An Appetite for a New Challenge

Conservation // November 15, 2017

by Laura Feragen

Over the last decade Jacqueline and Aaron Burger have been going to Wissahickon Valley park as many weekends as possible. But since joining the 2017 All Trails Challenge (ATC) this fall as Team Veggie Burgers, they, along with dog Rosie, have hiked more trails than ever before. For this active family, the ATC has presented a whole new adventure in a favorite, familiar setting. Houston Meadow has become one of their favorite destinations as a great spot to see seasonal changes.

During this time of thanksgiving, we are grateful for the many gifts Wissahickon Valley Park has to offer everyone, and to people like the Burger family who are supporting FOW’s year-round work to preserve the beauty and health of this important resource by participating in the ATC.

The Challenge ends on November 28 – #Giving Tuesday – so there’s still time to show your love for the park. Sponsoring an ATC Challenger or team is a great way to give back. Or, consider joining yourself – whether you track five or 50 miles, every little bit helps.

All 2017 ATC participants who reach the $50 fundraising level are invited to a special party on November 30 at the historic Philadelphia Canoe Club. We’ll be celebrating fitness and fundraising achievements as we share the final mileage and fundraising standings, while enjoying hors d’oeuvres and cocktails. We’ll also announce the winners of our top prizes — a 5-day/4-night stay at an all-inclusive 4 star resort in the Caribbean (including airfare), a weekend getaway at a luxury Pennsylvania resort, a night on the town in Philadelphia, and more.

For more information on the ATC, contact Lorraine Awuku at