Holiday Gift Ideas for the Wissahickon Lover!

News // December 11, 2019

Looking for some last minute holiday gifts for your friends and family? We’ve got some great Wissahickon-centric ideas for you here. Give the gift of Wissahickon Valley Park and support this important natural resource for future generations! Order by Monday, 12/16 for local delivery in time for Christmas! 


2020 Wissahickon Valley Park Calendar Now Available
Click here to order your copy!

A great gift for any park lover-the 2020 Wissahickon Valley Park Calendar is now available and features wildlife of the Wissahickon Valley Park. Orders will be shipped in time for Christmas if purchased by the end of the day Monday, 12/16. FOW members at the basic level and above receive this calendar for free-so join or renew your membership here!  Non-members can purchase the calendar here.  Important FOW events are noted on the calendar so you won’t miss any of the park fun!

Take Your Kids on an Adventure with Good Night Wissahickon Valley Park
Order your copy here today!

Good Night Wissahickon Valley Park is a children’s book sure to delight pre-schoolers and their parents. Printed in bright colors on high-quality board, this beautifully illustrated picture book takes children on a hike through Philadelphia’s Wissahickon Valley Park.

Wissahickon Valley Park Pocket Map
Get your copy of the map here.

This detailed, fold-out, pocket-sized map of Wissahickon Valley Park, published by Friends of the Wissahickon, features trails, structures, and places of interest in the park.

  • Flat maps for framing are also available for purchase, but are not available for shipping. Contact FOW at or 215-247-0417 x350 for purchase by Thursday, 12/19/18, and arrange for pick up at FOW’s Office at 40 W. Evergreen Avenue, Suite 108, Philadelphia, PA, 19118.

FOW also has t-shirts and hats available for purchase in our online shop here! 


Give the Gift of Membership

Do you know someone who walks, jogs, bikes, walks their dog, fishes, hikes with their kids, or rides a horse in the Wissahickon? By giving them the gift of membership, your contribution supports the work that FOW does to maintain Wissahickon Valley Park for all park users. FOW membership lets your loved one be counted as a true friend of a beautiful, natural area.  Click here to see the different ways you can support Wissahickon Valley Park this holiday season!

Metropolitan Paradise: The Struggle for Nature in the City Philadelphia’s Wissahickon Valley, 1620-2020

by David Contosta and Carol Franklin
Published by St. Joseph’s University Press

Cost: $85.  This item is not available for shipping. Pick up by Friday, 12/20/19, at 3 PM at FOW’s Office at 40 W. Evergreen Avenue, Suite 108, Philadelphia, PA, 19118. Contact FOW at or 215-247-0417 x350 for purchase and to arrange pick up at FOW’s office.

Four paperback volumes packed into a beautiful hardcover case, Metropolitan Paradise is the definitive book on the relationship between natural and urban environments. The Wissahickon Valley is a microcosm of changes in the American landscape over the past 400 years. The lessons of its history, present treatment, and future possibilities are both universal and unique. The book is both a local journey and, by extension, an exploration of how to resolve the crises of a collapsing natural world. This book is the story of a struggle to establish and maintain connected natural systems in one metropolitan area. The preservation and restoration of this valley is offered as a possible model for the world’s cities. Sustaining natural lands within the matrix of an increasingly pervasive urban landscape is crucial. This book is the authors’ contribution to a remarkable and widespread effort to restore the Wissahickon Valley and to envision a bold and imaginative future. —St. Joseph’s University Press.

Support Wissahickon Valley Park with a Gift to FOW’s Annual Appeal
Please click here to support Wissahickon Valley Park.

With help from supporters like you, FOW can continue working to preserve Wissahickon Valley Park for years to come. Your contribution allows us to continue:

  • partnering with the School District of Philadelphia to implement the Little Friends of the Wissahickon program, which invites our youngest explorers to the world of nature found just blocks away from their own homes.
  • completing 50+ miles of trail stewardship annually, making trails more resilient to our region’s increasing heavy rainstorms and park usership.
  • removing over 10 tons of trash from the park and its waterways, improving the water quality of the Wissahickon Creek.

Our community’s investment of time and resources in the Wissahickon Valley continues to set a high standard throughout the Philadelphia region. Your gift will restore the natural beauty of the Wissahickon and protect this priceless green space.