Spring things!

While spring may not officially be here until March 21, we’re super excited for all that it brings: green shoots and spring ephemerals in the parknew programming from us and our partners, and even the opportunity to join the FOW team

Meanwhile, take the chance to enjoy this gorgeous spring landscape from Carole Boughter!

Can you spot a spring ephemeral?

With wonderful names like mayapples, trillium, bloodroot, and trout lily (pictured above), you don’t want to miss the Wissahickon’s spring wildflowers – they’re only here for a moment, too! Learn more about these exciting plants with Trail Ambassador Lisa Stout.

Knowing what plants, animals, fungi and more live in Wissahickon Valley Park is also critical to our habitat restoration efforts – and you can help us out today by observing species on your hike. Visit fow.org/volunteering/habitat to get started on some citizen science.

Historical happenings

With the recent Wissahickon Bike Trail bridge closure in mind (project and detour information is here), we dug into the history behind the bike trail in this week’s blogP.S: If you’re hunting for more park history, check out articles, videos and more at the Trails to the Past section of FOW’s Virtual Valley.

Join our team!

We’re hiring! Friends of the Wissahickon (FOW) is seeking SIX (6) Seasonal Field Crew members to assist us in regular clean-ups and general stewardship of Wissahickon Valley Park during its highest use season. This position is also responsible for providing consistent, effective outreach with park visitors at our highest-use locations by sharing FOW’s mission and responsible park use principles.

The position’s time frame will be from from April to November, with a flexible end date. This job is primarily field-based and applicants should be comfortable with spending long periods of time outdoors in all-weather situations. Ideal candidates will have work & labor experience, are friendly and personable, can clearly communicate with the public, be highly motivated, and be able to successfully work as part of a team. Bilingual (English/Spanish) speakers preferred. The deadline to apply is March 20th.

March Events (from FOW and friends!)

Beyond FOW’s weekly volunteer days, there’s lots going on this March online! Sign up for the following events from FOW and our partners.

TUESDAY 3/9, 3:00 PM: Read Good Night Wissahickon Valley Park with Let’s Go Outdoors

As part of the Little Friends of the Wissahickon Program, our partners at Let’s Go Outdoors are hosting live readings for kids online! Children participating get a copy of Good Night Wisshickon Valley Park and a prize pack, too. Register here for the  3/9 or 3/26 readings.

THURSDAY 3/11, 6:00 PM: Woodcock Walk with Martin Seltzer

Watch out for woodcocks! Join our friends at WEC and local birder Martin Seltzer for an (in-person) bird walk in Houston Meadow. Registration opens one week before the event.

THURSDAY 3/25, 6:00 PM: Wildlife Rescue with Jackie Kent

Want to know more about wildlife rehabilitation, what you should do if you find an injured animal, and who’s living in our area? FOW Trail Ambassador Jackie Kent and her rescue crow Russell are here to answer your questions! Join us for a livestream on Facebook and Youtube. 

Check out fow.org/events for more!

Let’s be friends.

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

Get involved! 

Sign up for FOW’s weekly volunteer cleanups and virtual programming at fow.org/events/.

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!

Lee Elliott
Francis Fedoroff
Joan Kuntz
Dr. Craig Stevens
Meghann Williams
Robin Worgan and Glenn Worgan

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