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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 Eric D. Falk at falk@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.

 

Orange Trail 

Saturday,  April 19th, 
10am - 2pm
Meet at Kitchens Lane 

Spring should be in full swing, and we will be outside enjoying the sun. A variety of trail work will be accomplished in this area, this is a dynamic site that will evolve as projects are finished and started. We will be doing restoration along the entire corridor from Kitchen's Lane to the Mt. Airy bridge. Everything from stones to plants will be addressed here, this is a great opportunity to come out and get an idea of all the facets of trail construction.


 Earth Day Celebration!
Tuesday,  April 22nd 
10am - 2pm
Meet at Kitchens Lane 

Spring should be in full swing, and we will be outside enjoying the sun. A variety of trail work will be accomplished in this area, this is a dynamic site that will evolve as projects are finished and started. We will be doing restoration along the entire corridor from Kitchen's Lane to the Mt. Airy bridge. Everything from stones to plants will be addressed here, this is a great opportunity to come out and get an idea of all the facets of trail construction, and in doing so honoring the small rock that we are all hurtling through space on....


Annual Creek Clean-up
Saturday, April 26th
9am - 11am
Meet at the Wissahickon East Parcel

Annual Creek Clean-up at the newly acquired Wissahickon East Parcel. A collaborative effort with WVWA and the Wissahickon East Project (WEP). We will be joining forces to brighten up the newest addition to the Wissahickon Park which includes a very important tributary that flows into the Wissahickon. A much needed day of fun in the sun! Following the clean up the Wissahickon Valley Watershed Association (WVWA) and the Friends of the Wissahickon (FOW) invite all of the participants to join us at the “Talkin’ Trash” picnic to satisfy appetites and share stories. Fort Washington State Park from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at the Flourtown pavilion on Mill Road 

 

Orange Trail 
Saturday,  May 3rd, May 10th, & May 17th
10am - 2pm
Meet at Kitchens Lane 

Spring should be in full swing, and we will be outside enjoying the sun. A variety of trail work will be accomplished in this area, this is a dynamic site that will evolve as projects are finished and started. We will be doing restoration along the entire corridor from Kitchen's Lane to the Mt. Airy bridge. Everything from stones to plants will be addressed here, this is a great opportunity to come out and get an idea of all the facets of trail construction.


Community Clean Up after FOW's Forbidden 10K
Sunday,  May 18th
12 pm - 3 pm
Meet at Northwestern Avenue and Forbidden Drive

Help us leave no trace after our race! Join FOW, Keep Philadelphia Beautiful, Radio 104.5 and Clear Channel for a Community Clean Up after the Forbidden Drive 10K. Special prizes to be raffled off to participants of the clean up!  FOW will supply gloves, tools, and trash bags.


Houston Meadow
Saturday, May 24th
9:30AM - 1:30PM
Meet at Houston Playground

Cultivating the earth in the meadow. A pleasant walk through the meadow will be an added luxury as we maintain site lines, deberm, and refine the countours of the trail tread. Should be a great time to be in the wide open spaces.


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 our Eric Falk, Volunteer Coorindator at falk@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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