Clubs & Organizations
Dunkard Creek is a stream that flows 36.9 miles through Greene County, PA and Monongalia County, WV, near the towns of Mount Morris, PA and Blacksville, WV. In 1995, the Dunkard Creek Watershed Association, Inc., was created with assistance from the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection in a statewide movement toward public stewardship of natural resources. Until then, most people seldom if ever considered the fact that they were living in a “watershed”. What is a watershed? A geographic area that contains a common outlet, such as a stream, river, lake or wetland, into which water drains. In Pennsylvania, the Greene County Watershed Alliance and Friends of Dunkard Creek provide stewardship for this two-state waterway.
The Greene County Conservation District staff and Board of Directors work to promote and protect the county’s natural resources. The District is committed to the protection, stewardship and conservation of the natural resources while maintaining a balance between the protection of the environment and the benefit of the landowners of the county. The District also promotes awareness of conservation practices while offering technical assistance to landowners and municipalities. It offers a first-line assessment of environmental complaints.
The core value of the Conservation District is that conservation works best when the people living and working in the area come together to collectively manage their natural resources.
The King Coal Association was formed in 1953. They formed to remember the history of mining in Southwestern Pennsylvania. They are a nonprofit and benefit three local organizations, Carmichaels Chamber of Commerce, Carmichaels-Cumberland Twp. volunteer fire company, and they help those in-need in the area.
The King Coal Association puts on the King Coal Show every year in August. The week-long event holds different events throughout the week, like a 5K race, the State Bituminous Coal Queen Pageant, a carnival, a car, motorcycle, and tractor show and different types of parades throughout the week.
Other coal show events are the annual golf outing that is held at Carmichaels Golf Club. Exhibits that share the rich mining history of Greene County. The Eastern Mining Collector’s show, where collectors show their collections of mining history.
The King Coal Show is about celebrating heritage, community, family, and the legacy of the Southwestern Pennsylvania coal mining industry.
Penn State Extension is a modern educational organization dedicated to delivering science-based information to people, businesses and communities. They provide the residents of Greene County high-quality education programs such as 4-H. Extension program teams consist of educators, associates and faculty that come together from various units when their expertise is needed. County residents can become members of a county council and help give a stronger voice to extension at the local, public level. Extension has volunteer opportunities available in different areas such as 4-H, the Master Gardener program, PROSPER, crop trials, farm visits and more.
The Ralph K. Bell Bird Club was started in Greene County in 2006. In the winter, the club documents local raptors and shares their findings with the Penn State University. Members of the bird club take part in the Great Backyard Bird Count, which takes place February 12 through the 15, and then reports the data to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. The club also gives away a yearly $1,000 scholarship to a high school senior or freshman or sophomore in college.