Our Work

FOW works in partnership with Philadelphia Parks & Recreation (PPR), the Philadelphia Water Department, and dozens of other regional partners on a wide range of programs:

Sustainable Trails Initiative

Capital Projects: Friends of the Wissahickon plans, funds, and oversees trail construction, habitat restoration, and infrastructure improvement projects throughout Wissahickon Valley Park.

Conservation Planning: Friends of the Wissahickon plans for the proper management of the park’s resources by leading and participating in planning efforts designed to prioritize conservation actions. FOW has led and participated in various local and regional planning efforts on wayfinding and signage, trail construction, water quality, and forest management.

Volunteer Program

Friends of the Wissahickon Trail Ambassadors are trained docents who assist park visitors with directions and safety, and lead guided walks to educate visitors about the park’s history, flora, fauna, and geology.

Trail Crew Leadersexperienced volunteers who are trained to lead volunteer groups. They are experts in trail building and/or habitat restoration and have undergone special training.

Friends of the Wissahickon volunteers: park users who rebuild trails, plant trees, remove vines, eliminate invasive plants and replace them with native species, clean up trash and debris, remove graffiti, control erosion, and repair structures.

Protect Our Watershed

The Joint Easement Program: managed by Friends of the Wissahickon and the Chestnut Hill Historical Society. Landowners can voluntarily limit future development of their property to protect important conservation values.

Environmental Education: Friends of the Wissahickon hosts free public lectures, guided walks, special events, and installs interpretive signage in the park to educate the public about important current environmental topics.

Advocacy and Policy Making: Friends of the Wissahickon and our partner agencies work to ensure that local and state policies continue to support FOW’s mission and our longstanding commitment to environmental protection.