2019 Events

Saturday, June1 - Saturday, June 8

Streamside Care Workday

Saturday, June 1 ~ 9 - 11:30am

Join Lancaster Water Week to take care of our streamsides across the County. We will be planting trees, weeding and tending to native planting. All ages welcomed.

Lancaster has 1,500 miles of streams and rivers. Taking care of our streamside (riparian buffers) protects the quality of the water we drink, provides food and habitat for wildlife, preserves associated wetlands and replenishes our groundwater. Let's lead the way to protecting our clean water!

Registration is closed please contact Jenna Mitchell at 717-405-9687 for available site locations. 

Hosted by Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay

Saturday, June 1 ~ 10am - 3pm


Columbia River Park 

Join us at Columbia River Park to kayak the Susquehanna River, hike and bike the Northwest River Trail and paddle in the Student Leadership Canoe Classic competition. 

HIKE/BIKE 14-mile scenic trail connects the historic river towns and villages of Columbia, Marietta, Bainbridge, and Falmouth.

PADDLE Kayak the Susquehanna River.

CANOE CLASSIC a timed canoe challenge event for high school students age 14-18 present by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.  All canoes, life jackets, and paddles will be provided.  Must pre-register Register Here

The Susquehanna Riverlands Trail Festival is an all-weather event for the whole family.   See you on the trail!  

Hosted by Lancaster Conservancy, Susquehanna Heritage, Penn Medicine - Lancaster General Health, Chesapeake Bay Foundation and LCSWMA.

Herbal Spring Farmstead

Saturday, June 1 ~ 11am - 4pm

Connect with our habitat stewards at Herbal Spring Farmstead. Native plants will be available for purchase.  Special Lancaster Water Week hours for you to connect with the Lancaster Conservancy's habitat stewards and learn more about our Wildlife Habitat Program:

Saturday, June 1st, 11am to 4pm

Friday, June 7th, 1 PM to 8 PM 

Saturday, June 8th, 11 am to 4 pm

Hosted By Lancaster Conservancy's Community Wildlife Habitat Intiative 

Pedal to Preserve

Saturday, June 1 ~ 5am - 8pm

Cycle around your favorite parts of Lancaster County for a great cause!

Participate in Lancaster Farmland Trust's first ever VIRTUAL Pedal to Preserve (P2P) by taking your bike for a spin on your favorite back roads any time on June 1, 2019. Invite your friends, take the family, make a day of enjoying the outdoors and the beauty of Lancaster County's farmland.

Enjoy your ride knowing your entire registration fee is going to help protect the beautiful, productive farmland of Lancaster County!

Snap a few pictures of the scenes that keep you coming back to this route and share them with us on Facebook or Instagram using the #LancFarmland for a chance to win a gift card from Bicycle Barn LLC! 

Registration is required. All registrants will receive a Nalgene(R) water bottle.

Take A Hike! Climbers Run

Sunday, June 2 ~ 8 - 9am

Join Lancaster Conservancy’s Director of Education, Lydia Martin, to explore and learn more about the woods, water and wildlife that makes Climbers Run so diverse and special.  Lydia will share history, discuss current and upcoming projects that will enhance this preserve for youth and families.  Plan on getting your feet wet!

Hosted by Lancaster Conservancy

The North Museum

Sunday, June 2 ~ 12 - 5pm

Come visit The North Museum for a fun and educational day filled with several water themed activities. There will be activities throughout the museum to learn about the geography of our watersheds, stormwater, nature journaling, and more. There will also be an opportunity to visit the museum’s rain garden to learn about native species and pollinators. This is a great event to bring the whole family and learn about the importance of healthy habitats and clean water!

Hosted by The North Museum

Long's Park Summer Music Series

Sunday, June 2 ~ 7 - 10pm

Longs Park Music Series is a wonderful summer tradition in Lancaster County and Lancaster Water Week is so excited to be partnering with them as they kick-off their 2019 season.  Join the Lancaster Conservancy and Chesapeake Bay Foundation for a summer evening of music.  Free native trees will be distributed to patrons as part of the Keystone 10 Million Trees Partnership.


Musical Act Announced: We are so EXCITED!!  Music legend and founding member of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band John McEuen will be performing with his band the String Wizard’s.  John will be playing songs that span his entire career including the seminal album ‘Will the Circle be Unbroken’. 

Hosted by Longs Park Amphitheater Foundation, Lancaster Conservancy, Chesapeake Bay Foundation and Keystone 10 Million Trees Partnership


Monday, June 3 ~ 8am - 4pm

Connect with municipal leaders throughout Lancaster County to focus on stormwater and clean water.  This event is directed towards public works employees, elected officials and staff involved with MS4 compliance.

Hosted by Lancaster Clean Water Consortium

A Pioneer in Science: the Conestoga Study and the Woman Behind It

Monday, June 3 ~ 6 - 8pm

Dr. Bern Sweeney will present on the visionary ecologist and champion of environmental protection Dr. Ruth Patrick.  Her 1948 Conestoga study, which combined biological and chemical dat to assess the river's pollution level, was a major breakthrough in the study o freshwater science.

Hosted by Stroud Water Research, Millersville University and WETI

The Power of Water: Safe Harbor Dam Tour

Tuesday, June 4 ~ 9am,11am & 1pm

Harnessing the power of water into clean renewable energy is just part of what you will learn on your tour of the Safe Harbor Dam.  Other topics include history of the dam's power generation, grounds management, access to the river, fish lifts and much more.


Participants must preregister.

Hosted by Brookfield Renewable.

Clean Streams Farm Tour

Tuesday, June 4 ~ 5 - 8 pm

Take a ride throughout Oregon Dairy’s agricultural operation to learn how they take care of the stream flowing through their property.  End your evening with a BBQ picnic dinner as the sun sets over the farm.

Hosted by Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay

Rain Garden Open House

Tuesday, June 4 ~ 5:30pm - 7:30pm

Join the City of Lancaster and Lancaster Conservancy’s Community Wildlife Habitat Stewards to view and learn about this private residence transformation. Learn about the many benefits of rain gardens and native pollinator plants.


Bring your questions about how to size and design rain gardens, what plants to choose etc.  This will be at.a private residence in the city.  Details upon registration.



Native Plant Conference

Wednesday, June 5 through Saturday, June 8

Inspirational field trips, educational workshops, engaging topics of concern, native plant and book sale, and native plant merchandise – this is a conference you don’t want to miss. The purpose of this conference is:

  • to increase the knowledge, propagation, cultivation and use of native plants in the Mid-Atlantic and New England regions

  • to promote methods of land management and design that respect “sense of place” by preserving and restoring native species and natural processes

  • to engender an appreciation of regionally appropriate landscapes that are harmonious for people and nature. While the subject of the conference pertains to native plant communities, the spirit of the conference is to build human communities among a broad range of participants by designing a conference affordable to all; encouraging formal and informal exchanges of information, and providing opportunities for social interaction.

Hosted by Native Plants in the Landscape Conference and Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve

Conestoga River Sojourn

Wednesday, June 5th ~ Paddle 1: 3 - 7pm Paddle 2: 4 - 8pm

Join the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s Environmental Education Programs for a scenic paddle on the Conestoga River. Our adventure will begin at Millersville University and take us to the confluence of the Conestoga with the Susquehanna River at Safe Harbor. Canoes, life jackets, and paddles will be provided! No previous paddling experience necessary. Must be at least 11 years old to participate. All minors should be accompanied by a parent or guardian. 

Hosted by Chesapeake Bay Foundation

Chiques Creek Watershed Expo

Wednesday, June 5 ~ 5:30 - 8pm

Have fun and explore the creek at the Manheim Farm Show complex. It's fun and educational for the entire family.  

FREE ice cream & drinks
Water balloon launching
Rain barrel painting and raffle
Create a "fish print" t-shirt
Home composting workshop
Streambank fencing exhibit
Model Rain Garden and native plant display
Beekeeping & reptile exhibits
Fish "shocking"
Music by Songsmith

More details here

Exhibitors include Lancaster Conservancy, PA Fish and Boat Commission, Lancaster County Solid Waste Management Authority, Lancaster Environmental Center, Lancaster County Conservation District, Penn State Ag and Environmental Center, Lancaster County Beekeepers Society, Chesapeake Bay Foundation, and more.

We all live downstream!

Hosted by Chiques Creek Watershed Alliance

Take A Hike! Pinnacle to Kellys Run

Wednesday, June 5 ~ 5:30 - 7:30pm

The Conestoga Trail provides some of the best single-track hiking trail experience in Lancaster County as it traverses the rough and scenic River Hills Conservation Area (comprised of 7 Conservancy-owned nature preserves). Join Brandon Tennis, Director of Stewardship, for a tough and strenuous 2-mile hike from Pinnacle Overlook to Kellys Run via the Conestoga Trail; stand on some rock outcrops, dip into some cool pools, and learn how to loop back to your original trailhead without repeating a path… and with the right climate conditions we just may catch a magnificent rhododendron bloom! Again, this is a strenuous (but wickedly fun) hike.


Hosted by Lancaster Conservancy

Healthy Soils & Healthy Streams Breakfast

Thursday, June 6 ~ 7:30 - 9:30am

Join us to discuss the ag sector’s role in restoring healthy streams to Lancaster County. Both business professionals and farmers are invited to gather to learn about Lancaster County’s water quality challenges and the important soil health practices that can be implemented to improve both productivity and stream health. Steve Groff of Cover Crop Champions will be hosting the event on his farm and sharing his vast experience and passion for soil health. 

Hosted by Stroud Water Research Center, Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, Lancaster Ag Council, PA No-Till Alliance and Lancaster Chamber

Conestoga River Snorkeling

Thursday, June 6 ~ 6 - 8pm

There is amazing life in our rivers and streams and the best way to experience that life is by snorkeling!  We will meet at Poole Forge where we will gear up and get into the Conestoga to explore this historic river from beneath the surface.  All gear and instruction will be provided, and in water guides will ensure your experience is safe and enjoyable. Participants should wear bathing suits, and shoes that can get wet and stay on feet (no flip flops), bring towels and a change of clothes. Age 10 and up. Adults are encouraged to participate. Limited to the first 20 who sign up.

Hosted by Freshwater Journeys and North Bay

Falmouth Forest Garden Workday

Thursday, June 6 ~ 3 - 7pm

In 2018, the Conservancy embarked on a unique Stewardship journey: the creation of an edible forest garden in the floodplains of the Susquehanna River, along the Northwest River Trail.  Together with volunteers, we planted hundreds of native trees, shrubs and flowers, and seeded several acres of former agricultural land to create the Falmouth Forest Garden.  Join us to help care for this burgeoning project.  We will prune back invasive plants in and around the Forest Garden.  We will also pull weeds, spread woodchips, and work to further enhance this exciting project.  

Hosted by Lancaster Conservancy

Green Infrastructure Bike Tour

Thursday, June 6 ~ 5 - 7pm

Get a firsthand look at how the City of Lancaster is transforming its streets, parks, commercial and private properties to capture stormwater while making the City more livable for everyone.  The tour begins and ends at The Fridge where everyone is invited to enjoy Crick or Creek Water Week IPA by St. Boniface.

Hosted by City of Lancaster and The Fridge.

Native Plant Conference - Native Plant Sale

Friday, June 7 ~ 4 - 9pm & Saturday, June 8 ~ 8am - 12pm

Over 10 vendors from the Mid-Atlantic region offer native trees, shrubs and perennials available for sale.  Books and other information available.


Marauder Hall, Millersville University, 21 South George St. Millersville, PA 17551

The American Garden: A Life or Death Situation - Neil Diboll

Friday, June 7 ~ 7pm

The American Garden is evolving from a creation solely for the enjoyment of its owners and tenders, to becoming a biodiverse refuge for the native plants and animals with whom we share the planet. The wholesale conversion of our wild places into chemically-soaked farm crops, industrial parks, commercial centers, and housing for humans has supplanted the homes that once supported a diversity of native plant communities.  

Neil will discuss how creating native landscapes that require few if any chemicals and toxins are the future landscapes of necessity, as “Joint Ventures with Nature” in our cities and suburbs. Our very survival will depend upon it.  

Hosted by Native Plants in the Landscape Conference and Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve

First Friday in Downtown Lancaster

Friday, June 7 ~ 6pm - 10pm

Join us in Downtown Lancaster at Heritage Square for our Water Week art installation

Visit us at various spots throughout downtown Lancaster.

Mio Studio, 154 N. Prince St.  - Handcrafted jewelry.   Percentage of sales goes back to Lancaster Water Week.

Foxduck, 11 W. King St. -  Print shop featuring Lancaster Water Week Tshirts.

Shot and Bottle, 2 North Queen St. - Enjoy Crick or Creek Water Week IPA by St. Boniface.

Science Cafe @ Lancaster Science Factory, 454 New Holland Ave - Learn more about rain barrels and participate in a group rain barrel painting project. 6-9pm

Hosted by City of Lancaster, Atlee Hall, Nimblist and Lancaster Conservancy

Rain Barrel Painting

Friday, June 7 ~ 6 - 9pm

Join us at the Science Factory and help paint two rain barrels that will be raffled off later that night.  PCAD students will layout a pattern on each rain barrel to help guide us.  While your painting learn the importance of rain barrels anyhow they can help manage stormwater run off.

Hosted by The Jr. League of Lancaster, PCAD & the Lancaster Science Factory

A Guide to Restoring the Little Things that Run the World - Doug Tallamy

Saturday, June 8 ~ 9 - 10am

Insect populations have declined 45% globally since 1974. The most alarming part of this statistic is that we don’t seem to care, despite the fact that a world without insects is a world without humans! So how do we build beautiful landscapes that support the pollinators, herbivores, detritivores, predators and parasitoids that run the ecosystems we depend on? Tallamy will remind us of the many essential roles insects play, and describe the simple changes we must make in our landscapes and our attitudes to keep insects on the ground, in the air and yes, on our plants.

Hosted by Native Plants in the Landscape Conference and Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve

Conestoga Clean Up

Saturday, June 8 ~ 9 - 11am

Join us at one of ten locations along the Conestoga River to remove as much trash and litter as possible! Bring your waders and volunteer for the morning to help us work towards a cleaner, safer, and more beautiful Conestoga River! From 9am to 11am volunteers will clean up debris in and along the river with a goal of filling up as many dump trucks as possible! Then, join us at noon for a FREE after-clean-up lunch to celebrate the day at Lancaster County Park!  

Hosted by Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, Eurofins, LCSWMA and the City of Lancaster 

A Day On Lititz Run

Saturday, June 8 ~ 1 - 4pm

Join the Millport Conservancy for a family friendly event to explore a fully restored stream in all it beauty. Local experts will be on hand from Donegal Trout Unlimited to teach fly casting, explore the native tree and shrub nursery and participate in stream studies with the Lancaster Conservation District. 

Hosted by Millport Conservancy, Donegal Trout Unlimited and Conservation District

Rock Lititz - Water Week Celebration

Saturday, June 8 ~ 4 - 8pm

Come together with all the people and organization that made Lancaster Water Week Music, Beer, Food, Fun! What else do you need to know? Rock Lititz is also a beautiful state of the art Stormwater Best Management Practice (BMP) that includes a 17acre floodplain restoration. Join all of our Water Week partners as we celebrate!

Hosted by Exelon, Rock Lititz, Fetish, Land Studies and Lancaster Conservancy

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