Friends of the Wissahickon and Chestnut Hill Hospital Expand Joint Efforts to Increase Community Engagement

The Hospital to Sponsor FOW’s Valley Talks Series


Friends of the Wissahickon (FOW) and Chestnut Hill Hospital-Tower Health are pleased to announce the Hospital’s renewed and expanded support of FOW’s community engagement activities. Chestnut Hill Hospital began its relationship with FOW last August as premier sponsor of its four-month long All Trails Challenge. The hospital will now also be the presenting sponsor of FOW’s popular Valley Talks series for 2018.

“We are thrilled to continue working with Chestnut Hill Hospital to help us further spread the word about Wissahickon Valley Park as a tremendous resource for a variety of outdoor activities that are accessible to so many individuals of all ages and abilities,” said Maura McCarthy, FOW executive director. “Together with the hospital’s reputation for promoting proactive healthy living, we can promote this important message to an even wider community.”

The spring Valley Talks series begins on Tuesday, April 17, with “Birds of the Wissahickon with Ruth Pfeffer.” Owner of Birding with Ruth and creator of the birding program at the Morris Arboretum, Pfeffer will present an informative and fun program about the many avian varieties that reside or nest in, or migrate through, the Wissahickon. There will be an emphasis on warblers and other songbirds that are returning from their southern wintering range.

On Tuesday, May 15, Maya Van Rossum presents “The Green Amendment: Securing Our Right to a Healthy Environment. The Delaware Riverkeeper and a long-time environmental activist, van Rossum will discuss her new best-selling book by the same name and how to become more engaged with environmental and water advocacy to support the Wissahickon watershed. She is currently advancing The Green Amendment movement, seeking to secure constitutional protection for environmental rights nationwide.

Fall Valley Talks take place in September and October. All lectures begin at 6 p.m. at the Valley Green Inn (Forbidden Drive). They are free for FOW members (check your e-mail for your registration link or contact to register) and $10 for non-members. Registration is recommended as seating is limited. A complimentary wine and cheese reception is offered.

 “The health of our community reaches well beyond the walls of the Hospital,” says Cathy Brzozowski, Chestnut Hill Hospital marketing director. “Our support of FOW is one more way that Chestnut Hill Hospital can encourage wellness. Hospital employees and physicians live and choose to work in the area because of the park. Whether they’re running the gravel path, hiking the trails, or casting a line, the Wissahickon provides a healthy outlet for the mind and body for the entire community. Our partnership is just a natural fit.”

About Friends of the Wissahickon

Founded in 1924, Friends of the Wissahickon (FOW) is the oldest and largest nonprofit volunteer organization working in partnership with Philadelphia Parks and Recreation to preserve and restore historical park structures and trails, eliminate invasive plant species, and monitor watershed management issues throughout the 1,800-acre Wissahickon Valley Park. The Park’s Forbidden Drive was named 2018 Trail of the year by the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. Follow FOW on Facebook and Twitter. For more information or to become a member, visit

About Chestnut Hill Hospital-Tower Health

Chestnut Hill Hospital-Tower Health is a community-based, university-affiliated, 148-bed teaching hospital committed to excellent patient-centered care. With more than 300 board-certified physicians and support medical specialties, Chestnut Hill Hospital provides a full range of inpatient and outpatient, diagnostic, and treatment services for neighbors in northwest Philadelphia and eastern Montgomery County.