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.

Blue Stone Bridge Erosion Control/Trail Repair
Saturday, December 20th

10 AM - 2 PM

Meet at Blue Stone Bridge 

Blue Stone Bridge and the adjacent trail need some attention from FOW volunteers. Heavy rains and flooding have caused erosion problems and sediment deposits in the area. Come out and help on the last trails project of 2014! Here is a map of the  closest parking lots. 


Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service
Monday, January 19th

9 AM - 12 PM

Meet at Thomas Mansion

Join Friends of the Wissahickon and Philadelphia Parks &  Recreation for a day of service in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day!  We will be removing invasive vines and trees. We may do other tasks if weather permits.   Please register with John Holback at holback@fow.org to be notified of cancellation or postponement due to poor weather conditions. 


Trail Work workday
Saturday, January 10th

10 AM - 2 PM

Meet on the Roxborough and Magdalena Streets


Help the start the new year out right with a trail work day. We'll be beginning a trail project on the yellow trail in the Roxorough area. 


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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