "A Night for Conservation: To Benefit the Perkiomen Watershed". Enjoy a locally-supported Silent Auction, Wine Ring Toss, Cornhole, giant Jenga, raffles, tastings from Free Will Brewing , Bluebird Distilling, Black Walnut Winery Speakeasy Coffee and Sweet Ashley's Chocolates in addition to delicious appetizers and dinner stations. The Silent Auction held at the Benefit is one of the Conservancy's largest annual fundraisers, supporting our environmental education classes and conservation projects. Have an item or talent you want to show off to the local community? Visit our website to learn about donating a Silent Auction item!  
At the Conservancy
Thursday, November 14 | 6:30 pm

Looking for a way to manage stormwater on your property? 
Our Conservation staff will lead you through the process of building your own rain barrel to install on your property. All necessary tools and equipment will be provided.  Our October workshop filled up quickly, so we're happy to offer this additional opportunity, but spots are limited!
Don't miss your chance to attend, be sure to register today!
At the Conservancy
October 24th | 1:00pm

Looking for a fun afternoon with your favorite pre-schooler? Then check out our pre-school program for October: Black, Brown and Teddy Bears . Your teddy will join in the fun as you learn about the different kinds of bears around the world, visit the Black Bear Cafe and make a visit to the teddy doctor. Registration includes admission for one child, one adult and one teddy bear!
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And mark your calendar for these other fun and educational
events coming up this fall:
Animals of the Night on November 21st
and
Winter Wonders on December 12th
Throughout the Conservancy
January through June, 2020
Calling all high school students interested in the environment and conservation! We want YOU to join the Perkiomen Watershed Youth Conservation Corps (PWYCC)!
PWYCC is a service learning program that is held from January to June in which students work with the Conservancy to further our mission of conserving and protecting the land and water resources of the watershed. While helping the Conservancy achieve its goals, students also learn valuable conservation and outreach skills. Members participate in events like the Stream Clean-up, invasive species removal projects, canoe paddling sessions, and more.
PWYCC members meeting the program requirements are invited to attend the Perki-Bay Expedition, a 50-mile self-supported canoeing and camping trip. The expedition launches in Schwenksville and follows the Perkiomen Creek, Schuylkill River, and Delaware River to Fort Mifflin in Philadelphia. To learn more about PWYCC and apply for the program, visit our website!
2019-2020 Permit Year
To Our Municipal Partners:
It's time to renew your MS4 Membership with the Conservancy. Remember, we can help you fulfill MCM#1, MCM#2, and MCM#6 requirements for your stormwater program. We can also help you save money by working with your existing public works departments to install DEP approved Stormwater BMPs!
More Events Coming Up...
At the Conservancy
October 2nd & 9th | 7:00 pm
There are only two sessions left in our our Fall Yoga at the Perk series!
Join us at the Conservancy on Wednesday evenings from 7 to 8 pm. You can sign up for one or both sessions - it's a great way to give it a try! All levels are welcome!
Saturday, October 12th | 9:30 am
Don't miss the last wildflower walk of the season! Guided by Link Davis.

No registration required.
At Hawk Mountain Sanctuary
Sunday, October 13th | 9 am
"Fall" means migration and great hiking opportunities at Hawk Mountain. Join us for this choose your own adventure day on the mountain... you can bird all day on the North Lookout or hike the "Grand Tour Loop" and bird as you go! Don't miss it!
410 E. Walnut St, Perkasie, PA
Sunday, December 8th | 8:30 am
Our Winter Race Series kicks off with this fun 5K which features a flat course on paved trails, a long-sleeve cotton tee and a delicious brew to enjoy after the race! Registration is limited to 250 participants and our last three races have sold out, so don't delay!
Save the Dates for the rest of our Winter Race Series!!
Get training and mark your calendar for these great events!
  • December 8 - The Freeze-Up 5K at Free Will Brewing, Perkasie (registration now open!)
  • January 25 - Snowshoe 5K at Spring Mount
  • February 15 - Triple-Dam 10K and Dam Jr. 5K at Green Lane Park
  • March 22 - The Meltdown 5K at Free Will Brewing, Perkasie
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