What’s happening in the Wissahickon?

Brrr…  it’s looking like a freezing February! There’s a lot to look forward in the Wissahickon, though, so scroll down and stay warm – here’s what’s happening in the park next month!

Stewardship and service days!

All February: Weather permitting, we’re always looking for volunteers for FOW service days on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and alternating Saturdays! From cleaning up trash to cutting back invasive vines, we get hands on to steward the park – sign up at fow.org/events. And if you like to do things on your own time, you can also pick up a Wisshero kit with mask, gloves, trash bag and instructions for your cleanup!

Yellow Trail Crossings Project

February 6-7: We will be closing a section of the Yellow Trail from 2/6 to 2/7 as we replace three deteriorating foot crossings on the trail near Gorgas Lane. Please follow all posted project signage and detours!

Count birds in your back yard (or local park)! 

February 12 -15: The Great Backyard Bird Count is coming up! Over 250,000 people observed nearly 28 million birds in this international event last year, and the data submitted for the count helps scientists put together a better picture of species numbers and migration changes. Fire up your eBird app and add your observations in the Wisshickon here!

Closer to home, you can also help FOW understand habitat happenings in the Wissahickon by becoming a habitat monitor. Here’s how to startand don’t forget to check out our Facebook on Wednesdays to see what we’re looking for in the Winter Habitat monitoring zone, Valley Green!

Will you be our valentine?

Until February 14: Well, schist. We’re in love with this Wissahickon Love shirt, and we’ll be adding it to the membership package of anyone who becomes a sustaining member at the $20/month level or above until Valentine’s day!

Plus, check out some the other great ways to love the Wissahickon in February – download the FOW Map app and take a geology tour, support the Valley Green Inn and Cedars House Cafe (FOW members get a 10% discount!), and show your love for someone special by making an honorary donation to watershed conservation in their name!

Wisstory Walks!

One of the best parts of exploring the Wissahickon in winter is that hidden history often comes to light (usually, the trees get in the way). Check out this week’s blog, where we’re taking a hike through the remnants of the Wissahickon’s industrial past!

Pictured: Historic Rittenhouse Town in the late 1800s!

Let’s be friends.

You love the Wissahickon. We do too! Support from our friends allows us to advance our conservation mission, including improving trails, keeping the creek clean, and providing free educational programming to our park community.

FOW Events Updates 

See what’s happening in the park at fow.org/events/, including weekly volunteer cleanups and virtual programming!

Stay safe, mask up.

Make sure you wear a mask and follow social distancing to keep others safe. You can find up-to-date information on COVID-19 restrictions and closures here.

Reporting Park Damages

FOW relies on the public to report issues they observe in the park in order to address them in a timely manner. All emergency situations should be reported to 911 first and foremost, but to quickly and efficiently alert our staff to a non-emergency issue, park visitors can use our Report a Problem text system. Read about how to report damages here. 

Welcome to our new Friends of the Wissahickon!

Ashley Douglas and Alexander Goldsmith
William Ford
Nancy McGowan
Jaewha Lee
TJ Schenkel
Robin Garland Sellers

40 W. Evergreen Avenue Suite 108, Philadelphia, PA 19118