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Cedars House Café

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Forbidden Drive just below Northwestern Avenue
Philadelphia, PA, United States

January 2016

Fishing the Wissahickon with Tony DeFazio

January 17, 2016 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Cedars House Café, Forbidden Drive just below Northwestern Avenue
Philadelphia, PA, United States
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Robert Redford's movie A River Runs Through It might be an apt description for this presentation. Trail Ambassador Tony DeFazio will discuss the ecology of the Wissahickon Creek, specifically the creek’s marque fish--trout. Thanks to the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, the Wissahickon Creek is stocked with three types of trout: rainbows, brown, and palominos (also known as golden rainbow). Tony will discuss what makes trout interesting and why they make the Wissahickon so attractive.

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July 2016

Finding Summer Photos in the upper Wissahickon with Bruce Wagner

July 10, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Cedars House Café, Forbidden Drive just below Northwestern Avenue
Philadelphia, PA, United States
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Click here to register. Summer in the Park and the foliage is dense!  The shade is deep.  Let’s go for a walk between Northwestern and the Thomas Mill Bridge and find the special places where the photos can always be good.  We will get close to the shore and the water.  We will look under things.  We will use our imaginations to find the light and shadows that make good photos.  Children welcome accompanied by a responsible adult. Difficulty level:…

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August 2016

10th Annual Free Ice Cream Social

August 17, 2016 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Cedars House Café, Forbidden Drive just below Northwestern Avenue
Philadelphia, PA, United States
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Register Today // Join us for the 10th Annual Free Ice Cream Social! Spend a lovely afternoon in the Wissahickon enjoying free Bredenbeck's ice cream or sorbet, live music, and nature activities for the whole family with FOW volunteers and the staff from the Wissahickon Environmental Center. Wear your favorite FOW gear too! This event is free and open to the public!  We recommend registering in case of changes due to weather.  Please contact Giulia Morrone at morrone@fow.org for more…

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September 2016

Wissahickon Geology with Jeff Frazier

September 10, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Cedars House Café, Forbidden Drive just below Northwestern Avenue
Philadelphia, PA, United States
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Registration for this talk and hike is closed. All Trails Challenge: 1 Mile Meet at The Cedars House (Northwestern Avenue and Forbidden Drive) Enjoy a slide presentation and learn about the theories of what caused the rocks of the Wissahickon gorge to be formed, and why they are currently exposed at the earth's surface. Then hike with us as we explore Wissahickon schist, with its intricate and beautiful patterns, view stream characteristics, such as cut banks and deposition bars, and…

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CANCELLED- Short Geology Hike w/ Sarah West

September 18, 2016 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Cedars House Café, Forbidden Drive just below Northwestern Avenue
Philadelphia, PA, United States
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This hike has been cancelled. Walk along Forbidden Drive from Northwestern Avenue to Bell's Mill Road. Visit an 18th-century quarry and several other interesting rock exposures. Learn about the likely formation of Wissahickon rocks as the result of plate tectonics. Children 10+ with responsible adult welcome.

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Woods and Meadow Hike w/ Kimberly Quinn

September 25, 2016 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Cedars House Café, Forbidden Drive just below Northwestern Avenue
Philadelphia, PA, United States
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All Trails Challenge: 3 Miles Registration is closed for this hike.  Hike about 3 miles through woods to the Andorra Meadow and then to the Wissahickon Environmental Center on return. Learn about the former Andorra Nursery, visit the Tree House, and see the Great Beech and Fallen Magnolia. Level: moderate. Children 8+ with responsible adult welcome.

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October 2016

Sold Out! Wissahickon Geology with Jeff Frazier

October 8, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Cedars House Café, Forbidden Drive just below Northwestern Avenue
Philadelphia, PA, United States
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All Trails Challenge: 1 Mile Registration is closed for this hike.  Enjoy a slide presentation and learn about the theories of what caused the rocks of the Wissahickon gorge to be formed, and why they are currently exposed at the earth's surface. Then hike with us as we explore Wissahickon schist, with its intricate and beautiful patterns, view stream characteristics, such as cut banks and deposition bars, and learn how the movement of rock particles through erosion processes have shaped…

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November 2016

Wissahickon Geology w/ Jeff Frazier

November 12, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Cedars House Café, Forbidden Drive just below Northwestern Avenue
Philadelphia, PA, United States
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All Trails Challenge: 1 Mile Register Today // Meet at The Cedars House (Northwestern Avenue and Forbidden Drive) Enjoy a slide presentation and learn about the theories of what caused the rocks of the Wissahickon gorge to be formed, and why they are currently exposed at the earth’s surface. Then hike with us as we explore Wissahickon schist, with its intricate and beautiful patterns, view stream characteristics, such as cut banks and deposition bars, and learn how the movement of…

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December 2016

SOLD OUT! Name that Naked Tree: Winter Tree Identification w/ Wendy Willard

December 4, 2016 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Cedars House Café, Forbidden Drive just below Northwestern Avenue
Philadelphia, PA, United States
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This hike is sold out! How can you identify a tree once the leaves are gone? By examining bark, twigs, persistent leaves and fruit, and tree structure--and keeping your eyes wide open! Starting up toward the Tree House and along the paths parallel to the creek, we will find some of your favorite huge upland trees, standing tall or lying down. Returning on Forbidden Drive, we'll observe some lowland trees that prefer damp feet, perhaps even standing in the water.…

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Wissahickon Geology w/ Jeff Frazier

December 10, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Cedars House Café, Forbidden Drive just below Northwestern Avenue
Philadelphia, PA, United States
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Cedars Talks: Introduction to Backpacking with Erica Lynes

December 18, 2016 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Cedars House Café, Forbidden Drive just below Northwestern Avenue
Philadelphia, PA, United States
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Trails Less Traveled III: Bushwhacking in Andorra w/ Gerry Schweiger

December 26, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Cedars House Café, Forbidden Drive just below Northwestern Avenue
Philadelphia, PA, United States
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Register Today window.bboxInit = function () { bbox.showForm('87dc5102-0458-4f3c-9166-69f6c1c3952f'); }; (function () { var e = document.createElement('script'); e.async = true; e.src = 'https://bbox.blackbaudhosting.com/webforms/bbox-min.js'; document.getElementsByTagName('head').appendChild(e); } ()); Meet at The Cedars House (Northwestern Avenue and Forbidden Drive) We will visit some of the Andorra Meadow's many attractions, including the highest elevation in the park, the Andorra Run watershed, the deer exclosure, and the old Bell's Mill Trail. This trail provides an educational view of the park prevalent in the 1980s. NOTE: Many…

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A Holiday Season Winter Walk w/ Bruce Wagner

December 28, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Cedars House Café, Forbidden Drive just below Northwestern Avenue
Philadelphia, PA, United States
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Register Today window.bboxInit = function () { bbox.showForm('70253f89-d011-4aca-9490-cba3c16c6e82'); }; (function () { var e = document.createElement('script'); e.async = true; e.src = 'https://bbox.blackbaudhosting.com/webforms/bbox-min.js'; document.getElementsByTagName('head').appendChild(e); } ()); Meet at The Cedars House (Northwestern Avenue and Forbidden Drive) In the midst of the holiday season, what better way to get away from the noise and crowds that to take a walk in the woods, and our Wissahickon Woods are so lovely and convenient. We will take a mid-week walk from The Cedars House…

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January 2017

Winter Wonderland in the Wissahickon with Kris Soffa

January 31, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Cedars House Café, Forbidden Drive just below Northwestern Avenue
Philadelphia, PA, United States
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Register Today window.bboxInit = function () { bbox.showForm('ea6eefa2-44e0-47fd-add8-a804cae99ecb'); }; (function () { var e = document.createElement('script'); e.async = true; e.src = 'https://bbox.blackbaudhosting.com/webforms/bbox-min.js'; document.getElementsByTagName('head').appendChild(e); } ()); Meet at The Cedars House, Northwestern Ave. and Forbidden Drive. (GPS directions do not work for this site.) Do you love hiking on frosty mornings when you can see your breath? Get your daily dose of nature and join us for a winter walk on Forbidden Drive with PA Master Naturalist Kris Soffa. We will…

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March 2017

Cancelled: Woods and Meadow Hike with Kimberly Quinn

March 19, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Cedars House Café, Forbidden Drive just below Northwestern Avenue
Philadelphia, PA, United States
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This hike has been cancelled due to weather conditions. Please check our calendar for future Spring Hikes with Kimberly Quinn. Thanks!

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Trails Less Traveled III – Bushwhacking in Andorra w/ Gerry Schweiger

March 26, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Cedars House Café, Forbidden Drive just below Northwestern Avenue
Philadelphia, PA, United States
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MEET: At Cedars House next to Northwestern Ave. parking area. We will visit some of the Andorra Meadow’s many attractions including the highest elevation in the park, the Andorra Run watershed and the Deer Exclosure.  It also has the old Bell’s Mill Trail.  As we visit this trail, it will take us back to an educational view of the park prevalent in the 1980’s. DISTANCE: 3 mi. NOTE: Many brambles and thorny plants border the trails. Leather gloves should be…

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August 2017

Ice Cream Social

August 16, 2017 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Cedars House Café, Forbidden Drive just below Northwestern Avenue
Philadelphia, PA, United States
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Join us for a lovely afternoon of free ice cream, live music, nature activities for the whole family with FOW staff and volunteers as well as the staff from the Wissahickon Environmental Center.  This is a rain-or-shine event. This event is free and open to the public!  Registration is not required. Please contact Giulia Morrone at morrone@fow.org for more information.

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September 2017

All Trails Challenge Child Friendly Hike

September 23, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Cedars House Café, Forbidden Drive just below Northwestern Avenue
Philadelphia, PA, United States

All Trails Challenge: 2.5 miles Meet at Cedars House. Join Lorraine Awuku, Development Manger, and our sponsor Old York Advisors of Raymond James, James Fisher, on a child friendly hike on Forbidden Drive. Registration is recommended for all hikes (required if indicated) so that participants can be informed of weather or other emergency cancellations. Unless otherwise specified, Trail Ambassador Hikes may be on rocky, rugged trails that may be wet and slippery. Wear sturdy shoes or boots with socks. Long…

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November 2017

FOW Volunteer Programs Info Session

November 7, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Cedars House Café, Forbidden Drive just below Northwestern Avenue
Philadelphia, PA, United States
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Please join us if you are interested in volunteering with the Friends of the Wissahickon and would like more information before donating your time.  We will be hosting a FOW Volunteer Programs Info Session to cover all of the different ways that people can volunteer with us! This will include details about Thursday & Saturday workdays as well as how to become part of the following Volunteer Programs: Trail Ambassadors, Crew Leaders, Structures Crew, and Outreach Corps. Registration is required. Please…

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Urban Athlete Fitness Fundraiser

November 19, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Cedars House Café, Forbidden Drive just below Northwestern Avenue
Philadelphia, PA, United States
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Mount Airy gym Urban Athlete is hosting a fitness fundraiser! All proceeds from registration fees will benefit the continuation of Friends of the Wissahickon's 93 year old mission "to conserve the natural beauty and wildness of the Wissahickon Valley." This class will be led by Urban Athlete owner Pamela MacElree. Started in 2005, Urban Athlete is an independent, member-oriented, semi-private training facility staffed with professional and experienced fitness and performance coaches who recognize members by name. A fully equipped gym,…

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January 2018

Six Months in the GAME: Hiking the Appalachian Trail Georgia to Maine w/ Lisa Myers

January 13, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Cedars House Café, Forbidden Drive just below Northwestern Avenue
Philadelphia, PA, United States
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Meet at  The Cedars House Cafe on Forbidden Drive ( Note: GPS is not accurate for this location; it is one block south of the intersection of Northwestern Ave, Thomas & Andorra Rds.) FOW Trail Ambassador Lisa Myers presents a slideshow of her 2010 Appalachian Trail hike. From March to October, 2,176 miles, Georgia to Maine, Lisa will discuss what a thru-hiker's life was like day to day, the planning involved, and the lessons learned after the hike was over. Registration is recommended…

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Winter Wonderland in the Wissahickon w/ Kris Soffa

January 24, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Cedars House Café, Forbidden Drive just below Northwestern Avenue
Philadelphia, PA, United States
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Meet at The Cedars House Cafe on Forbidden Drive ( Note: GPS is not accurate for this location; it is one block south of the intersection of Northwestern Ave, Thomas & Andorra Rds.) Do you love frosty mornings, seeing your breath and hiking in cold weather? Get your daily dose of “nature” and join us for a Winter walk on Forbidden Drive. We’ll hike along Forbidden Drive from The Cedar's House Cafe to the Covered Bridge and back. You’ll learn…

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March 2018

Spring Stroll in the Wissahickon w/ Kris Soffa

March 14, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Cedars House Café, Forbidden Drive just below Northwestern Avenue
Philadelphia, PA, United States
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Meet at The Cedars House Cafe on Forbidden Drive ( Note: GPS is not accurate for this location; it is one block south of the intersection of Northwestern Ave, Thomas & Andorra Rds.) Welcome Spring with a walk in the Wissahickon. We’ll find signs of emerging new growth everywhere. The woods echo with birdsong, spring ephemerals bloom and trout splash in the Creek. Swelling tree buds and newly opened leaves bathe our deciduous woods in a gorgeous chartreuse haze. Why…

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August 2018

Ice Cream Social

August 15, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Cedars House Café, Forbidden Drive just below Northwestern Avenue
Philadelphia, PA, United States
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Meet at Cedar's House Cafe.  Join us for a lovely afternoon of free ice cream, live music, nature activities for the whole family with FOW staff and volunteers as well as the staff from the Wissahickon Environmental Center.  This is a rain-or-shine event. This event is free and open to the public!  Registration is not required. Please contact Cesali Renn at renn@fow.org for more information. Sponsored by With ice cream donated by

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September 2018

Fun with Fabulous Fungi with Faith Watson

September 2, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Cedars House Café, Forbidden Drive just below Northwestern Avenue
Philadelphia, PA, United States
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Meet at Cedars House Cafe. We will explore the hills near Andorra Meadow and learn about the role underground fungi play in helping trees grow and communicate. You will also be introduced to the above-ground fruiting structures: knobs, buttons, shelves, cups, and umbrellas we all know as mushrooms. We will not be touching or eating the fungi, but this will make for a great photography adventure. Wear sturdy boots and be ready for some hidden magic! Level: Moderate. No dogs. Ages: 12+…

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October 2018

CANCELED – Child Friendly Costume Hike with Lorraine Awuku

October 27, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Cedars House Café, Forbidden Drive just below Northwestern Avenue
Philadelphia, PA, United States
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This event has been canceled due to impending weather. Meet Lorraine Awuku and ATC sponsor, JR, from Old York Advisers of Raymond James, at the Cedar's House, dress the kiddies in their favorite costume as we stroll up Forbidden Drive! It's going to be funners! (Adult costumes are encouraged let's have some fun!) Random Prize Alert!!!  ATC miles: 1.5 miles Difficulty: Easy Click here to register  as an All Trails Challenge participant and be entered into a drawing to win an awesome Children's…

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November 2018

Fun with Fabulous Fungi with Faith Watson

November 4, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Cedars House Café, Forbidden Drive just below Northwestern Avenue
Philadelphia, PA, United States
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Meet at Cedars House Cafe. We will explore the hills near Andorra Meadow and learn about the role underground fungi play in helping trees grow and communicate. You will also be introduced to the above-ground fruiting structures: knobs, buttons, shelves, cups, and umbrellas we all know as mushrooms. We will not be touching or eating the fungi, but this will make for a great photography adventure. Wear sturdy boots and be ready for some hidden magic! Level: Moderate. No dogs. Ages: 12+…

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December 2018

Volunteer Information Session

December 12, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Cedars House Café, Forbidden Drive just below Northwestern Avenue
Philadelphia, PA, United States
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Meet at Cedars House Cafe. Since Friends of the Wissahickon was formed in 1924, we have only been able to continue our conservation mission with the work of volunteers. From Trail Ambassadors and Crew Leaders to Sawyers and Structures Crew members, it takes a community of stewards to maintain the 1800-acre Wissahickon Valley Park. Are you interested in being part of this community? Join Shawn Green, Volunteer Coordinator, for an information session on the many ways you can get involved…

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TLT III: Bushwacking in Andorra With Gerry Schweiger

December 26, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Cedars House Café, Forbidden Drive just below Northwestern Avenue
Philadelphia, PA, United States

Meet at the Cedars House Café We will visit some of the Andorra Meadow’s many attractions including the highest elevation in the park, the Andorra Run watershed and the Deer Exclosure.  It also has the old Bell’s Mill Trail.  As we visit this trail, it will take us back to an educational view of the park prevalent in the 1980’s. NOTE: Many brambles and thorny plants border the trails. Leather gloves should be worn. ATC miles: 3 miles Difficulty: Moderate+…

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January 2019

Frosty Fungus with Faith Watson

January 6, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Cedars House Café, Forbidden Drive just below Northwestern Avenue
Philadelphia, PA, United States
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Meet at Cedars House Cafe. We will explore the hills near Andorra Meadow and learn about the role underground fungi play in helping trees grow and communicate. You will also be introduced to the above-ground fruiting structures: knobs, buttons, shelves, cups, and umbrellas we all know as mushrooms. We will not be touching or eating the fungi, but this will make for a great photography adventure. Wear sturdy boots and be ready for some hidden magic! Level: Moderate. No dogs. Ages: 12+…

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Wissahickon Winter Mindfulness Walk with Irene Lotka

January 23, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Cedars House Café, Forbidden Drive just below Northwestern Avenue
Philadelphia, PA, United States
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Meet at Cedars House Café (Note: GPS does not work for this location) Let’s step away from our busy lives and welcome in the New Year with a Winter Mindfulness Walk.  Join us as we experience the transformation of the landscape and appreciate the beauty of the change in season. We will walk from the Cedars house up into the Andorra Natural area, loop around the meadow and return to Forbidden Drive. Difficulty: Moderate. Children 12+ with adult. Registration is…

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Winter Wonderland in the Wissahickon with Kris Soffa

January 30, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Cedars House Café, Forbidden Drive just below Northwestern Avenue
Philadelphia, PA, United States
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Meet at The Cedars House Cafe on Forbidden Drive ( Note: GPS is not accurate for this location; it is one block south of the intersection of Northwestern Ave, Thomas & Andorra Rds.) Do you love frosty mornings, seeing your breath and hiking in cold weather? Get your daily dose of “nature” and join us for a Winter walk on Forbidden Drive. We’ll hike along Forbidden Drive from The Cedar's House Cafe to the Covered Bridge and back. You’ll learn…

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February 2019

Frosty Fungus with Faith Watson

February 3, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Cedars House Café, Forbidden Drive just below Northwestern Avenue
Philadelphia, PA, United States
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Meet at Cedars House Cafe. We will explore the hills near Andorra Meadow and learn about the role underground fungi play in helping trees grow and communicate. You will also be introduced to the above-ground fruiting structures: knobs, buttons, shelves, cups, and umbrellas we all know as mushrooms. We will not be touching or eating the fungi, but this will make for a great photography adventure. Wear sturdy boots and be ready for some hidden magic! Level: Moderate. No dogs. Ages: 12+…

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TLT III: Bushwacking in Andorra with Gerry Schweiger

February 18, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Cedars House Café, Forbidden Drive just below Northwestern Avenue
Philadelphia, PA, United States

Meet at the Cedars House Café We will visit some of the Andorra Meadow’s many attractions including the highest elevation in the park, the Andorra Run watershed and the Deer Exclosure.  It also has the old Bell’s Mill Trail.  As we visit this trail, it will take us back to an educational view of the park prevalent in the 1980’s. NOTE: Many brambles and thorny plants border the trails. Leather gloves should be worn. ATC miles: 3 miles Difficulty: Moderate+…

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March 2019

Woods and Meadow Hike with Kimberly Quinn

March 31, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Cedars House Café, Forbidden Drive just below Northwestern Avenue
Philadelphia, PA, United States
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Meet at Cedars House Café, Northwestern Ave. and Forbidden Drive. (GPS directions do not work for this site.) Join us for a lovely hike through woods to the Andorra Meadow and then to the Wissahickon Environmental Center on return. Learn about the former Andorra Nursery, visit the Tree House, and see the Great Beech and Fallen Magnolia. Distance: 3 miles Level: Moderate Registration is recommended for all hikes (required if indicated) so that participants can be informed of weather or other emergency…

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April 2019

Fun with Fabulous Fungi with Faith Watson

April 7, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Cedars House Café, Forbidden Drive just below Northwestern Avenue
Philadelphia, PA, United States
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Meet at Cedars House Cafe. We will explore the hills near Andorra Meadow and learn about the role underground fungi play in helping trees grow and communicate. You will also be introduced to the above-ground fruiting structures: knobs, buttons, shelves, cups, and umbrellas we all know as mushrooms. We will not be touching or eating the fungi, but this will make for a great photography adventure. Wear sturdy boots and be ready for some hidden magic! Level: Moderate. No dogs.…

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Lunch Bunch: America’s Got a Sweet Tooth with Linda Stern, MD

April 27, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Cedars House Café, Forbidden Drive just below Northwestern Avenue
Philadelphia, PA, United States
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Meet at Cedars House Café, Northwestern Ave. and Forbidden Drive. (GPS directions do not work for this site.) We all know that sugar is bad for us.  But why?  Are all sweeteners the same? What about artificial sweeteners? Meet at Cedars and pre-order a nutritious lunch.  We will then take a brisk walk to the covered bridge and back to get our heart rates up and our endorphins pumped! Over lunch we will discuss why we love sugar, and what…

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May 2019

Mother’s Day Walkabout with Kris Soffa, PA Master Naturalist

May 8, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Cedars House Café, Forbidden Drive just below Northwestern Avenue
Philadelphia, PA, United States
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Meet at The Cedars House Cafe, Note: GPS is not accurate for this location In celebration of Mother’s Day come out and hike in The Wissahickon.  FOW preserves this gorgeous National Natural Landmark park in many amazing ways. As we hike you'll learn fun ways to participate and see examples of many of FOW 's sustainable projects. We'll hike a loop from the Cedar's House Cafe to the Covered Bridge and back, along the Orange Trail and Forbidden Drive. Distance: 2…

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Fun with Fabulous Fungi with Faith Watson

May 26, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Cedars House Café, Forbidden Drive just below Northwestern Avenue
Philadelphia, PA, United States
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Meet at Cedars House Cafe. We will explore the hills near Andorra Meadow and learn about the role underground fungi play in helping trees grow and communicate. You will also be introduced to the above-ground fruiting structures: knobs, buttons, shelves, cups, and umbrellas we all know as mushrooms. We will not be touching or eating the fungi, but this will make for a great photography adventure. Wear sturdy boots and be ready for some hidden magic! Level: Moderate. No dogs.…

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June 2019

Woods and Meadow Hike with Kimberly Quinn

June 29, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Cedars House Café, Forbidden Drive just below Northwestern Avenue
Philadelphia, PA, United States
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Meet at Cedars House Café, Northwestern Ave. and Forbidden Drive. (GPS directions do not work for this site.) On this hike through woods to the Andorra Meadow and the Wissahickon Environmental Center, we’ll learn about the former Andorra Nursery, visit the Tree House, and see the Great Beech and Fallen Magnolia. ATC Miles: 3 miles Level: Moderate Registration is recommended for all hikes (required if indicated) so that participants can be informed of weather or other emergency cancellations. Unless otherwise specified, Trail…

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Fun with Fabulous Fungi with Faith Watson

June 30, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Cedars House Café, Forbidden Drive just below Northwestern Avenue
Philadelphia, PA, United States
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Meet at Cedars House Cafe. We will explore the hills near Andorra Meadow and learn about the role underground fungi play in helping trees grow and communicate. You’ll also be introduced to above-ground fruiting structures: knobs, buttons, shelves, cups, and umbrellas, which we all know as mushrooms. We will not be touching or eating the fungi, but this will make for a great photography adventure. Wear sturdy boots! Level: Moderate. No dogs. Ages: 12+ with adult. Registration is recommended for…

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July 2019

Tapping Along the Wissahickon with Kevin Eikov

July 11, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Cedars House Café, Forbidden Drive just below Northwestern Avenue
Philadelphia, PA, United States
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Meet at Cedars House Cafe. Discover how to release undue stress using the skills of tapping (or Emotional Freedom Technique). After brief instruction, we'll hike to the Covered Bridge. Level: Easy Length: 2 miles Registration is recommended for all hikes (required if indicated) so that participants can be informed of weather or other emergency cancellations. Unless otherwise specified, Trail Ambassador Walks may be on rocky, rugged trails that may be wet and slippery. Wear sturdy shoes or boots with socks.…

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Full Moon Mindfulness Hike with Irene Lotka and Jane Klein

July 16, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Cedars House Café, Forbidden Drive just below Northwestern Avenue
Philadelphia, PA, United States
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Meet at Cedars House Cafe. Take a gentle hike in silence up through the old Andorra Nursery, around the meadow and along the wooded trails. We will quiet our minds, allowing the senses to awaken while increasing our connection tot he natural world. Short reflection and moon gazing to follow. Level: Moderate. Registration is recommended for all hikes (required if indicated) so that participants can be informed of weather or other emergency cancellations. Unless otherwise specified, Trail Ambassador Walks may…

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Fun with Fabulous Fungi with Faith Watson

July 28, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Cedars House Café, Forbidden Drive just below Northwestern Avenue
Philadelphia, PA, United States
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Meet at Cedars House Cafe. We will explore the hills near Andorra Meadow and learn about the role underground fungi play in helping trees grow and communicate. You’ll also be introduced to above-ground fruiting structures: knobs, buttons, shelves, cups, and umbrellas, which we all know as mushrooms. We will not be touching or eating the fungi, but this will make for a great photography adventure. Wear sturdy boots! Level: Moderate. No dogs please. Ages: 12+ with adult. Registration is recommended…

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August 2019

Fun with Fabulous Fungi with Faith Watson

August 25, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Cedars House Café, Forbidden Drive just below Northwestern Avenue
Philadelphia, PA, United States
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Meet at Cedars House Cafe. We will explore the hills near Andorra Meadow and learn about the role underground fungi play in helping trees grow and communicate. You’ll also be introduced to above-ground fruiting structures: knobs, buttons, shelves, cups, and umbrellas, which we all know as mushrooms. We will not be touching or eating the fungi, but this will make for a great photography adventure. Wear sturdy boots! Level: Moderate. No dogs please. Ages: 12+ with adult. Registration is recommended…

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October 2019

Bone Health Yoga in Action with Kris Soffa and Esther Wyss-Flamm, Ph.D., MEd, E-RYT

October 10, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Cedars House Café, Forbidden Drive just below Northwestern Avenue
Philadelphia, PA, United States
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Meet at the Cedars House Cafe Join us for one or both of these outdoor body awareness experiences featuring two powerful bone-healthy practices: walking and standing yoga postures. Esther Wyss-Flamm of Whiteflame Yoga will teach bone health postures that support strength in standing and walking. We'll walk to the Andorra Meadow and have the opportunity to practice adjusting our everyday movements to strengthen bones and prevent injury. No yoga experience necessary. Level: Moderate Registration is recommended for all hikes (required…

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Bone Health Yoga in Action with Kris Soffa and Esther Wyss-Flamm, Ph.D., MEd, E-RYT

October 17, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Cedars House Café, Forbidden Drive just below Northwestern Avenue
Philadelphia, PA, United States
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Meet at the Cedars House Cafe Join us for one or both of these outdoor body awareness experiences featuring two powerful bone-healthy practices: walking and standing yoja postures. Esther Wyss-Flamm of Whiteflame Yoga will teach bone health postures that support strength in standing and walking. We'll walk to the Andorra Meadow and have the opportunity to practice adjusting our everyday movements to strengthen bones and prevent injury. No yoga experience necessary. Level: Moderate Registration is recommended for all hikes (required…

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Hiking the Andorra Natural Area Mindfully with Irene Lotka

October 24, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Cedars House Café, Forbidden Drive just below Northwestern Avenue
Philadelphia, PA, United States
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Meet at the Cedars House Cafe Join us as we practice moving mindfully through the Andorra Natural Area; hiking silently up through the woods and around the meadow, giving attention to the beauty of teh living world in the crisp fall air. Short group reflection to follow. Level: Moderate Registration is recommended for all hikes (required if indicated) so that participants can be informed of weather or other emergency cancellations. Unless otherwise specified, Trail Ambassador Walks may be on rocky,…

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November 2019

Volunteer Information Session

November 14, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Cedars House Café, Forbidden Drive just below Northwestern Avenue
Philadelphia, PA, United States
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Meet at Cedars House Cafe Since Friends of the Wissahickon was formed in 1924, we have only been able to continue our conservation mission with the work of volunteers. From Trail Ambassadors and Crew Leaders to Sawyers and Structures Crew members, it takes a community of stewards to maintain the 1800-acre Wissahickon Valley Park. Are you interested in being part of this community? Join Shawn Green, Volunteer Manager, for an information session on the many ways you can get involved…

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Woods & Meadow Hikes with Kimberly Quinn

November 17, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Cedars House Café, Forbidden Drive just below Northwestern Avenue
Philadelphia, PA, United States
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Meet at Cedars House Cafe On this hike through woods to the Andorra Meadow and the Wissahickon Environmental Center, we'll learn about the former Andorra Nursery, visit the Tree House, and see the Great Beech and Fallen Magnolia. Level: Moderate Distance: 3 miles Registration is recommended for all hikes (required if indicated) so that participants can be informed of weather or other emergency cancellations. Unless otherwise specified, Trail Ambassador Walks may be on rocky, rugged trails that may be wet…

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December 2019

Name that Naked Tree with Wendy Willard

December 8, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Cedars House Café, Forbidden Drive just below Northwestern Avenue
Philadelphia, PA, United States
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Meet at Cedars House Cafe How can you identify a tree once the leaves are gone? by examining bark, twigs, persistent leaves and fruit, and tree structure-and keeping your eyes wide open! Starting up toward the Tree House and along the paths parallel to the creek, we will find some of your favorite huge upland trees, standing tall or lying down. Returning on Forbidden Drive, we'll observe some lowland trees that prefer damp feet, perhaps even standing in the water.…

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January 2020

Fitness Hikes with Andi Wingert and Debbie Hoellein

January 21 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Cedars House Café, Forbidden Drive just below Northwestern Avenue
Philadelphia, PA, United States
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Meet at Cedars House Cafe Join us for a hike in our beautiful park! We will hike at a brisk pace but pause to visit points of interest. Hiking shoes or boots are recommended - there will be some hills. Bring water, snacks, insect repellent, and sunscreen. Ages 12+ with adult. Level: Strenuous. Duration: 5-6 miles Registration is recommended for all hikes (required if indicated) so that participants can be informed of weather or other emergency cancellations. Unless otherwise specified,…

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Winter Wonderland in the Wissahickon with Kris Soffa, PA Master Naturalist

January 24 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Cedars House Café, Forbidden Drive just below Northwestern Avenue
Philadelphia, PA, United States
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Meet at Cedars House Cafe Do you love frosty mornings, seeing your breath and hiking in cold weather? Get your daily dose of nature and join us for a Winter walk on Forbidden Drive. You'll learn fun facts about what is happening in the woods and in the Creek even while the wintry Wissahickon appears to be sleeping. Dress in layers for "cold weather hiking." Bring a snack and beverage. Fitness (or Ski Poles) and non-slip footwear are recommended. Distance:…

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