Volunteering & Community

There are many different ways to get involved with the Big Spring Watershed Association and help maintain the Big Spring as such a great community resource.

Spring and Fall Cleanups: We hold cleanups every spring and fall in which we pick up trash along the spring. We have been conducting these cleanups for over 15 years. West Pennsboro Township has generously provided a truck and crew to haul away the collected trash. Contact Linda Watson for more information at FishmoreKane@pa.net for more information.

Monthly Bird Walks: Want to learn more about Big Spring birds? Email Bill Franz at wlfranz1@yahoo.com and Vern Gauthier: verngauthier14@gmail.com. They are two local experts who lead bird walks along the spring on the first Saturday of every month. All are welcome to join the walk.

Bird and Pollinator Habitat: Throughout the spring and summer, volunteers weed and water the habitat at the corner of Big Spring and Nealy Roads. Contact our habitat coordinator for more information about volunteering.

Fly Tying Classes: In January through March BSWA holds fly tying classes on Tuesdays nights at 6:30. Learn to tie the fly that will catch the monster trout lurking in Big Spring. No experience is needed and BSWA will provide materials. Contact Linda Watson at fishmorekane@gmail.com for more details.

Hosting Project Healing Waters: Every September for over ten years the Big Spring Watershed Association has hosted Project Healing Waters. This is a national program that started at the Walter Reed Hospital in which wounded veterans learn to fly fish and are taken out onto the water by local fishing and conservation groups. BSWA volunteers serve as guides for the veterans. Everyone has a great time and the veterans really enjoy being outside and on the water. Contact Tom Smithwick at tsmithwick@mac.com for more details about the program.