3 days ago

Bluebirding: Walking the meadows in search of new families

by Carol Beam

    Bluebirding: Walking the meadows in search of new families - Friends of Wissahickon
    by Carol Beam This is one of the best reasons ever to walk in our meadows! Every spring teams go out to see what's going on in those 41 wooden boxes on poles that dot the Houston and Andorra Meadows. We're in search of bluebirds, but there are a few other birds who show up.
    https://www.fow.org

Apr 10

From the Archives: Return of a Woodpecker

By David Perlman

    From the Archives: Return of a Woodpecker - Friends of Wissahickon
    By David Perlman Another article in an occasional series of articles that appeared in FOW's publications in the past and still resonate with us today. This piece was written by former FOW board member David Perlman. He served on FOW's board from 1994 through 2000. This article first appeared in FOW's Fall 1997 newsletter.
    https://www.fow.org

Apr 04

Fallen Trees? FOW Volunteer Sawyers to the Rescue

Ever wonder how fallen trees are cleared from trails? Tree falls are an unfortunate and common occurrence in the Wissahickon, and most park users have seen the impact of large fallen canopy trees throughout the park, which sometimes block the very trail on which they are hiking. What to do? Climb over? Under? Go around? Turn back? Depending on the situation, options can be limited and often hazardous.

    Fallen Trees? FOW Volunteer Sawyers to the Rescue - Friends of Wissahickon
    Ever wonder how fallen trees are cleared from trails? Tree falls are an unfortunate and common occurrence in the Wissahickon, and most park users have seen the impact of large fallen canopy trees throughout the park, which sometimes block the very trail on which they are hiking. What to do?
    https://www.fow.org

Mar 28

Friends of the Wissahickon Now Issuing Philadelphia Natural Surface Trail Permits

Valid Permits Required to Ride Wissahickon Trails

    Friends of the Wissahickon Now Issuing Philadelphia Natural Surface Trail Permits - Friends of Wissahickon
    Valid Permits Required to Ride Wissahickon Trails All equestrians and bicyclists over the age of 16 are required to display a valid City of Philadelphia Natural Surface Trails Permit to use the upper trails of Wissahickon Valley Park (and the soft trails of Pennypack Park).
    https://www.fow.org

Mar 21

Get Inspired! Enter the Wissahickon Photo Contest.

Artists, photographers, writers, poets, and musicians can all claim the Wissahickon Valley as a muse. So what’s stopping you from joining their ranks and entering the Biennial Wissahickon Photo Contest 2018? This year’s contest is being presented by FOW, the Wissahickon Valley Watershed Association, and (for the first year ever) the Woodmere Art Museum. Entrants can submit up to 4 photos and submissions will be accepted from April 2 to October 15. Scroll down for specific contest rules.

    Get Inspired! Enter the Wissahickon Photo Contest. - Friends of Wissahickon
    Artists, photographers, writers, poets, and musicians can all claim the Wissahickon Valley as a muse. So what's stopping you from joining their ranks and entering the Biennial Wissahickon Photo Contest 2018? This year's contest is being presented by FOW, the Wissahickon Valley Watershed Association, and (for the first year ever) the Woodmere Art Museum.
    https://www.fow.org

Mar 15

Winter Wilds: Reflections on Winter Hiking

By Carol Beam

    Winter Wilds: Reflections on Winter Hiking - Friends of Wissahickon
    By Carol Beam I can understand the first impulse: No. No way. Not happening. No thanks. That's how lots of people react to the invitation to hike in the dead of winter. Sure, it's going to be kind of challenging when you first get going.
    http://www.fow.org

Mar 08

Volunteer for FOW’s Super Saturday Work Days this Spring

The ground may still be snow-covered, but we’re planning for Spring with cleanups, trail work, and planting. We can’t do all this work alone-we need your help. Join the community that cares for the Wissahickon-attend one or more of our Super Saturday volunteer events this spring!

    Volunteer for FOW's Super Saturday Work Days this Spring - Friends of Wissahickon
    The ground may still be snow-covered, but we're planning for Spring with cleanups, trail work, and planting. We can't do all this work alone-we need your help. Join the community that cares for the Wissahickon-attend one or more of our Super Saturday volunteer events this spring! Work days are open to the public.
    http://www.fow.org

Feb 22

Project Announcement: Andorra Stormwater Management and Sedimentation Reduction Project

STATUS: In Progress Spring 2018

    Project Announcement: Andorra Stormwater Management and Sedimentation Reduction Project - Friends of Wissahickon
    STATUS: In Progress Spring 2018 SCHEDULE: Phase I Construction March - May 2018 FUNDING: PA Department of Environmental Protection, Growing Greener Grant Program COST: $379,500 PROJECT TEAM: A.D. Marble Engineering - Design and Permitting, Flyways Excavating - Construction PARTNERS: Philadelphia Parks and Recreation, Philadelphia Streets Department, Springfield Township BACKGROUND The Andorra Natural Area was once part of the largest commercial nursery ...
    https://www.fow.org

Feb 21

Sweet Dreams of Sugar Season

By Christina Moresi, M.Ed., Wissahickon Environmental Center

    Sweet Dreams of Sugar Season - Friends of Wissahickon
    By Christina Moresi, M.Ed., Wissahickon Environmental Center At the Tree House, winter is a time of preparation for spring. We spend our days cleaning, organizing, planning, creating, greeting adventurous winter visitors, teaching, and dreaming of our sweet Maple Sugar Season. Sugar season begins as the winter is coming to an end.
    https://www.fow.org

Feb 14

Pennsylvania Names Philadelphia’s Forbidden Drive as 2018 Trail of the Year

Natural Resources (DCNR) Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn announced that Forbidden Drive located in Wissahickon Valley Park, has been named 2018 Trail of the Year.

    Pennsylvania Names Philadelphia's Forbidden Drive as 2018 Trail of the Year - Friends of Wissahickon
    Natural Resources (DCNR) Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn announced that Forbidden Drive located in Wissahickon Valley Park, has been named 2018 Trail of the Year. "This trail truly is among so many Fairmount Park gems, and one that shines brightest for the thousands of hikers, bikers, anglers and others who travel it each year," Dunn said.
    https://www.fow.org

Feb 14

There and Back Again: The Upper Parking Lot Loop

By John Holback

    There and Back Again: The Upper Parking Lot Loop - Friends of Wissahickon
    By John Holback There are approximately 50 miles of trails in the Wissahickon Park. Three trails (Orange, White, and Yellow) run parallel to the creek for more or less the whole length of the park, while two smaller trail networks (The Lavender Trails and the Andorra Trails) fill in some of the gaps.
    https://www.fow.org

Feb 07

From the Archives: Winter Birding in the Wissahickon

by Steve Lawrence

    From the Archives: Winter Birding in the Wissahickon - Friends of Wissahickon
    by Steve Lawrence One in an occasional series in which FOW publishes articles that appeared in our publications in the past, and still resonate with us today. This piece was written by Steve Lawrence (1921-2012) for FOW's Winter 2006 Newsletter. He was an FOW Board Member, Chair of the Wildlife Committee, and an avid bird-watcher ...
    https://www.fow.org

Feb 01

How much do you know about the Seven Historic Wissahickon Road Houses?

By Sarah West

    How much do you know about the Seven Historic Wissahickon Road Houses? - Friends of Wissahickon
    By Sarah West The Wissahickon Road House Era lasted from the 1840's to about 1915. See if you can match each of the seven pictures below to its name. These photos were taken before 1916. (Source of Information: Chestnut Hill Local, Dec 13, 1990, Helen Moak, Jefferson Moak, Sioux Baldwin pp 72- 75) a.Valley Green ...
    https://www.fow.org

Jan 23

Partner Spotlight: Friends of the Cresheim Trail

By Susan Dannenberg, Chair, FoCT Board of Directors

    Partner Spotlight: Friends of the Cresheim Trail - Friends of Wissahickon
    By Susan Dannenberg, Chair, FoCT Board of Directors It has been an exciting year for the Cresheim Trail. The big news is that Councilwoman Cindy Bass introduced an ordinance that will authorize the City of Philadelphia to acquire the bridge and lease the railroad right-of-way from PECO that will allow the Cresheim Trail to continue ...
    https://www.fow.org

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