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Cross Currents
April 2018
Your Membership Matters!

We're committed to giving you the one thing that no one else can... 
hands-on opportunities for conservation and environmental education right here in your own hometown! 

With this sentiment in mind, I ask you for two things this April. 
  • Join us for the annual Perkiomen Stream Clean-Up on April 7th. This event is the largest one-day stream clean-up event in the region! Currently, over 900 of your friends and neighbors have already joined the fight against pollution in our streams and watercourses... and just last week we received a pretty special sign-up... Patrick McDonnell, the Secretary of the PA Department of Environmental Protection, signed up to join us for the 2018 Perkiomen Stream Clean-Up!
  • Become a Member of the Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy -The Conservancy is a member-driven non-profit organization. That means we rely completely on you, your friends and your neighbors to help us complete our mission of land and water conservation throughout the Perkiomen Valley. 

The simple truth is that we need you 
to help make 
2018 our best year yet! 

Ryan Beltz
Executive Director
Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy


When: Saturday, April 7th  from 9 am - 12 pm 

Where: At over 70 sites located throughout the Perkiomen watershed.

What: Removing trash, tires and other debris from regional waterways!

Why: To protect our local streamside habitats.

Who: You and your family, friends and co-workers! 

How: Sign-ups will be open until Wednesday, April 4th  so be sure to reserve your spot soon.  Sign Up Here Today!  

We have a record-breaking 900 volunteers registered so far!  Come out and be part of the largest stream clean-up in Perkiomen history! 


The Conservancy is currently working to make the Perkiomen Creek a certified Pennsylvania State Water Trail and we need your input!

If you haven't already done so, please take a few minutes to fill out the survey.
We need a little help from you to make this project a big success!

There's still room in the...

The Lenape Solo Challenge is a unique adventure race that combines   5 miles of off-road running with 2.5 miles of paddling on the Perkiomen Creek. The course starts at the Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy in Schwenksville and takes you on a romp through fields, woods and up over the slopes at Spring Mount. After a wicked climb and maddening decent, you'll hit the Perkiomen Creek for an epic 2.5 miles of boulder dodging and rapid running in a solo kayak. You'll finish the race with a dash to the  finish!

Space is extremely limited for this pilot category. So don't wait!

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The Lenape Survival Challenge is the first event in the  Trifecta Adventure Series.  The Challenge is followed by the Perkiomen Creek Sojourn on June 2, 2018 and the Perk to Pub Bicycle Adventure on August 18, 2018. To be part of the Trifecta, Participants can do all three events or can do any combination of participation and volunteering. The series culminates in a pub party at Appalachian Brewing Company in Collegeville. All who complete the series have a chance to win BIG! 

Volunteers are needed to help with the
Conservancy's Lenape Survival Challenge on Saturday, April 21st!  This popular and exciting event is a good time for all ages. 
With opportunities ranging from passing out
t-shirts and helping out with timing the race to assisting racers at water stops, directing traffic, and helping with cleanup - the choice is yours.  As a thank you for your time, you will receive a volunteer t-shirt and an unbelievable experience to enjoy the beauty of the Perkiomen Watershed.

Spots are open from 7:00 am to 1:00 pm.  View all volunteer assignments and hours and then  choose your spot online today!   We hope to see you on April 21!


Remember that participating as a Lenape Challenge volunteer
also counts towards the Perkiomen Trifecta Adventure Series!


Benefit your local environment and beautify your yard by attending
the   Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy's Native Plant Sale  on 
Saturday, May 12th from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm  
at the Peter Wentz Farmstead.

Native plants are aesthetically pleasing, but they also provide habitat for local wildlife, assist in preventing soil erosion, help filter water, and so much more! 
The Conservancy will be selling over 130 different species of native ferns, flowers, vines, and grasses.   You will also have the opportunity to purchase a variety of  native trees and shrubs from Behmerwald Nursery.
downspout planter

The Native Plant Sale will also feature a free 
Wildflower Walk beginning at  9:30 am  and a Downspout Planter Workshop beginning at 1:00 pm.

For more information check out the link below:

Children ages 3-6 years and their favorite adult are invited to join us on Thursday, April  19  at 1 pm for our "Earth Day Special" program. 

Every living thing needs clean water, fresh air and food and shelter to survive. What can young learners do to help take care of such a large place?  Join us as we examine the role of two very important tools: knowledge and caring. These tools make young learners feel empowered to help protect our precious earth.
Register Today!

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Also, don't miss your chance to register your child
for the Conservancy's  Summer Science Academy
camp for children from kindergarten through 6th grade.
Space is limited, so reserve your spot today! 

Join the adventure on  Saturday,  June 2 at 9 am as we paddle a
seven mile stretch of the Perkiomen Creek from Schwenksville to Oaks.

photo by Jerry Snyder
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!

The Perkiomen Creek Sojourn sold out last year... so don't wait!

March Meltdown

The first ever March Meltdown 5k in Perkasie was cold and snowy... and EPIC!

Thanks to our wonderful volunteers and the 185 runners and walkers who made this event a success!  Also, a special thanks to Free Will Brewing Company , Eric and Christopher, Pretzel City Sports, Perkasie Borough Police Department, Perkasie Borough and Sellersville Borough for all of their support!

  Upcoming events:

Saturday, April 14, 9:00 am

Build your own rain barrel! 

Saturday, April 14, 9:30 am

Join us on our first wildflower walk of the season.

tree hugger coffee
Don't forget to pick up 
your bag of 
Tree Hugger Coffee

Remember... the proceeds of each sale directly support the mission of the Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy.

Thank you to our

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