Our Mission

We inspire and engage diverse communities of people to protect, steward and enjoy the land and waterways of the Wissahickon Valley.

About Us

The Wissahickon Valley Watershed Association is a 501c3 nonprofit organization working since 1957 to keep the Wissahickon Valley a place where people and nature can thrive.

For WVWA Staff and Board directory, click here.

 

Note: This is a temporary website, stay tuned for a new website in 2020.

Support the Wissahickon

Become a Member or Donate

Annual Fund

People need nature and nature needs people - people like you. Make a special, one-time gift.

Membership

Select monthly giving or a yearly membership to provide ongoing support of our mission.

Green Ribbon Gala

Enjoy cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and live music as we celebrate our 62 year legacy of conservation.

Adopt-A-Monarch: all proceeds will support our monarch monitoring and butterfly conservation program, click here

For information about corporate sponsorship, EITC program, planned giving, matching gifts, click here.

Events

Fall and Winter in the Wissahickon

Fall Mill Festival

Sunday, September 15 | 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Celebrate traditions from times past at the Fall Mill Festival. Take a tour of Montgomery County's only water-powered gristmill and experience many hands-on, family-friendly demonstrations including tin smithing, lucet braiding, weaving, corn husk doll making, Lenni-Lenape story teller, and blacksmith shop. Event is free. The Mill is located on the Wissahickon Creek at Swedesford & Township Line Roads in North Wales, PA.

Monarch Tagging Pop-up

Every Tuesday, September 17 to October 15 | 9:00 to 10:30 a.m.

Help WVWA learn more about monarch butterfly migration and contribute to several national citizen science projects that monitor monarch population status. Join us to help net and tag migrating monarchs. This is event is great for people of all ages. Locations vary based on butterflies, location confirmation will be sent to registrants in advance of the event. Each session is limited to 10 registrants.

Managing Stormwater at Home

Tuesday, September 17 | 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Stormwater runoff is one of the main stressors to the health of the Wissahickon Creek. Join us for a lecture by Zach Popkin from Philadelphia Horticultural Society's Rain Check program to learn about ways you can manage stormwater on your property. Free for members, $10 for non-members. Program will be held at Four Mills Barn.

Monarch Tagging Pop-up

Every Thursday, September 19 to October 10 | 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.

Help WVWA learn more about monarch butterfly migration and contribute to several national citizen science projects that monitor monarch population status. Join us to help net and tag migrating monarchs. This is event is great for people of all ages. Locations vary based on butterflies, location confirmation will be sent to registrants in advance of the event. Each session is limited to 10 registrants.

Butterfly ID Walk

Saturday, September 21 | 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Learn about the wonderful world of butterflies during this introductory workshop and nature walk at Temple Ambler Arboretum! Participants learn the basics of butterfly life cycles, identification and how to support them on your own property. Free for members and children under 12, $10 for non-members.

Walk the Wissahickon

Sunday, September 29 | 8:00 a.m. start

Walk the Wissahickon offers you a chance to experience the beautiful Green Ribbon Trail, a 21-mile trail that follows the Wissahickon Creek from North Wales and eventually connects with Fairmount Park's Forbidden Drive. You can choose to walk 5, 8, 13 or 21 miles of the trail. Registration fee includes guided walk, picnic lunch, T-shirt and bus ride back! 

$30 by Sept. 9 | $35 by Sept. 23 | $40 after Sept. 23

Serve the Preserve

Saturday, October 12 | 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Help pollinator species and other wildlife by spending the morning with WVWA as we work to enhance the meadows and woodlands of our Piszek Preserve. Following a bit of site prep, volunteers will help carefully hand-sow native wildflower seeds, as well as remove invasive species along a forest edge where replanting will occur later in the year. Other stewardship activities might take place, depending on timing. Program is open to all ages.  

Birds & Brews at Willow Lake Farm

Sunday, October 13 | 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Willow Lake Farm is great for migrating fall warblers. Join us for a walk in the preserve and then for brunch at Panache Wood Fire Brick Oven Grill in Blue Bell. Free for members, $10 for non-members. Please note: dress for the weather, trails may be wet or muddy, bring binoculars (loaners available), program may be cancelled for rain or snow.

Green Ribbon Gala

Sunday, October 20 | 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

We invite you to join us at historic Cedarbrook Country Club for this year’s Green Ribbon Gala. Enjoy cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and live music as we celebrate our 62 year legacy of conservation. The Wissahickon Creek meanders throughout this verdant 225-acre property, sustaining lakes, ponds and abundant wildlife. The Green Ribbon Gala is a time to celebrate the Wissahickon Valley Watershed Association's work and gather with friends, new and old.

Craft Beer by the Creek

Saturday, October 26 | 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

For this event we'll have a food truck, local craft beer, hard cider, and live music at Four Mills Barn. This is a family friendly event and leashed dogs are invited to join the fun. Due to limited parking, attendees park in Ambler and take a short (and beautiful!) hike on the Green Ribbon Trail to the historic Four Mills Barn along the Wissahickon Creek. The event is free for WVWA members and $10 for non-members. Food and drinks are pay as you go.

Family Friendly Ghost Tour & Pumpkin Painting

Sunday, October 26 | 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Don’t miss this slightly spooky but fun evening when old Henry Mumbower and his family revisit his Mill to see how it is operating today. Relax and roast marshmallows and enjoy some seasonal cider. Come early to paint your own pumpkin from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. Event is free. The Evans-Mumbower Mill is located on the Wissahickon Creek at Swedesford & Township Line Roads in North Wales, PA.

5-Mile Green Ribbon Trail Race

Saturday, November 2 | 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.

Challenge yourself on the beautiful Green Ribbon Trail. This 5-mile race is ideal for both experienced and new trail runners. Runners will start at Parkside Place Park and follow the Green Ribbon Trail downstream, circle through the Natural Lands' Gwynedd Preserve and finish back at the Park’s pavilion for the award ceremony and brunch.

Volunteer

WVWA’s volunteer community is a diverse group of committed individuals, families, and groups that work to support the mission of the organization in many different ways. Volunteer opportunities include: Conservation Crew, Education, Evans-Mumbower Mill, Special Events, Citizen Science, Creek Watch Program, and Group Service Projects.

For information about our volunteer opportunities, click here.