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.

Devil's Pool Final Summer Clean-Up
Saturday, September 13th
9 AM - 1 PM
Meet at the trailhead next to the Valley Green Bridge

Join us for our final summer clean-up at Devil's Pool.  A large bash at Devil's Pool! BYOWB (bring your own water bottles). End of the season blowout special! Graffiti removal, debris clean-up, social interactions, fun in the sun! Don't miss this event....


Erosion Control Workday
Wednesday, September 24th
9 AM - 1 PM
Meet at the Valley Green Inn. Use any Valley Green area parking lot

Join us for an exciting morning of erosion control! Battling erosion in the Wissahickon is an honorable fight, especially because of the high volume of evil storm water runoff tearing down the steep slopes after strong summer storms.  Help fight the good fight.

Invasive Species Removal 
Saturday, September 27th
10 AM - 1 PM
Meet at the Wissahickon Environmental Center upper parking lot off of Ridge Pike

Friends of the Wissahickon and AIM Academy team up for Green Apple Day of Service.  Join us for an Invasive Removal Day at the Andorra Natural Area.  We will be preparing a site for a memorial planting for Kevin Groves by removing invasive plants at the planting site.  We will also clean up trash around the Andorra Meadow.


"Kevin's Grove" Memorial Planting
Saturday, October 4th

10 AM - 12 PM, reception to follow
Meet at the Wissahickon Environmental Center upper parking lot off of Ridge Pike

Please join FOW as we honor one of our most beloved former employees, Kevin Groves, with a living memorial and volunteer planting day in the Andorra Natural Area.  To honor his life and contribution to the Wissahickon Park, we will plant a grove of trees in his name.  Following the planting, we will gather for a reception on the lawn behind the Wissahickon Environmental Center.  

Please confirm your attendance with Sarah Marley at marley@fow.org

Planting Day - Orange Trail Closure
Saturday, October 11th

9 AM - 1 PM
Meet at the Blue Bell Hill picnic pavilion

Spend a few hours planting trees and shrubs with us on a (hopefully)  beautiful October morning. Then, stand back and enjoy the sight of a healthier forest thanks to your efforts.  



Planting Day - Andorra Natural Area
Saturday, October 18th

9 AM - 1 PM
Meet at the Wissahickon Environmental Center upper parking lot off of Ridge Pike

 Help finish replanting a trail closure in the Andorra Natural area just above Pennsylvania's largest beech tree. This is a large planting area, so all hands on deck. Special weekend bonus: Free handshakes for all happy participants! 



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 our Sarah Marley, Outreach Manager at marley@fow.org or 215-247-0417 x109.  Please RSVP if you plan to attend as it helps with our planning projects, and resources for the events!

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