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:

Brad Maule's Trash Haul
Sunday, March 29th

11:00 - 1:00

Covered Bridge

It's moving day for Brad Maule's litter collection. As the culmination of the One Man's Trash project, we'll get a sneak preview of the exhibition—and help load it into the truck for transport to the Fairmount Water Works, where the show will open on Earth Day, April 22nd. We'll meet at the WPA-built shed where it's been stored for the past year and grill some hot dogs on the adjacent fire pits. You're also welcome to join us shortly after at the Water Works to help unload the truck into the area where the show will be staged. 

Roxborough Trail Building
Saturday, April 4th 

9:00 - 1:00

Meet at Magdelena Street 

Help us break ground on a Yellow Trail reroute. We're starting from scratch so look for updates as to what tasks we'll be working on each week. 

Roxborough Trail Building
Saturday, April 18th 

9:00 - 1:00

Meet at Magdelena Street 

Help us break ground on a Yellow Trail reroute. We're starting from scratch so look for updates as to what tasks we'll be working on each week. 

Annual Creek Cleanup 
Saturday, April 25th 

9:00 - 11:00

Meet at Northwestern Ave and Forbidden Dr

The Friends of the Wissahickon and the Wissahickon Valley Watershed Association are once again joining forces to clean the Wissahickon Creek.

All volunteers are invited to join us after the clean up for the “Talkin’ Trash” picnic at Fort Washington State Park at the Flourtown pavilion on Mill Road from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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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