Since 1964, the Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy has worked to conserve and protect the natural resources of the Perkiomen Creek Watershed. Our Watershed encompasses 362 square miles (231,680 acres) and 55 municipalities in four Pennsylvania counties: Berks, Bucks, Lehigh and Montgomery.
The Conservancy's leadership in watershed preservation is unmatched! Our Award Winning Environmental Education and Conservation programs reach thousands of people each year. As a private 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, we are dependent on memberships, donations, grants and sponsorships.
Our goals are to “Educate & Inspire”, “Provide Tools for Action”; “Engage the Watershed Community” and “Increase Organizational Stability”.
The Environmental Education staff and volunteers conduct natural history and water resources programs that are designed to be hands-on and keep participants active and involved. School programs meet the various educational needs of children as young as three years old, expanding the knowledge and experiences with each age group through high school. Adults and children participate in the Conservancy’s “Out & About” Exploration Series. These guided workshops, walks and talks cover a broad range of topics and provide opportunities to explore many unique locations within the Perkiomen Creek’s watershed.
The Conservancy’s conservation projects provide opportunities for citizen actions and promote involvement by community residents who can help change their local landscapes through volunteerism. The premier stewardship event is the annual Stream Clean-up which involves over 700 volunteers working throughout the watershed to remove tons of trash, tires and debris from the many tributaries of the Perkiomen Creek. Conservation projects range from simple tree planting projects to more intense invasive plant removals and stream bank reconstructions. Currently, the Conservancy is committed to eradicating the European water chestnut from the upper reaches of the watershed before it becomes well-established. Addressing the impacts of stormwater is also a large part of the conservation program.
The Conservancy engages the residents and businesses of the watershed communities through a variety of special events. Businesses participate through sponsorships and in-kind services. Participants enjoy exciting events and opportunities to explore parts of the watershed that otherwise would they would not do on their own. Each event includes information about the Conservancy and the many wonderful natural assets of the Perkiomen Creek watershed.
What is a Watershed?
A watershed is a stream, creek, or river drainage area. It's boundaries are defined by the natural ridges separating one drainage basin from another.
What is a Conservancy?
A Conservancy is an organization or area designated to conserve and protect natural resources. The Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy's offices and property are used for Environmental Education classes by school groups, for Out & About Exploration classes by families, and for demonstrations of Rain Gardens, cisterns, and other stormwater management practices by our Conservation Coordinator. Enjoy one of these educational opportunities or check out other ways to support the Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy.