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The Friends of the Wissahickon is the oldest and largest of the nonprofit, volunteer groups active in Philadelphia's Fairmount Park system. For over eighty-five years we have been stewards of Wissahickon Valley Park, the beautiful northern stretch of Fairmount Park. Our members maintain and preserve trails and historic structures, care for native plant and animal species, and protect the watershed.

FOW's Trail Ambassadors are trail guides who assist and educate people in the park, and offer guided hikes throughout the park that cover topics such as park history, geology, and ecology.

www.fow.org

215-247-0417

40 W. Evergreen Avenue, Suite 108

Philadelphia, PA 19118

Upcoming events (5)

Just a Walk in the Wissahickon Woods with Bruce Wagner

Meet at Wise's Mill Parking Lot just above Valley Green Inn Enjoy an early Autumn walk along the Wissahickon's Yellow Trail above Forbidden Drive, and then at Gorgas Lane come down to the Drive and walk home. It's a bit of a climb to get started followed by a stroll along what might be the woodsiest rolling trail in the park. Varying woods, varying terrain, little wooden bridges, park environment restoration - it's all on this walk. We'll hike at an easy pace to enjoy the woods. Bring water. Kids welcome if parents are sure they can do the walk. No dogs, please - there are many bikers on the Yellow Trail. Level: Moderate Distance: 3.5-4 Miles 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 or icy conditions. For more information contact Maeve Pollack at [masked]. Visit www.fow.org for updates.

WissaHistory: Rittenhouse Town Through the Ages with Betsy Wallace

Rittenhouse Town Homestead

Meet at Rittenhouse Town Learn about the rich history of Rittenhouse Town, the site of North America's first paper mill. What made William Rittenhouse come to America in the late 1600's with his family? How did they survive in the early 1700's and during the Revolutionary War? How did Rittenhouse Town grow into a self-sufficient village with its own school, church, and fire station? And what was Rittenhouse Town's connection to the Mennonites? Some Rittenhouse Town buildings may be gone, but their stories live on. Optional: From 12-12:30pm, take a short hilly hike to find teh McKinney Quarry on a trail starting at Rittenhouse St. Kids must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Level: Easy to moderate 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 or icy conditions. For more information contact Maeve Pollack at [masked]. Visit www.fow.org for updates.

Fitness Hikes with Andi Wingert and Debbie Hoellein

Walnut Lane Golf Club

Meet at Walnut Lane Golf Club Join us for a hike in our beautiful park! We will hike at a brisk pace but pace to visit points of interest. Hiking shoes or boots are recommended - there will be some hills. Bring water, snacks, insec repellent, and sunscreen. Level: Strenuous Distance: About 6 miles 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 or icy conditions. For more information contact Maeve Pollack at [masked]. Visit www.fow.org for updates.

Sketching Along the Wissahickon with Jane Klein

Meet at Rex Avenue Trailhead Relax into the pleasure of drawing outdoors with a group of like-minded enthusiasts. All that's needed is a sketchbook, a favorite pencil, and an appreciation for the beauty of the Wissahickon (and perhaps a towel or blanket to sit on). Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned artist you can take in the sounds of the water and the smells of early autumn without the expectation of turning your sketch into a finished work of art. Practical guidance will be provided to those who wish. Level: Moderate 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 or icy conditions. For more information contact Maeve Pollack at [masked]. Visit www.fow.org for updates.

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