Riversongs: A PopUp Summer Music Festival
Elk Creekside at the Millheim Fire Hall Fairgrounds
Saturday, July 24 | 3:00 – 7:00PM

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What is PVCA ?

The Penns Valley Conservation Association seeks to foster an engaged community that preserves our rural way of life while protecting our natural environment.  PVCA’s Mission is to serve as a steward for the natural and cultural communities in the Upper Penns Creek watershed, seeking to preserve and honor the agricultural roots of Penns Valley by protecting and conserving its waters, farmlands, forests and rural heritage. PVCA is a 230 household member organization.  We envision an engaged community, where growth is balanced with support for healthy natural systems that foster the local economy. Our valley has dark night skies, clear streams, healthy forests, prosperous farms, and local jobs.

What Next?

If you are interested in PVCA news – here and now – see our Facebook page.

For more in-depth information about our environment, our community, and our organization, continue browsing.

Navigating the PVCA Web site

The web site has three levels, navigated through the Organization and Return menu items:

  • Welcome Center – the level you are on, provides highlights and an overview of PVCA function, activities, and results.
  • Front Office provides details of our projects and activities.
  • Back Office provides working materials and functions for PVCA members responsible for specific areas of activity. Access to this level is restricted.

See Site Map for a structured view of the site with links to areas. It serves as a Quick-Start Guide and a road map of the site’s overall structure.

Or, continue browsing by scrolling down or following the menus, above.

News and Events

Folk songRiversongs: A PopUp Summer Music Festival
Elk Creekside at the Millheim Fire Hall Fairgrounds
Saturday, July 24 | 3:00 – 7:00PM

Outdoors and socially distanced!

  • Great Music sponsored by Keith Early Painting will feature Eric Ian Farmer and The Triple A Blues Band
  • Local Food
  • Beer & Spirits Raffle Drawing
  • 50/50 Raffle
  • Door Prizes

Watch for details in the e-blast, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Proceeds benefit the PVCA Education programs in PV schools.

Bike the Watershed
A Self-Guided Tour of a Few of
PVCA’s Watershed Projects

Bring your bike and tour several of PVCA’s Riparian Buffers and witness what impact they are having on the wildlife, the land, and the water quality. Map and information about each site are available below in both Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF format.

On this tour, you will see several sites including:

  • Manicured to Managed: See how Willow Springs Farm is creating space for native trees and meadow plants.
  • Planting for Healing: See the Elder Grove planted by herbalist Sarah DePasquale and the rows of native medicinals and berries.
  • Keep the Cows Out: See the stream bank fencing along Pine Creek’s tributaries at four farms along the route.
  • Thousands of Trees: PVCA has created a young forest at Cemetery Road. See the colorful flags denoting alders and locusts that have turned this open field into a songbird haven.

Microsoft Word version
Adobe PDF version

You can view and download the GPX file of the route here on Gaia.

To use this folder in Gaia GPS:

  1. Open the link above on your computer.
  2. Make sure you are logged in, and click “Add to My Folders” in the top left corner of the folder page.
  3. Open Gaia GPS on your mobile device, and the folder will sync to your app if you are logged in.
  4. If the folder contains any large Map downloads, you should “Resume Download” for the Maps. To do that, select the new Folder from your Folder list in the app, then select Resume Download for Maps listed in the folder.

You can also view and download the GPX file of the route here on Strava.

** Special thanks to Kat Alden and Bill Torretti for biking/mapping the route for us!


  • The next monthly PVCA Board Meeting will held Thursday, July 8th beginning at 6:30pm.
    Due to the nature of the COVID-19 outbreak, this meeting will be held with each member attending remotely via the Zoom platform.

PVCA Calendar


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The PVCA Newsletter began in 2005. Published seasonally, it has appeared from two to four times a year.

The current Newsletter is displayed here. Issues back to 2016 are available, below. Other PVCA publications are available through the PVCA Community Outreach Committee, which may be accessed through the Organization: Detailed menu,  above.

Previous Newsletters

2020 – Fall/Winter

2020 – Spring/Summer






 20-20 Insights

Impressions of Penns Valley


Winter Slides to Spring,
Once Familiar, Now Unknown . . .
Hold to Sights and Sounds








We hope you are out and about in the wilds of Penns Valley! We are so lucky that we have this beautiful outdoors to enjoy during this time of social distancing and isolation. Do you love to capture the beauty that surrounds you? The Penns Valley Conservation Association (PVCA) invites you to share your experiences with us through photos, videos and sound recordings, to spread the enjoyment of your experience with those who may not be able to get out, to preserve and share memories, and to celebrate the beauty and wonder that is Penns Valley.

Send your favorite images, videos, and audios from the Valley to us at insight@pennsvalley.net


Ways to Support PVCA



We’re delighted that you are interested in supporting PVCA. You may do so in several different ways:

Become a Member

PVCA offers three categories of membership:


Please join us using one of these membership categories.

Make a Donation

You may contribute to PVCA at any time, regardless of whether you are a member or not. When you do, you may also direct your donation to particular PVCA activities.

Subscribe to PVCA Electronic Communications

No cost way to subscribe to PVCA electronic communications, including news, announcements, and our newsletter.

Become a Sponsor

To support our mission, we offer sponsorship opportunities for specific events, programs, and operations. Most of our sponsors are also members – Individuals, Businesses, or Organizations, be we welcome those who simply want to help us with a specific activity.