Cross Currents
June 2018
Message from the Director
All -

The weather certainly has been interesting this spring, and true to form, the weather wasn't particularly cooperative last weekend for the Perkiomen Creek Sojourn. Due to the PROJECTED flooding for last Saturday, we decided to postpone the Sojourn until Saturday, September 8th. The good news is that you have time to round up a few more friends for paddling down the Perk... now let's just hope for enough water in the creek!

In a few weeks our youth Conservation Corps members embark on the Second Annual Perki-Bay Expedition. This year the focus will be water quality in the Perkiomen Creek. This expedition is one-of-a-kind and certainly makes a lasting impact on every youth who participates. Please consider donating to support our youth as they paddle the Perkiomen Creek, out the Schuylkill River and down the Delaware. These youth are our future environmental leaders... help them connect to the resources that sustain all of us!

The Conservancy's Summer Science Academy begins this week. The academy kicks off with a week of preschool science followed by a succession of programs for all ages. Turn your child's summer into a learning opportunity... nothing beats hands-on experiential learning and our educators know just how to engage your young learner.

Also, be sure to check out our volunteer opportunities. Our conservation team is ramping up for a busy water chestnut season, and they can certainly use your help in our various rain garden and planting projects. Email our team to find out how you and/or your group can volunteer this summer!

Last, be sure to sign up for the Third Annual Perk to Pub Bicycle Adventure on the Perkiomen Trail. This event was a sell-out last year... so don't wait!!

I hope to see all of you at one of our great summer events!
Ryan Beltz
Executive Director
Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy

Perkiomen Creek to the Delaware River
June 25th - June 29th
Support the most unique youth adventure initiative in
southeastern Pennsylvania! 

The Perki-Bay Expedition is a 5-day, 50-mile, self-supported, paddling expedition where the Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy's youth conservation program members paddle from the Perkiomen Creek in Upper Montgomery County to Fort Mifflin on the Delaware River.

The goal of the expedition is to raise awareness for the coming Perkiomen Creek Water Trail and for the Conservancy's new Water Quality Monitoring Program. Proceeds from the trip support our youth programs and the Perkiomen Creek Water Trail.
Donate $50 to support the expedition and receive your official "50 Mile Club" Tee!
All the cool kids are doing it... you should too!

We're Hiring an Outreach Coordinator!
The Conservancy is growing by leaps and bounds and we need an Outreach Coordinator to help manage our marketing, events, membership and volunteer programs. If you like working with people, consider yourself an excellent event planner and have great computer skills, then this job is for you!
This is a part-time salaried position with a somewhat flexible schedule, but does require some evening and weekend work.

At the Conservancy
June through August
As the end of school approaches, so does the end of a very busy spring field trip season here at the Conservancy! We had the privilege of working with students from Perkiomen Valley, Methacton, Spring-Ford, Upper Merion, North Penn, Souderton and Quakertown school districts!  We are grateful to the teachers for choosing the Conservancy as a partner in the environmental education of their students. 
Next week, our public summer science camp programs kick off with “Summer Sense-sations” for our preschool friends. This week is full, but we still have openings in some of the other sessions. 

Don’t let your child miss out on these fun and educational programs!   

The Conservancy’s Conservation Team is looking for volunteers to join us in maintaining local rain gardens!

On Friday, June 15th, from 12PM-3PM, our team will be maintaining a rain garden that was constructed last fall in Harleysville’s Robert Clemens Bucher Park. The address for Bucher Park is 411 School Lane, Harleysville.

On Wednesday, June 20th, from 1PM-4PM, our team will be doing some maintenance at two different rain gardens located in Schwenksville’s Meadow Park. The address for Meadow Park is 300 Main Street, Schwenksville. Please email our Conservationist, Beth Myers, at to participate in our rain garden maintenance! We hope to see you at the gardens!

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, negatively impacting wildlife and water quality.

We need your help to successfully eradicate this plant from our watershed! Please contact our Conservation Coordinator,
Jessie Kemper at 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!
Bellewood Golf Club
Monday, July 9, 2018
11:00 am
Need a good excuse to skip work?
Join the Conservancy and the Collegeville Rotary Club as they jointly host the Fourth Annual Golf Outing at Bellewood Golf Club!
Green Lane Park to ABC Collegeville
Saturday, August 18, 2018 | 9 am to 1 pm
Join us for the three best things about the Perkiomen... the Perkiomen Creek, the Perkiomen Trail and the Perkiomen Porter!

Begin your 13-mile Perk to Pub Bicycle Adventure at  Green Lane Park  in upper Montgomery County. Follow the Perkiomen Trail over the beautiful Unami Creek and past the Philadelphia Folk Fest. Cross the old railroad bridge high above the Perkiomen, then switch into your lowest gear for the climb over Spring Mount. Roll on up to  Perkiomen Bicycles  in Schwenksville for a cool drink. Finally, coast past East Branch Creek and into Collegeville for a pub party at  Appalachian Brewing Company!

What could be better than bikes, buds, and brews along the Perkiomen Creek on a hot summer Saturday?!

Not a biker but still want to get involved? Lend a helping hand to make the third annual Perk to Pub a huge success! All volunteers earn a free brew at ABC!!
Upcoming Events...

Saturday, July 21, 2018
9:30 am to 12:00 pm
@ Mill Hill

Due to some unfortunate weather forecasting... the 2018 Perkiomen Creek Sojourn has been postponed until September 8th!
Couldn't make the trip in June... how about September?
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!
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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is dependent in part on donations, grants, memberships and sponsorships.
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