Volunteer Service Days

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

Upcoming Volunteer Service Days

CANCELLED: Monday, 1/21 - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service

Due to the frigid and icy forecast, we are rescheduling our Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service to Saturday, April 20th.  Read more and register below!

Saturday, 4/20 - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service (Rescheduled)

Saturday, 4/20
9 am – 1 pm
Meet at Thomas Mansion

This event was rescheduled from 1/21/19. 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 decided to reschedule this date, which is typically our Earth Day Service Day, as this is a perfect pairing to celebrate the legacy of Dr. King, as well as his leadership on environmental justice.

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, 9:00 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.