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, 11/21 - Thursday Trail Service

Thursday, 11/21
9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Meet at Gypsy Lane Parking Lot

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 stonework narrowing widened trails, and emergency trail repairs.

Register Here!

Saturday, 11/23 - Bells Mill Fall Clean Up

Saturday, 11/23
9:00 – 1:00 pm
Meet at Lykens Lane & Bells Mill Road

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 fall clean up on this highly traveled 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. For this clean up, we are very excited to be partnering with the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics and REI.

Register Here!

Tuesday, 12/03 - Clean Up for Giving Tuesday

Tuesday, 12/03 
1:00 – 3:00 pm
Meet at Janette Street Trailhead

Giving Tuesday is a global generosity movement unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and the world on December 3, 2019 and every day. Along with seeking fundraising, FOW is celebrating Giving Tuesday with a much needed clean up in the park! Come out and help us remove litter from this cherished green space. Be sure to wear sturdy shoes, long pants, warm layers, and bring a water bottle.

Register Here!

Monday, 1/20 - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service

Monday, 1/20 
9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Meet at Thomas Mansion

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 also planted about 20 native trees at this location this past fall, so we will need to clean up the area around them to ensure they are safe and thriving.

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!

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.

Clean Ups
Thursdays, 1:30 – 3:30 pm
Meeting at Valley Green Inn
Would you like to be part of keeping Wissahickon Valley Park clean and beautiful? Then join FOW on Thursday afternoon for a regular cleaning of the most visited places in the park! Be sure to wear sturdy shoes, long pants, and bring a water bottle.

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 cresheimtrail@gmail.com

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.