Volunteer Service Days

Do you love Wissahickon Valley Park? Would you like to play a direct role in keeping this special place clean, maintained and sustainable for generations to come? Then come out and get involved in one of our many Volunteer Service Days! Our service days are fun, educational and provide a much needed service to the park, as well as introducing you to a lot of wonderful, like-minded park stewards. We provide the tools, gloves, and instruction – all you need to do is show up! Check out our upcoming service days below. For additional information, contact  Shawn Green, Volunteer Manager at green@fow.org.

 

Upcoming Volunteer Service Days

Thursday, 3/28 - Thursday Trail Work

Thursday, 3/28
9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Meet at Valley Green Inn

Join FOW on Thursday for a morning of trail improvements in the park! Work will consist of regular trail improvement projects including repairing drains and grade reversals, repairing sstonework narrowing widened trails, and emergency trail repairs.

Register Here!

Saturday, 3/30 - Cresheim Valley Trail Work

Saturday, 3/30
9 am – 1 pm
Meet at St. Martin’s Lane Trailhead

The Cresheim Valley is one of the most serene and beautiful areas of  Wissahickon Valley Park. Despite the Cresheim Creek flowing into one of the most popular places in the park (Devil’s Pool), this tranquil tributary is a quiet, less-known gem. The trail system along the Cresheim is in desperate need of attention – and you can help! This Saturday, we’ll be working on trail restoration, improving drainage, and stabilizing tread. Please join us for this fun day to help make this amazing section of the park cleaner, more sustainable, and even more beautiful.

Register Here!

Thursday, 4/4 - Thursday Trail Work

Thursday, 4/4
9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Meet at Mt. Airy Avenue Trailhead

Join FOW on Thursday for a morning of trail improvements in the park! Work will consist of regular trail improvement projects including repairing drains and grade reversals, repairing sstonework narrowing widened trails, and emergency trail repairs.

Register Here!

Saturday, 4/06 - Annual Philly Spring Clean Up

Saturday, 4/06
9 am – 1 pm
Meet at Bells Mill Road and Lykens Lane

Bell’s Mill Road is the only public road that descends into and out of the Wissahickon Valley. It sees a lot of traffic and unfortunately, a lot of trash. Join us for our seasonal clean up Bells Mill Road. With police and road flagger assistance, we will clean each side of the road from Ridge Ave to Forbidden Drive one side at a time.

Register Here!

Thursday, 4/11 - Thursday Trail Work

Thursday, 4/11
9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Meet at Valley Green Inn

Join FOW on Thursday for a morning of trail improvements in the park! Work will consist of regular trail improvement projects including repairing drains and grade reversals, repairing sstonework narrowing widened trails, and emergency trail repairs.

Register Here!

Saturday, 4/13 - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service (Rescheduled)

Saturday, 4/13
9 am – 1 pm
Meet at Thomas Mansion

This event was rescheduled from 1/21/19. Thomas Mansion in Germantown is a historic property built in 1869 by George Clifford Thomas and his wife Caroline Sheetz. The property, which once boasted beautifully landscaped gardens and a green house, needs lots of regular maintenance to keep from becoming overgrown. For each of the last two MLK days, we’ve worked on the mansion grounds by clearing the overgrown invasive plants along the driveway, a project we will continue on this year. We decided to reschedule this date, which is typically our Earth Day Service Day, as this is a perfect pairing to celebrate the legacy of Dr. King, as well as his leadership on environmental justice.

Dr. King once said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: what are you doing for others?” By volunteering at Thomas Mansion, we will be giving back to our park, it’s users, and the plants and animals that rely on it to live.

Register Here!

Thursday, 4/18 - Thursday Trail Work

Thursday, 4/18
9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Meet at Hartwell Lane Trailhead

Join FOW on Thursday for a morning of trail improvements in the park! Work will consist of regular trail improvement projects including repairing drains and grade reversals, repairing sstonework narrowing widened trails, and emergency trail repairs.

Register Here!

Thursday, 4/25 - Thursday Trail Work

Thursday, 4/25
9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Meet at Rex Avenue Trailhead

Join FOW on Thursday for a morning of trail improvements in the park! Work will consist of regular trail improvement projects including repairing drains and grade reversals, repairing sstonework narrowing widened trails, and emergency trail repairs.

Register Here!

Saturday, 4/27 - Annual Creek Clean Up and Talkin' Trash Picnic

Saturday, 4/27
9 am – 1 pm
Meet at Harper’s Meadow

FOW and our partners at the Wissahickon Valley Watershed Association need your help cleaning the Wissahickon Creek from top to bottom. This year, we will be working in the northernmost part of the park. After the cleanup, all volunteers are invited to join us for a picnic with our upstream partners.

Creek Clean Up from 9 to 11 am at Harper’s Meadow
Talkin’ Trash Picnic from 11 am to 1 pm at Fort Washington State Park

Register Here!

Saturday, 6/1 - SUPER MEGA VOLUNTEER SERVICE DAY!

Saturday, 6/1
9 am – 12 pm

Help Friends of the Wissahickon celebrate 95 years of conservation stewardship! We will be teaming up with our community partners to host volunteer opportunities at 10 different trailheads throughout Wissahickon Valley Park. Together, we’re going to make these entrances to the park more beautiful and welcoming for all who visit! Improvements will include cleaning up trash and recycling, removing invasive plants, and planting native trees and flowers.

Read more and register to attend one of the locations here!

Recurring Volunteer Service Days

Thursdays

Trail Maintenance 
Thursdays, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Meeting at various locations each week
Thursday mornings are dedicated to much needed trail work! Work will consist of regular trail maintenance projects including repairing drains and grade reversals, repairing stone work, narrowing widened trails, and emergency trail repairs.

Register for future Thursday work days on our events page!

Saturdays

There’s no better way to be friends than to help us in the park with trail maintenance, invasive weed removal, planting, and general clean-ups from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Locations vary by week.

“Friends of Friends”

Join Friends of Cresheim Trail to improve the trails in the Cresheim Creek area. These typically fall on the third Saturday of the month. For more information or to volunteer, contact Friends of Cresheim Trail at info@cresheimtrail.org or 215-715-9159.

Workday Tips 

What to Wear

  • Sturdy boots/sneakers.
  • Long pants. Who has time for ticks, poison ivy and stinging nettle?
  • Clothing that you don’t mind getting dirty!
  • Sun protection – a hat & sunscreen.

What to Bring

  • Your own reusable water bottle to help reduce waste.
  • Refreshments are usually provided at Saturday volunteer days, but volunteers are welcome to bring their own snacks.

Cancellation Details for Inclement Weather

  • Typically, we will work in a light rain or snow. (We’re tough like that.)
  • Workdays will be cancelled in the event of heavy rain or snow, thunder and lighting, high winds, etc. Visit FOW’s Facebook page or this page for updates. If the workday is cancelled it will be posted by 8 am.

Minors Volunteering

Teenagers between the ages of 14-18 may volunteer on our workdays with the signature of their parent or guardian on our sign-in/waiver form. Kids under the age of 14 may volunteer, but must be accompanied by an adult.