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Erin Mooney, Publicist


Friends of the Wissahickon Schedules September Events

Philadelphia, PA—(September2015) Enjoy autumn in the Wissahickon, when Friends of the Wissahickon (FOW) has scheduled events and hikes led by FOW Trail Ambassadors in Wissahickon Valley Park.

September Events:

September 17, 5:30 p.m.

Road Tour, presented by RootsRated and Timberland

Timberland store, 1709 Walnut Street, Philadelphia

RootsRated is hosting a pint night with Timberland to benefit Friends of the Wissahickon. Learn more about the Wissahickon Valley Park and how you can visit this special place to preserve it.

Wednesday, September 23

Wissahickon Watershed Quizzo with Brad Maule, 9 p.m.

Earth-Bread & Brewery, 7136 Germantown Avenue

Think you know your local waterways? Know where the Schuylkill begins and where the Delaware ends? Prove it at a special all-watersheds edition of Quizzo hosted by Friends of the Wissahickon and emceed by Brad Maule, who recently spent a year collecting a year’s worth of trash for his “One Man’s Trash” exhibit at the Fairmount Water Works.

Thursday, September 24

Valley Talk, sponsored by Valley Green Bank: “Birds, Beans, and Conservation: Simple Ways to Save Migratory Birds” with Scott Weidensaul

6 p.m. at the Valley Green Inn

Since the dawn of human imagination, we have been spellbound by the migration of birds, in which even the smallest species traverse immensities of space the way we cross the street. While the populations of many migratory birds are in drastic decline, there are many things we can do to save them. Naturalist and author Scott Weidensaul explores the wonder and mechanics of migration, and the simple, effective ways we can preserve them, from what we plant in our backyards to what we pour into our morning mug of coffee.

Scott Weidensaul is the author of more than two dozen books on natural history, including the Pulitzer Prize finalist Living on the Wind, about bird migration, Return to Wild America, and The First Frontier: The Forgotten History of Struggle, Savagery and Endurance in Early America. His newest book, The Peterson Reference Guide to Owls of North America and the Caribbean, will be published in October 2015. Weidensaul is a contributing editor for Audubon and writes for a variety of other publications. He lives in the mountains of eastern Pennsylvania, where he studies the migration of hawks, owls, and hummingbirds.


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. 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 six are welcome if accompanied by a responsible adult.Walks are cancelled in heavy rain. For more information or to register, contactSarah Marley at Visit for updates.

WissahickonWalkerswith Kris Soffa

Wednesday, September 16, 9 a.m.
Meet at The Cedars House Cafe located at the north end of Forbidden Drive at Northwestern Ave and Andorra Road.

Join us every Wednesday for a brisk-paced two- mile walk on Forbidden Drive from The Cedars House Cafe to the Covered Bridge and back. Learn fitness walking tips about posture, stretching, fitness poles, weight vests, etc. Suitable for adults. No pets please. If raining, walk is canceled.

Saturday, September 19, 3 p.m.

Geology Hike with Sarah West

Meet at shelter outside Cedars House near intersection of Forbidden Drive and Northwestern Avenue.

This walk will take you to several interesting geological formations including an 18th century granite quarry and the talc-shist and magnetite formations near Bells Mill Road.

Sunday, September 27, 3-5 p.m.

Explore the Woods and Andorra Meadow with Kimberly Quinn

Meet at Cedars House, Northwestern Avenue and Forbidden Drive.

Hike the Andorra Meadow and learn about the former Andorra Nursery and visit the Wissahickon Environmental Center. See the Great Beech and Fallen Magnolia. Children eight and over are welcome with an adult.

About Friends of the Wissahickon

Founded in 1924, FOW is a 1,600-member nonprofit organization and works in partnership with Philadelphia Parks and Recreation to restore historical park structures, eliminate invasive plant species, monitor watershed management issues, and restore trails throughout the Wissahickon Park. Follow FOW on Facebook and Twitter. For more information or to become a member,