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, 5/30 - Thursday Trail Service

Thursday, 5/30
9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Meet 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 stonework narrowing widened trails, and emergency trail repairs.

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!

Thursday, 6/6 - Thursday Trail Service

Thursday, 6/6
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 stonework narrowing widened trails, and emergency trail repairs.

Register Here!

Thursday, 6/6 - Thursday Clean Up

Thursday, 6/6
1:30 – 3:30 pm
Meet 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 Here!

Thursday, 6/13 - Thursday Trail Service

Thursday, 6/13
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 stonework narrowing widened trails, and emergency trail repairs.

Register Here!

Thursday, 6/13 - Thursday Clean Up

Thursday, 6/13
1:30 – 3:30 pm
Meet 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 Here!

Saturday, 6/15 - Devil's Pool Clean Up

Saturday, 6/15
9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Meet at Valley Green Inn

The Wissahickon Creek is a treasure to many Philadelphians and visitors to the area, who are searching for an escape to nature, providing a stunning green space for hiking, biking, and fishing. Devil’s Pool, in particular, is one of the most beautiful places in the park –  an iconic spot along the Cresheim Creek, just before it flows into the Wissahickon. Due to the popularity of this location, an excess of trash is sadly left behind by many of its visitors. This not only looks terrible but is dangerous to the fish and other wildlife that live in our watershed. Please come out to help us to clean up this area, and to preserve the natural beauty of the Wissahickon Valley.

Register Here!

Thursday, 6/20 - Thursday Trail Service

Thursday, 6/20
9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Meet at Glen Fern

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!

Thursday, 6/20 - Thursday Clean Up

Thursday, 6/20
1:30 – 3:30 pm
Meet 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 Here!

Saturday, 6/22 - Invasive Removal Service Day

Saturday, 6/22 
9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Meet at Hermit Lane Trailhead

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 removing some of these invasive plants and preparing the area of a planting this fall.

Register Here!

Thursday, 6/27 - Thursday Trail Service

Thursday, 6/27
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 stonework narrowing widened trails, and emergency trail repairs.

Register Here!

Thursday, 6/27 - Thursday Clean Up

Thursday, 6/27
1:30 – 3:30 pm
Meet 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 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.