Upcoming Workdays

Help Us in the Park


For more information or to volunteer in the Wissahickon Valley Park, contact Volunteer Coordinator Christina Anthony at anthony@fow.org or 215-247-0417, ext.351.

Upcoming Workdays

Summit Ave Trail Reroute
Saturday, 11/18 from 9:00am – 1:00pm
Meet at Summit Ave and the Yellow Trail 

We got a lot of work accomplished at the Summit Avenue reroute site this summer. The first segment of trail is almost completely machine cut; tons of rocks have been installed as chokes and retaining walls, a log ride started, and lots and lots of raking, shoveling, lopping, and trail finishing have been completed. That said, there is still lots to do such as more stone work, finish work, and trail building through a tough patch of wisteria. Not to mention a spur trail to design and build and a creek crossing to negotiate.

At Summit Avenue, the Yellow trail enters the road for 2/10th of a mile before reentering the woods at Old Line Road. This is dangerous and not enjoyable for the many cyclists, equestrians, and hikers who use this popular trail segment. This project will relocate The Yellow Trail so it no longer enters the roadway. Due to the scope and nature of this project, it is difficult to know exactly what tasks will need to be preformed each workday, so come prepared to help tackle a variety of trail building tasks. Parking is somewhat limited in this area. There is a small parking lot at Old Line Road and Summit Ave that quickly fills. A second option would be to park along the road where the Yellow Trail enters, while a third option would be to park up on Cathedral Road and Glenroy, and hike the Yellow Trail to the work site, about a 10 minute walk. 


Valley Green Spruce Up Workday
Saturday, 12/9 from 9:00am – 1:00pm 

Meet @ Valley Green Inn

The area around Valley Green Inn is one of the most popular spots in the park. Thousands of people every week spend time there snacking, feeding the ducks, meeting friends, and enjoying the ambiance which means the area tends to get “extra loved”. We had a successful first workday in December, but the second was canceled due to inclement weather. There is still plenty to do and plenty of help needed!

Blue Bell Trail Closures
Saturday, 12/16 from 9:00am – 1:00pm

The Blue Bell trail area is heavily trafficked and many social trails have been formed. We are going to be spending the morning closing the social trails and encouraging park users to stay on the main trail!


Workday Tips 

What to Bring

  • Sturdy boots/sneakers.
  • Clothing that you don’t mind getting dirty!
  • Your own reusable water bottle to help reduce waste.
  • Refreshments are usually provided at 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.

Recurring Workdays


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.


Join us for structure repair and construction from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information or to volunteer, contact Field Coordinator, John Holback at holback@fow.org or 215-381-2947


Join FOW on Thursdays for a morning of trail maintenance in the park! Work will consist of regular trail maintenance projects including repairing drains and grade reversals, repairing stone work, narrowing widened trails, and emergency trail repairs.  Meet at Pachella Field (6751 Henry Ave.) at 9:15am and plan on being on the trails starting at 9:30 and back at Pachella by 1pm. For more information or to volunteer, contact Volunteer Coordinator, Christina Anthony at anthony@fow.org.

Third Saturday of the Month

Join Friends of Cresheim Trail to improve the trails in the Cresheim Creek area. Meet at the entrance at Lincoln Drive and Allen’s Lane at 10 a.m. Wear sturdy shoes, and long pants and long sleeves to protect against poison ivy. Tools and gloves provided and coffee and snacks will be served. (Yum!) For more information or to volunteer, contact Friends of Cresheim Trail at info@cresheimtrail.org or 215-715-9159.