Upcoming Workdays

Help Us in the Park

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For more information or to volunteer in Wissahickon Valley Park, contact  Shawn Green, Volunteer Coordinator at green@fow.org or the FOW office at 215-247-0417.

Upcoming Workdays

Saturday, 9/22 - Invasive Removal Workday

Saturday, 9/22
9 – 1 pm
Meet at Upper Andorra Parking Lot

The Wissahickon is filled with a variety of beautiful plants. Many of them, unfortunately, are not native to this area and can cause a lot of harm. When an exotic species takes up shop in the park, they tend to grow & spread quickly, shading the ground so that nothing else will grow. This Saturday, we’ll be in beautiful Andorra Meadow removing some of these invasive plants in an effort to tip the scales in favor of our native species. Meet at the upper Andorra parking lot on Northwestern Avenue, off of Ridge Avenue. Parking is limited here, so consider parking near Northwestern Stables on the Chestnut Hill side and then walking up the road passed the Tree House.

Register Here!

Thursday, 9/27 - Morning Trail Work

Thursday, 9/27
9:00 am – 12 pm
Meet at Pachella Field

Join FOW on Thursday mornings for 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. We meet at Pachella Field at 9:00 and then head off to the work site.

Register Here!

Saturday, 9/29 - National Public Lands Workday: Andorra Meadow

Saturday, 9/29
9 – 1 pm
Meet at Upper Andorra Parking Lot

Come out to celebrate National Public Lands Day in one of the most unique parks within a major US city! For over a century, Wissahickon Valley Park has provided 1800 acres of green space for Philadelphians to escape to. All public lands, especially one as popular as the Wissahickon (we had about 1.3 million visits last year!) need volunteers to step forward to help maintain these spaces. This Saturday, we’ll be in the stunning Andorra Meadow working on trail restoration, improving drainage, and stabilizing tread. Come help make this amazing section of the park cleaner, more sustainable, and even more beautiful.  Meet at the upper Andorra parking lot on Northwestern Avenue, off of Ridge Avenue. Parking is limited here, so consider parking near Northwestern Stables on the Chestnut Hill side and then walking up the road passed the Tree House.

Register Here!

Saturday, 10/6 - Andorra Trail Work

Saturday, 10/6
9 – 1 pm
Meet at Upper Andorra Parking Lot

Andorra Meadow is one of the most beautiful places in the park. The open spaces attract a lot of different species of birds, many of whom nest in the bird boxes we’ve added to the meadow. 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. Meet at the upper Andorra parking lot on Northwestern Avenue, off of Ridge Avenue. Parking is limited here, so consider parking near Northwestern Stables on the Chestnut Hill side and then walking up the road passed the Tree House.

Register Here!

Saturday, 10/20 - Andorra Trail Work

Saturday, 10/20
9 – 1 pm
Meet at Upper Andorra Parking Lot

Andorra Meadow is one of the most beautiful places in the park. The open spaces attract a lot of different species of birds, many of whom nest in the bird boxes we’ve added to the meadow. 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. Meet at the upper Andorra parking lot on Northwestern Avenue, off of Ridge Avenue. Parking is limited here, so consider parking near Northwestern Stables on the Chestnut Hill side and then walking up the road passed the Tree House.

Register Here!

Saturday, 10/27 - Andorra Trail Work

Saturday, 10/27
9 – 1 pm
Meet at Upper Andorra Parking Lot

Andorra Meadow is one of the most beautiful places in the park. The open spaces attract a lot of different species of birds, many of whom nest in the bird boxes we’ve added to the meadow. 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. Meet at the upper Andorra parking lot on Northwestern Avenue, off of Ridge Avenue. Parking is limited here, so consider parking near Northwestern Stables on the Chestnut Hill side and then walking up the road passed the Tree House.

Register Here!

Saturday, 11/03 - TBA Workday

Check back soon for information on this Saturday’s work project!

Saturday, 11/10 - Fall Love Your Park Workday

Saturday, 11/10
9 – 1 pm
Meet at Mt. Airy Avenue Trailhead

Many of the older trails in the park have been identified as unsustainable, which means they erode easily, and often times weren’t built to properly drain water, which creates muddy trails. Earlier this year, we closed off a piece of unsustainable trail that had been rerouted with a beautiful new section of trail.  We are now ready for the fun, final phase in giving that old trail back to the forest: planting! Come on out and help us plant a slew of native trees and shrubs.

Register Here!

Saturday, 11/17 - Houston Meadow Trail Work

Saturday, 11/17
9 – 1 pm
Meet at Houston Playground

Houston Meadow is one of the most sublime and scenic places in the park – a favorite of hikers, bikers, equestrians, birders, photographers…and the wonderful variety of wildlife that live there. The open spaces attract a lot of different species of birds, many of whom nest in the bird boxes we’ve added to the meadow. Since this location is so well-used, the multi-use trail that runs through the meadow is often in need of maintenance. 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!

Recurring Workdays

Thursdays

Trail Maintenance 
Thursdays, 9:00 am – 12 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.