Winter Walks and Talks with FOW Trail Ambassadors

Enjoy winter in the park with Friends of the Wissahickon (FOW) Trail Ambassadors, who are offering free hikes and lectures at Cedars House in Wissahickon Valley Park during the month of February.

Trail Ambassador Walk

Registration is recommended for all hikes so that participants can be informed of weather or other emergency cancellations. Unless otherwise specified, Trail Ambassador hikes may use rocky, rugged trails that may be wet and slippery. Wear sturdy shoes or boots with socks. Long pants are recommended for protection against occasional poison ivy and possible ticks. Bring water and a snack if desired. Unless otherwise noted, children over seven are welcome if accompanied by a responsible adult. Walks are cancelled in heavy rain or icy conditions. For more information or to register, contact  Sarah Marley at Visit for updates.

scott quitel 2The Power of Geology with Scott Quitel

Saturday, February 22                     9 am

After flowing generally south for about 5 miles, the Wissahickon Creek takes a sharp turn to the west, near where Monoshone Creek comes in, and then continues west to its confluence with the Schuylkill. Why? Much of the answer has to do with the surrounding rock. This hike will focus on a noteworthy large rock formation that preserves millions of years of geologic history. What forces combined to create such massive formations, put graceful folds within many of the rocks, and put the creek in its place? Difficulty: mildly strenuous. Meet near the Battle of Germantown Tablet, in the parking area where Forbidden and Lincoln Drives meet.


 About Friends of the Wissahickon

 The Friends of the Wissahickon, founded in 1924 and celebrating its 90th Anniversary this year, is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the Wissahickon Valley. FOW works in partnership with Philadelphia Parks and Recreation to restore historical structures throughout the park, eliminate invasive plant species, monitor watershed management issues, and restore trails throughout the Wissahickon Valley Park with its Sustainable Trails Initiative. For more information or to become a member, visit