The mission of the Friends of the Wissahickon is to preserve the natural beauty and wildness of the Wissahickon Valley and stimulate public interest therein.

Upcoming Workdays

To register for any of our work days, please contact Volunteer Coordinator, John Holback at holback@fow.org 

Volunteers are encouraged to bike, hike or carpool to work days.  Registration is not required but is recommended in order to be notified in case of any changes due to weather.  Workdays will be cancelled in the event of heavy rain or snow. Refer to the FOW Facebook page or the FOW work day page for updates.

Upcoming Workdays:


Blue Bell Trail Closure
Saturday, August 15th

9:00 - 1:00

Meet at Blue Stone Bridge 

We'll continue working on trail closure projects near Blue Bell Park. We'll be installing fence, re naturalizing the area, and dragging brush to close down rogue trails. 

Devil's Pool Cleanup  
Saturday, August 22nd

9:00 - 1:00

Meet at the trailhead at Valley Green Bridge 

Join us for a good ol fashioned Devil's Pool cleanup. Our summer crew has been working hard to keep Devil's Pool beautiful, but they could always use some help. We'll be collecting garbage, removing graffiti, and enjoying the pleasant atmosphere of Devil's Pool in the morning. 

Tree House Porch Painting
Saturday, August 29th

9:00 - 1:00

Meet at the Tree House

Construction of the new Tree House porch is complete and all it needs now is a coat of paint. Once the job is done, we'll celebrate with a picnic on the lawn. 

Wednesday Workdays
9:00 - 12:00

Various Park Locations

Can't volunteer with FOW on the weekends? Still want to help out? Come work with the Wednesday Morning crew. This crew is ready to take on whatever needs to be done that week. Always a good time!

Please contact John Holback at holback@fow.org to register

Work Day Tips

1) All volunteers must sign the one-time volunteer agreement and release form.  You can print it up, sign and bring with you to the work day, or we will have them available at the work day sign-in table.

2) Volunteers under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

3) Please arrive on time for a short orientation, safety talk and tool training.

What to Bring

1) Sturdy boots/sneakers

2) Clothing that you don't mind getting dirty!

3) Your own reusable water bottle to help reduce the waste of disposable bottles and cups

4) Refreshments are usually provided at our Saturday volunteer days.  Volunteers are always welcome to bring their own snacks.

Cancellation Details for Inclement Weather

Typically we will work in a light rain or snow.

We will cancel a work day under inclement conditions such as heavy rain or snow, thunder and lighting, high winds, etc.

If conditions look uncertain the morning of the scheduled work day, check the FOW Upcoming Work Day page.  If the work day is cancelled it will be posted on the Work Day page by 8 am.

For more information and to RSVP, contact John Holback, Volunteer Coordinator at holback@fow.org or 215-247-0417 x107.  Please RSVP if you plan to attend as it helps with our planning projects, and resources for the events!

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