5 days ago

Garlic Mustard – An Edible, Delicious Invasive

By Trish Fries, Environmental Education Program Specialist

    Garlic Mustard - An Edible, Delicious Invasive - Friends of Wissahickon
    By Trish Fries, Environmental Education Program Specialist Garlic mustard (Alliaria petiolata) is a common invasive plant seen all over the forest floor in the Wissahickon and throughout the eastern United States. A native of Europe and Asia, it was introduced into this country for use medicinally and as an edible herb.
    https://www.fow.org

May 08

Trailhead Spotlight: Hartwell Lane

By Shawn Green

    Trailhead Spotlight: Hartwell Lane - Friends of Wissahickon
    By Shawn Green On beautiful summer weekends, when the Valley Green parking areas are overflowing with cars and people, it might seem hard to believe that just a short distance away is a quiet, less-used entrance to the park. Adjacent to Springside Chestnut Hill Academy (SCH), and nestled along the curve where Cherokee Street turns ...
    https://www.fow.org

May 01

FOW is Hiring- Seasonal Outreach Assistants

Friends of the Wissahickon is hiring a 3 person seasonal outreach crew to work in Wissahickon Valley Park this summer.  Applications are being accepted and considered on a rolling basis.  Please visit the Idealist posting for a detailed job description and application details.

    FOW is Hiring- Seasonal Outreach Assistants - Friends of Wissahickon
    Friends of the Wissahickon is hiring a 3 person seasonal outreach crew to work in Wissahickon Valley Park this summer. Applications are being accepted and considered on a rolling basis. Please visit the Idealist posting for a detailed job description and application details. Seasonal Outreach Assistant Friends of the Wissahickon (FOW) is seeking three (3) ...
    https://www.fow.org

May 01

What to See in the Wissahickon

By Wendy Willard, Trail Ambassador and Crew Leader with Don Simon, Trail Ambassador

    What to See in the Wissahickon - Friends of Wissahickon
    By Wendy Willard, Trail Ambassador and Crew Leader with Don Simon, Trail Ambassador Skunk Cabbage (a.k.a. Polecat Weed) Symplocarpus foetidus Skunk cabbage is a late winter to early spring ephemeral, one of the first signs of spring in February to March. To look its best, it needs mucky soil and sunlight before the deciduous trees ...
    https://www.fow.org

Apr 25

FOW is Hiring- Seasonal Field Coordinator

Friends of the Wissahickon is hiring for the following seasonal position.  Applications are being accepted and considered on a rolling basis.  Please visit the Idealist posting for a detailed job description and application details.

    FOW is Hiring- Seasonal Field Coordinator - Friends of Wissahickon
    Friends of the Wissahickon is hiring for the following seasonal position. Applications are being accepted and considered on a rolling basis. Please visit the Idealist posting for a detailed job description and application details. Position Description: Seasonal Field Coordinator Temporary/Part Time: May 29 - December 22, 2018 Schedule: 30 hours Tuesdays - Saturdays Salary: $20/hr ...
    https://www.fow.org

Apr 25

How to Report a Problem w/ Textizen

With an office of only 11 full time staff members, FOW relies on the public to report issues they observe in the park in order to address them in a timely manner, and ensure the preservation of Wissahickon Valley Park for generations to come. These problems can range from not urgent (for example, a fallen tree blocking a trail) to emergency situations (someone is hurt in the park). 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.

    How to Report a Problem w/ Textizen - Friends of Wissahickon
    With an office of only 11 full time staff members, FOW relies on the public to report issues they observe in the park in order to address them in a timely manner, and ensure the preservation of Wissahickon Valley Park for generations to come. These problems can range from not urgent (for example, a fallen ...
    https://www.fow.org

Apr 17

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

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