2023French Creek Watershed Cleanup
Saturday, September 9th
REGISTER for the 2023 Cleanup
The trash weigh-in, collection and picnic will take places at the Cochranton Fairgrounds. Teams register for a specific location and collect trash in the morning then bring to the fairgrounds between 11am and 3pm. Corporate teams compete for the coveted traveling hellbender trophy and individuals, teams, schools, clubs and organizations are entered into drawings for cash prizes. The schools with the most participants can win a cash prize for their science program. Trash must be brought to the fairgrounds by 3pm to be considered for prizes.
**New This Year** T-Shirts will be available for pickup at the picnic after 11am on a first-come-first-served basis. 500 shirts will be available. No early pickups.
Since 1992, people who live, work and play in the French Creek watershed have been joining together once a year to show their love for the river and the land. That year a small group of FCVC friends decided to get together for a day, clean the river they loved by collecting trash, and celebrate with a potluck picnic after. They continued meeting annually and the event grew. By the late 2000s, corporate sponsorships and friendly competitions for participants were added. This included a small industrial scale to weigh trash loaned by a local business.
Fast forward a few decades, and the Cleanup has become the largest day of stewardship in the watershed with hundreds of volunteers and being FCVC’s largest fundraiser of the year. The funds raised at the event through the generosity of our corporate sponsors go toward ensuring we can care for the land we’ve conserved for generations to come.