Volunteer Service Days

Do you love Wissahickon Valley Park? Would you like to play a direct role in keeping this special place clean and accessible for generations to come? Then come out and get involved in one of our many Volunteer Service Days! Our service days are fun, educational and provide a much needed service to the park, as well as introducing you to a lot of wonderful, like-minded park stewards. We provide the tools, gloves, and instruction – all you need to do is show up! Check out our upcoming service days below. For additional information, contact  Shawn Green, Volunteer Manager at green@fow.org.

 

Upcoming Volunteer Service Days

CANCELLED - Thursday, 1/16 - Thursday Trail Service

Thursday, 1/16
9:30 am – 12:30 pm

This volunteer service day is cancelled.

Monday, 1/20 - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service

Monday, 1/20 
9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Meet at Thomas Mansion

Thomas Mansion in Germantown is a historic property built in 1869 by George Clifford Thomas and his wife Caroline Sheetz. The property, which once boasted beautifully landscaped gardens and a green house, needs lots of regular upkeep. For each of the last 6 MLK days, we’ve worked on the mansion grounds by clearing the overgrown invasive plants along the driveway, a project we will continue on this year with our friends from the Fairmount Park Conservancy and Philadelphia Parks & Recreation. We also planted about 20 native trees at this location this past fall, so we will clean up the area around them to ensure they are safe and thriving.

Dr. King once said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: what are you doing for others?” By volunteering at Thomas Mansion, we will be giving back to our park, it’s users, and the plants and animals that rely on it to live.

Register Here!

Thursday, 1/23 - Thursday Trail Service

Thursday, 1/23
9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Meet at Valley Green Inn

Join FOW on Thursday for a morning of improvements in the park! Work will consist of cleaning drains, removing invasive vines from trees, picking up litter, and other winter-appropriate activities. Be sure to wear sturdy shoes, warm layers, and bring a water bottle.

Register Here!

Thursday, 1/30 - Thursday Trail Service

Thursday, 1/30
9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Meet at Chestnut Hill Avenue Trailhead

Join FOW on Thursday for a morning of improvements in the park! Work will consist of cleaning drains, removing invasive vines from trees, picking up litter, and other winter-appropriate activities. Be sure to wear sturdy shoes, warm layers, and bring a water bottle.

Register Here!

Thursday, 2/6 - Thursday Trail Service

Thursday, 2/6
9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Meet at Historic Rittenhouse Town

Join FOW on Thursday for a morning of improvements in the park! Work will consist of cleaning drains, removing invasive vines from trees, picking up litter, and other winter-appropriate activities. Be sure to wear sturdy shoes, warm layers, and bring a water bottle.

Register Here!

Recurring Volunteer Service Days

Thursdays

Trail Improvements 
Thursdays, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Meeting at various locations each week
Thursday mornings are dedicated to much needed trail work! Work will consist of regular trail improvement projects including repairing drains and grade reversals, repairing stone work, narrowing widened trails, and emergency trail repairs.

Register for future Thursday work days on our events page!

Saturdays

There’s no better way to be friends than to help us in the park with trail improvements, invasive weed removal, planting, and general clean-ups from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Locations vary by week.

“Friends of Friends”

Join Friends of Cresheim Trail to improve the trails in the Cresheim Creek area. These typically fall on the third Saturday of the month. For more information or to volunteer, contact Friends of Cresheim Trail at cresheimtrail@gmail.com

Service Day Tips 

What to Wear

  • Sturdy boots/sneakers.
  • Long pants. Who has time for ticks, poison ivy and stinging nettle?
  • Clothing that you don’t mind getting dirty!
  • Sun protection – a hat & sunscreen.

What to Bring

  • Your own reusable water bottle to help reduce waste.
  • Refreshments are usually provided at Saturday volunteer days, but volunteers are welcome to bring their own snacks.

Cancellation Details for Inclement Weather

  • Typically, we will work in a light rain or snow. (We’re tough like that.)
  • Workdays will be cancelled in the event of heavy rain or snow, thunder and lighting, high winds, etc. Visit FOW’s Facebook page or this page for updates. If the workday is cancelled it will be posted by 8 am.

Minors Volunteering

Teenagers between the ages of 14-18 may volunteer on our service days with the signature of their parent or guardian on our sign-in/waiver form. Kids under the age of 14 may volunteer, but must be accompanied by an adult.