Cross Currents
September 2018
Message from the Director
All -

We have an action-packed line-up coming your way this fall. Our fall schedule begins this week with the Perkiomen Creek Sojourn... Take 2! This is sure to be the largest paddling event ever held on the Perkiomen Creek. To date 140 paddlers have signed up to be part of this epic event. We still have a few spots open, but they're going quick! Also, we are in need of some stellar volunteers... please consider donating your time and talent to make this the best Sojourn ever!

Next on the docket is the Perkiomen Plant-A-Thon. We have a load of great projects, and we need you! If you want to make a positive change in your hometown, then sign up for one of these great plantings. We're certain you'll have a great time and walk away with a huge smile!

Registration is now open for "A Night for Conservation: To Benefit the Perkiomen Watershed"! This benefit dinner, held at RiverCrest Golf Club and Preserve, takes place on Thursday, October 18th from 5:30 pm to 9:00 pm. This is the Conservancy's largest fundraising event of the year. All proceeds from this event benefit our award-winning education programs and our top-notch conservation initiatives. We sincerely hope you'll join us for this one-of-a-kind evening.

Be sure to scroll below as we have some great new opportunities including an adventure triathlon with the Philadelphia Rock Gym and a new native plant initiative with the PA Native Plant Society.

Finally, be on the lookout for the fall issue of "The Watershed: News from the Perkiomen". Members, you'll find this magazine in your mailbox next week!
Ryan Beltz
Executive Director
Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy
Towamencin Creek
Saturday, September 22 | 9:00 am to 2:00 pm
Fall is the best time of year to plant trees! We are taking advantage of that fact and will be hosting several general volunteer tree planting workdays this fall as part of our Plant-A-Thon event.   We are currently looking for volunteers to help us plant 150 native trees and shrubs along a tributary to the Towamencin Creek.  This volunteer workday will take place on September 22 nd  from 9 am – 2 pm.   All necessary tools and supplies will be provided so all you have to do is show up!  Interested in learning more or signing up?  Visit our website to reserve your spot today (hurry up, spots are filling up quickly!)

Can't make it on September 22?
Check out our other Plant-A-Thon dates:

Oct. 5th - Tree planting at Camp Wawa Park, Schwenksville
Oct. 13th - Tree planting at Pleasant Spring Creek, Perkasie 
Oct. 26th - Rain garden planting at E. Summit Ave., Telford
Oct. 27th - Rain garden planting at E. Summit Ave., Telford
Oct. 31st - Tree planting at the Conservancy, Schwenksville
(Halloween themed!)

Nov. 3rd - Tree Planting at Kriebel Rd., Lansdale

RiverCrest Golf Club and Preserve
October 18 | 5:30 pm to 9:00 pm

On October 18 th  the Conservancy will once again host our annual "A Night for Conservation Benefit" at RiverCrest Golf Club and Preserve! This delightful evening entails a locally supported Silent Auction, a lively Wine Ring Toss, a cocktail reception, raffles, a delicious buffet dinner and an environmental awards presentation honoring community members that support the Perkiomen Watershed. In addition to being a great time, the Benefit also serves as the Conservancy’s largest annual fundraiser. Proceeds from the Benefit directly fund our environmental education programs, conservation projects, and outdoor recreation events.

 Proceeds from the Silent Auction directly support the Conservancy’s award winning environmental education opportunities and our impactful, on-the-ground conservation projects.

At the Conservancy
Thursday, September 20 | 1:00 pm
Last week Summer Science Academy 2018 came to a close with a very adventurous group of students exploring the East Branch Creek! Thank you to all the parents who entrusted us with their children this summer- we had a blast!  Keep an eye on our website for the 2019 schedule - registration will open in January.  Our preschool science program will soon be starting up again with our first program scheduled for Thursday, September 20 at 1:00 pm. The topic will be rabbits and it is sure to be a hopping good time!

Thanks to all of the volunteers, participants, staff and board members who made the 2018 Perk to Pub a great success! Also a special thanks to our sponsors who made this event possible!

Upcoming Events...

Thursday, September 6, 2018
6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
@ the Conservancy
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!

Perkiomen Creek
Saturday, September 8, 2018
9:00 am to 3:00 pm
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!
Not a paddler but still want to get involved? Lend a helping hand to make the Perkiomen Creek Sojourn a huge success! All volunteers win a free lunch from Urban's Pizza

Saturday, September 15, 2018
9:30 am to 12:00 pm
@ Black Rock Sanctuary

Saturday, September 22
10:30 am to 3:00 pm
@ Oaks, PA
A triathlon-esque event, but super laid back. We’re combining some of our favorite activities into one, not-too-strenuous, fun-filled day. This is a pilot event so there's only 16 open spots... but who knows, you may see it next year as a main event!

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!
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