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, 7/14 - Houston Meadow Trail Work

Saturday, 7/14
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!

Thursday, 7/19 - Morning Trail Work

Thursday, 7/19
9:30 – 12 pm
Meet at Pachella Field

Join FOW on Thursday 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. Be sure to wear sturdy shoes, long pants, and bring a water bottle. We meet at Pachella Field at 9:30 and then head off to the work site.

Register Here!

Thursday, 7/19 - Afternoon Devil's Pool Cleanup

Thursday, 7/19
1 – 4 pm
Meet at Valley Green Inn

Join FOW for a regular clean up of one of the most beautiful (and popular) spots of the Wissahickon. Work will consist of collecting trash, separating recycling, and general maintenance of the area. Be sure to wear sturdy shoes, long pants, and bring a water bottle.

Register Here!

Saturday, 7/21 - Houston Meadow Trail Work (Part 2)

Saturday, 7/21
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 continuing 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, 9:30 am – 12 pm
Meet at Pachella Field
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. We meet at Pachella Field at 9:30 and then head off to the work site.

Devil’s Pool Clean-Up
Thursdays, 1 – 4 pm
Meet at Valley Green Inn
Thursday afternoons are dedicated to cleaning up Devil’s Pool, one of the most beautiful – but heavily used – areas of the park. We meet outside at Valley Green Inn at 1:00 before hiking to Devil’s Pool.

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.