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Celebrating Conservation
Since 1991 

Our Vision

To preserve natural, rural, and historic landscapes for Nature’s benefit and the enrichment of future generations.
Our Mission
Westmoreland Conservancy preserves, enhances, and connects land, habitat, and green space through acquisition, stewardship, and cooperation with local communities and other organizations.

Contact Us:

Westmoreland Conservancy

1 Priority Lane, Unit 446

Murrysville, PA  15668

724.325.5523

contact@westmorelandconservancy.org

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Interested in attending an event?
Please let us know by filling out the registration at

www.westmorelandconservancy.org/event-registration
We always look forward to seeing new faces and familiar friends! 

Upcoming Activities:


New Moon Star Party  07/05
Enchanted Evening Firefly Walk & Delta Aquarius Star Party 07/27
Hikes & History Poker Hunt 08/10
Perseids Star Party 08/10
Export Ethnic Food & Music Fest

08/17

Watch for our 2024 events
See our calendar!

PLUS

Birdwatching
Year-round Geocaching 

2024 Monthly Meetings: 

Delmont Public Library 7PM

July 24

August 28

Sept 25

October 23

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Enchanted Evening Firefly Walk Saturday, July 27, 8:30pm

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Another summer evening walk... A Family-Friendly Firefly walk. Who can resist a smile when seeing these magically glowing little bugs? We don’t catch them, but marvel at their light

show. And who knows.... There may be some pretty magical sights along the trail as well!

Join us at 8:30PM at the Universal Pedestrian Trailhead Kiosk for an evening walk along the trail to the pond and around to the fields. The longer you stay, the more fireflies you’ll see mingling with the fairies. The moon should be reasonably bright, being a not-quite-half-full crescent moon.

Afterward, we'll gather at the lower parking lot to watch the Delta Aquarids meteor shower (Star Party!)

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Hikes & History Poker Hunt 10AM - 2PM

A Family-Friendly Event

Saturday, August 10

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Visit Selected Historical Sites

&

Westmoreland Conservancy Reserves

to collect Playing Cards

Locations open at 10am. Begin at any of the 5 sites, visit as many locations as you can by 2pm, turn your poker hand in at the Tollhouse by 3pm.  Best hand wins!

 Snacks, games, and festivities at Tollhouse 

2 - 4:00pm

All participants are invited to enjoy the Sampson/Clark Tollhouse and Schoolhouse grounds after the poker hand is submitted  

Pre-Registration required before August 2, space is limited to the first 50 cars.    Email : HikesandHistory@gmail.com

or call 724-516-0126 to register

 

More details will be sent 

upon registration.

Presented by Westmoreland Conservancy, Murrysville Historical Preservation Society, and Export Historical Society

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Delta Aquarius Star Party

at the Morosini Reserve

Saturday, 7/27, 8:30pm

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A Saturday evening campfire at the Morosini Lot #1, the parking lot at the left side of the bend past the railroad trestle. (If attending the Enchanted Evening Firefly Walk as well, park here and walk up to the UPT kiosk by 8:30PM)

We can spend the evening watching for the meteors shooting across the sky. Bring along blankets or chairs, snacks and a sense of wonder. You never know what you might see while looking up! * THIS EVENT IS WEATHER-DEPENDENT!*

Register FREE:  www.westmorelandconservancy.org/event-registration 

 

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Star Parties
Summer Schedule

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We love sitting around the campfire and looking at the night sky.... Especially when we can do it with friends at the Morosini Reserve around a campfire at parking lot #1. Bring your own chairs or blanket and be sure to have tick repellent. You are welcome to bring your own telescopes and we invite local astronomy groups to join us.

These Star Parties are weather-dependent.

Cloudy, rainy evenings are obviously not great conditions for observing the night sky. Unfortunately, EVERY scheduled Star Party was rained out from our 2023 calendar, so it is with great optimism that we put out this list of gatherings to take place at 8:30PM at Morosini parking lot #1:

Saturday, 7/27, Delta Aquarids

Saturday, 8/10, Perseids

Sunday, 9/8, Saturn @ Opposition

Wednesday, 9/18, Supermoon &      Partial Lunar Eclipse

Autumn Enchanted Forest
Saturday, Sept 14
11AM - 1PM

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As Summer prepares to pass Autumn her paintbrush the woods are filled with leaves awaiting their glorious colors. The Fairies of the Fields are preparing for their slumber, stocking up on the last of the pollens and nectars and readying the next generation of wonders. 

Join us from 11AM - 1PM at the Universal Pedestrian Trailhead Kiosk for a walk along the trail to the pond and back. As always, we'll have a fun little craft at the Observation Blind as well.

Please remember to register so that we know how many to expect:  www.westmorelandconservancy.org/event-registration 

2024 Earth Day at the
Morosini Reserve

 

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Westmoreland Conservancy reserves are privately owned lands that are available to the public for permitted use

  • Dogs are to be on-leash, and waste is to be removed 

  • NO MOTORIZED VEHICLES aside from PEDESTRIAN mobility aids

  • PLEASE observe Leave No Trace sensibilities and take out out anything you bring in

  • DO NOT leave trash at the reserves

        https://lnt.org/why/7-principles/

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Tomer Hot Chocolate Hike
w/Murrysville Recreation

 

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Westmoreland Conservancy has always been happy to host geocaches and events at our reserves. we have cache trails designed to help explore unique features and areas of the properties. Some are even educational!

We invite you to get out and enjoy our reserves, and if you have a suggestion for or would like to help create a new cache trail on one of the properties not already boasting one, please reach out!

Birdwatching
at the 
Morosini Reserve

There is always an incredible variety of birds to observe at the Morosini Reserve. 

Why?

Because the 183-acre reserve boasts diverse habitat areas. You'll experience a shaded pond, dense woodlands, open fields, and edge habitat all within a 30-minute walk. if you take your time and observe closely, you'll see and hear all SORTS of birds, both migratory and local residents!

One never tires of seeing a beautiful cardinal or bluebird, but an indigo bunting, yellowthroat  or cedar waxwing is an exciting rush!

As always, you are invited to enjoy the reserve even without a guided event. Just please, leave no trace.

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American Woodcock

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Check out our Social Media Links

Facebook

Instagram

 

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2024 Members' Meeting &
Elections
Wednesday, April 24

Westmoreland Conservancy’s Annual Members’ Meeting and Elections were held Wednesday, April 24th, 2024. The meeting was held at the Delmont Public Library and on Zoom.

Two individuals had completed 3-year terms. Rob Bowman stepped down from the Board but will remain active within the organization. Shelly Tichy was elected to another 3-year term on the Board during the Members' Meeting. She and NEW Board member, Phillip Miller and NEW STUDENT Board member, Ella Stewart join Rob Malley, Bob Sloboda, Chip Brown, Alan Halperin and Lindsey Praksti on the 2024-25 WC Board of Governors.

The Organizational Meeting seated the 2024-25 Officers: 

Shelly Tichy - President

Rob Malley - Vice President

Chip Graham - Treasurer

Bob Sloboda - Secretary

Here's to another year of growth and great projects!

Share YOUR images from the reserves with us!  Visit our Facebook page 

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Westmoreland Conservancy is an all-volunteer, private 501(c) 3 non-profit organization committed to conservation. We are not affiliated with the Municipality of Murrysville, nor with Westmoreland County Government.

We do not receive taxpayer monies. Our organization is funded by our donors.

About

Westmoreland Conservancy preserves, enhances and connects land, habitat and green space through acquisition, stewardship, and cooperation with local communities and other organizations.

Our vision is to preserve natural, rural, and historic landscapes for Nature's benefit and the enrichment of future generations. Since 1991 Westmoreland Conservancy has protected more than 600 acres of land. 

Westmoreland Conservancy is devoted to conservation of land in Westmoreland County. We are an accredited 501c-3 non-profit organization.

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Reserves

Westmoreland Conservancy protects land and habitat in Westmoreland County. We are making our reserves even more people-accessible, and better for the wildlife inhabiting the area.

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westmorelandconservancy.org generously hosted by donation

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Get Involved

Becoming a volunteer provides a unique opportunity to contribute directly to protecting our region’s clean waters, natural areas, and sustainable local economies now and for future generations. You play an important role in conserving the waters, meadows, and woodlands of your community. You will meet wonderful people, too! Volunteering at the Conservancy is productive work, and it’s fun! 

Tell us what you would like to do: stewardship; special events; hikes; fundraising; website; newsletters/email news... contact us at the email address or phone number above! 

 

Donate

Donations to Westmoreland Conservancy help to protect and restore bird & wildlife habitat, and save special places of natural and historic significance. 

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