Cross Currents
June 2019
A Message from the Director
The Perkiomen Creek Sojourn finally launched! We were thwarted last year due to an unprecedented amount of rain and were nearly flooded out this year... but we prevailed! This past Saturday nearly 150 paddlers took to the creek as we ventured from Schwenksville to Oaks on the beautiful and fast-flowing Perkiomen. A special thanks to the volunteers, safety boaters and sponsors who made this trip a grand success!

Next on the schedule is our Summer Science Academy. Don't put the brakes on learning just because school's out... Join us for one of our carefully crafted summer programs designed by our team of professional educators. We have opportunities all summer long... Learn More!

Looking for something new to do this summer... Check out Yoga at the Perk! This four week session explores the link between nature and yoga... AND helps tone those muscles for beach season!

The 3rd Annual Perki-Bay Expedition launches later this month. Our 20-person Youth Conservation Crew is ready to tackle the 50-mile route; but we need your help! We're committed to offering this experience free-of-charge to our youth and could certainly use a little support to cover the cost. Join the 50-Mile Club by donating $50, and as a thank you, we'll send you an officially logo'd expedition water bottle! Please Donate Today!

Finally, I've decided that I'm not spending nearly enough time on the water... Join me Monday, June 10th for an informal paddle around the Lock 60 loop in Phoenixville. We'll meet at Fitzwater Station at 5:30 pm, paddle, then finish with a burger and a beer. Bring your own boat, or you can borrow one of mine. Email me if you'd like to paddle.
Enjoy the weather, and I hope to see you at our next event!

Ryan Beltz
Executive Director
Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy
Schwenksville to the Delaware Bay
June 24 - 28, 2019
The infamous Perki-Bay Expedition is launching in less than one month! The Perki-Bay Expedition is a 5-day canoe trip in which members of our youth conservation corps paddle the Perkiomen Creek from Schwenksville to the Delaware Bay. Our 20 person team embarks on June 24th with the goal of generating increased community support for the protection of the Perkiomen Creek. The Expedition also serves as a hands-on learning experience for high school and college students interested in the environment and conservation.


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We need your support to help us paddle the 50 miles from the Perkiomen to the Delaware. Make a $50 donation and get an official expedition water bottle!

At the Conservancy
June 19, 26 & July 10, 17 | 7:00 to 8:00 pm
Join us for a four-week session experiencing the link between nature and yoga. Classes will be held outdoors (weather permitting).
All levels... beginners welcome!

We would like to extend our gratitude to the families and staff at the Goddard School of Collegeville for donating the proceeds of their “Root for Earth” silent auction to the Conservancy.  In an effort to increase awareness about reducing the use of single use plastics, the students of the Goddard school created beautiful pieces of art from recycled single use plastics. The families then bid on these works of art in a silent auction held around Earth Day at the Goddard school.  We are very honored to have been chosen to be the recipient of the proceeds of the auction and are impressed by the commitment of the Goddard school to teaching their students about caring for the earth. 

Thank you so much for your support! 

At the Conservancy
June 10 - 13 | 9:30 am to 11:00 am
Summer camp at the Conservancy kicks off in just a few weeks! 
First up is our four-day camp for our preschool friends and their favorite adult.  “Green Growing Things” will be held June 10-13 from 9:30 to 11:00 am. 
There are just a few spots left, so register now .    
And be sure to check out the other programs throughout the summer for pre-K up to 6th grade!
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!
Lake Delmont on the Unami Creek
June 15, 21 & July 12

European water chestnut season is upon us once again! Water chestnut is a non-native invasive aquatic plant that begins to appear in early June-August and threatens to take over our waterways if left untreated. This invasive plant forms dense mats on lakes, creeks and ponds making recreation difficult, and negatively impacting wildlife and water quality.

We need your help to successfully eradicate this plant from our watershed! Our target project for the 2019 pulling season is Lake Delmont on the Unami Creek. Volunteer for one of our pulling sessions and help make an immediate and positive difference!

Upcoming Work Sessions

Please contact our Conservation Coordinator, Jessie Kemper if you see water chestnut in a local water body. Early identification of an infestation is key to successfully removing this plant, so keep your eyes peeled when out on the water this summer!

Schwenksville to Oaks
June 1, 2019
Thank You Participants , Safety Boaters and Volunteers who made this past Saturday a fantastic day on the water! We had a great day with beautiful weather, almost 150 people on the water and lots of smiling volunteers on land helping out with lunch and adding to the fun.

Thanks to Isabelle's Kitchen for a delicious lunch and Cabin Craft Snowboard & Ski Shop for helping out with kayak rentals. Thanks to our sponsor PA Organization for Watersheds and Rivers (POWR) and a very special thank you to our long-time Premier Sponsor Keenan, Ciccitto & Associates, LLP! We truly could not have done this without your support!
More Events Coming Up...
June 15 | 9:30 am

Join us for one of our upcoming wildflower walks.

No advance registration required.
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