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.

Flagging Workshop
Saturday, November 1st

9 AM - 1 PM

Meet at the Bell's Mill Parking Lot #4

Join FOW and professional trail building whiz Steve Thomas for a Trail Flagging workshop. Trail Flagging is the first step in the trail building process and consists of marking the location of the new trail with small flags.  Learn the do's and don'ts of proper trail design as well as how to overcome some site-specific obstacles that may arise. Space is limited. Please RSVP to John Holback at holback@fow.org 

Love Your Park - Trailbuilding Day
Saturday, November 15th

10 AM - 1 PM

Meet at the Bell's Mill Parking Lot #4

Assist professional trail builders Steve Thomas and Valerie Naylor in the contsruction of a new trail in the Andorra Natural area as part of FOW's Sustainable Trails Initiative. Be ready to leave a lasting, positive mark on the Wissahickon trail system! 


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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