Enter the PHS ‘Tree of the Year’ Contest

The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society is hosting a contest to celebrate beloved trees.

Do you have a special tree that has touched you or your community? If so, PHS wants to hear your story!

Starting this Arbor Day — Friday, April 29 — enter for a chance to receive free tree care for the tree for one year from Bartlett Tree Experts.

The Tree of the Year Contest invites residents of all ages throughout the region to submit short stories, essays, or poems — of 200 words or less — and tell us why your tree is important to you or your community.

  • Entries must include a high-resolution photo (1- 2 MB) of the tree and feature one or more people who love it.
  • Entries can be submitted as poetry or prose — of 200 words or less.
  • All submissions must be received on or before June 1.
  • Please email entries to:
  • Voting will be open to the public online June 20 through July 20, 2016.

Click here for more information on the Tree of the Year Contest, a part of the Plant One Million campaign.

Volunteer Opportunities with MCCD

Celebrate Earth Day by signing up to volunteer at a rain garden planting or stream cleanup this spring!


Volunteers are needed to help plant native perennials, shrubs and trees in a newly constructed rain garden on Perkiomen Township property at 1 Trappe Road, Collegeville PA 19426.  Sign up to help at

Volunteer dates/times are:
Saturday, April 23 from 10am-2pm
Monday, April 25 from 1pm-5pm
Thursday, April 28 from 1pm-5pm


We are again partnering with Upper Merion Township on a Schuylkill Scrub litter cleanup event.  We will be cleaning in three Township park locations on Saturday, May 14 from 9am-12pm at the following sites:

Sweetbriar Park at 599 Hansen Rd, King of Prussia, PA 19406
Upper Merion Township Building Park at 175 W. Valley Forge Rd, King of Prussia, PA 19406
Walker Field at Old Fort & William Roads, King of Prussia, PA 19406

Register for the KOP Cleanup at

Volunteer to Help Track and Eradicate Spotted Lanternfly

April 19, 2016

The spotted lanternfly is an invasive insect known to be established in Eastern Berks County and portions of Montgomery, Bucks and Chester Counties.  This insect has potential to severely impact a number of agricultural commodities.  Attempts are being made to eradicate this insect in the affected area.

Residents of municipalities included in the quarantine are encouraged to sign up as volunteers to band trees to trap and destroy this insect on their property. To participate, you must own property with a confirmed population of spotted lanternfly, and have Ailanthus altissima (tree of heaven) trees.  Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture (PDA) crews will service other targeted properties where volunteers are not available.

Volunteers must attend a training session to participate.

For more details, click here.

SEPA Conservation Districts Announce A Spring Workshop

On May 24, 2016, the Southeast Pennsylvania Conservation Districts will hold an informative workshop dealing with NPDES Construction Permitting, PCSM, and Other State Requirements. It will be held at the Montgomery County Community College Science Center Theater.  For additional information about the Workshop or to register, please click here to download the flyer.

Mission Statement
To protect and improve the quality of life of the residents of Montgomery County and surrounding communities by providing, in cooperation with others, timely and efficient service, education, and technical guidance, for the wise use of our soil, water, and related resources.