September 2019 Newsletter
Thank You for Making GVC's "30th on the Water" a Success!
On September 14th, we had the honor of spending the evening in Middle River, overlooking beautiful Frog Mortar Creek, with close to 300 people ! Many in attendance were there to cheer on our 2019 Hero of the Green, Charlie Conklin, and his 30 years of service to the Gunpowder Valley Conservancy. The evening's program was full of recognition and official proclamations by:

  • Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewksi
  • Baltimore County Chief Sustainability Officer Steve Lafferty
  • Baltimore County Councilwoman Cathy Bevins
  • Baltimore County Councilman David Marks
  • Jim Martin, GVC President
  • Lou Etgen, GVC Executive Director
  • Mare Cromwell, Mother Earth
View our Timeline Posters with GVC History Highlights to see how we have grown in the last 30 years.
Check out our GVC Event Raffle Winners!
The GVC raised over $30,000 to support environmental programs, outreach and education, a record-breaking year for the organization! Our silent auction, wine pull, wagon of cheer, and 50/50 raffle were wildly successful, with winners collecting their winnings, pictured above.

Thank you to Unity Reggae for the enjoyable tunes, and to Conrad's Ruth Villa for the beautiful location and wonderful service. Special thanks to our Event Committee led by Louise Miller.
We would like to acknowledge all of our 2019 sponsors and their generous support of the Gunpowder Valley Conservancy and its mission. We look forward to celebrating again in 2020!
Join us for Fall Tree Plantings!
Here at the Gunpowder Valley Conservancy we celebrate the arrival of fall with shovels, work gloves, and hundreds of native trees. All we need are some more smiling faces to help plant the trees! Please consider donating a few hours of your time to help make our reforestation efforts a success. Perfect for students, Scout troops, religious affiliation groups, corporate volunteer groups, families, individuals, and neighbors! Children ages 8 years and up must be accompanied by an adult.

We need 40 volunteers on Saturday, October 5th (Pine Ridge Golf Course, Timonium) and 35 volunteers on Saturday, October 26th (Bee Tree Preserve, Parkton).
GVC Continues to Grow
Our board continues to grow. Join us in welcoming two of our newest members!
Jonathan Lovell is a CPA with Gross, Mendelsohn and Associates. He received his undergraduate degree in accounting and an MBA in management, both from Loyola University Maryland. He grew up on a small farm in Frederick County, Maryland but has been a Baltimore area resident for the past 20 years. He enjoys trail-running, biking, and fishing with his family throughout the Gunpowder watershed and wants to help keep it clean and healthy for them and future generations. Read more .
Olivia Zug is a higher education professional with varied experience including admissions, student development, communications and outreach, social responsibility, and career services. She is currently the Assistant Director for Career Connections at Loyola University Maryland, where she advises students on their career development and builds relationships with employers. She studied Government and Politics at the University of Maryland College Park and is currently pursuing a Master's of Education in School Counseling at Loyola University. Read more .
Upcoming Calendar of Events
Drop by our Clear Creeks Project Open House this Sunday, September 29 to learn how you can benefit from adding native plants to your landscape. Hint: you can save money, beautify your property, and reduce pollution at the same time! We will be at Our Lady of Mount Carmel (1706 Old Eastern Avenue, Essex, MD 21221) from 10 am - 2 pm.
Saturday, September 28: Bayscape & Rain Garden Design workshop
Saturday, September 28: Tree Maintenance
Saturday, October 5 : Rain Garden workshop
Saturday, October 5 : Tree Planting
Sunday, October 6 : Tree Maintenance
Saturday, October 12 : Tree Planting
Sunday, October 13 : Tree Maintenance
Saturday, October 19 : Tree Planting
Saturday, October 19: Rain Garden workshop
Sunday, October 20 : Tree Maintenance
Saturday, October 26 : Tree Planting
Sunday, October 27 : Tree Maintenance
Make a Difference
Help us spread the word! The GVC is looking for two Watershed Restoration interns for September 2019-June 2020. This is a paid internship ideally for high school seniors or college students. Gain experience with rain barrels, rain gardens, tree planting, invasive plant removal, and more! Read full job description here.
What did you learn about in school today? Stormwater best management practices, of course! The GVC recently held two workshops for Baltimore County Public School students at Days Cove. Students worked with GVC staff to install rain barrels and practice designing a Bayscape garden.