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

Thursday, 3/5 - Thursday Trail Service

Thursday, 3/5
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!

Thursday, 3/12 - Thursday Trail Service

Thursday, 3/12
9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Meet at Thomas Mansion

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, 3/19 - Thursday Trail Service

Thursday, 3/19
9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Meet at Thomas Mansion

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, 3/26 - Thursday Trail Service

Thursday, 3/26
9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Meet at Hermit’s Lane 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!

Saturday, 3/28 - Lincoln Drive Clean Up

Saturday, 3/28 
9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Anyone who’s driven on Lincoln Drive knows what a beautiful (and sometimes terrifying) road it is. It’s the only street in Wissahickon Valley Park that runs next to the creek, which gives some wonderful views of the southern section of the park. Being such a highly traveled road, however, means that there is often an excess of litter that eventually makes it’s way into the creek (which, of course, is a source of drinking water for over 350,000 Philadelphians). On this Saturday, we’re working with Philadelphia Parks and Recreation to close down Lincoln Drive for a much needed clean up!

We have two meeting locations for this day, on either end of the clean up area. Both groups will work toward each other along Lincoln Drive. A rain date for this event is scheduled for Saturday, April 4. Please register below for one of the two meeting locations.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THE HISTORIC RITTENHOUSE TOWN MEETING LOCATION

or

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THE PHILADELPHIA CANOE CLUB MEETING LOCATION

Saturday, 4/18 - Earth Day Volunteer Service

Saturday, 4/18
9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Meet at Harper’s Meadow

Earth Day is an annual event celebrated around the world to demonstrate support for environmental protection. Come out on this day (yes, we’re celebrating a bit early) to show how much you love our planet and the Wissahickon! We’ll be working on a variety of projects in beautiful Harper’s Meadow, including removing invasive plant species, planting native plants, cleaning litter, and many other tasks.

Register Here!

Saturday, 4/25 - Annual Creek Clean Up

Saturday, 4/25
9:00 – 11:00 am
Meet at St. Martin’s Trailhead

Creek Clean Up from 9 to 11 am along the Cresheim Creek
Picnic from 11 am to 1 pm at Fort Washington State Park
FOW and our partners at the Wissahickon Valley Watershed Association need your help cleaning the Wissahickon Creek from top to bottom. This year, we will be working along the beautiful Cresheim Creek, which unfortunately receives an unhealthy does of litter from a nearby road. After the cleanup, all volunteers are invited to join us for a picnic with our upstream partners.

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.)
  • Service Days 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 service day 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.

Weavers Way Member Hours

Members of Weavers Way Co-Op can fulfill their yearly work obligation with specific FOW Volunteer Service Days! In order to do so, you will need register your hours through Weavers Way prior to attending the volunteer event. For more information, contact Bettina de Caumette at outreach@weaversway.coop