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

Membership

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

Annual Fund

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

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

Winter in the Wissahickon

Birds & Brews at Barnegat Light - PROGRAM IS FULL

Saturday, February 29 | 10:00 a.m.

Come explore this winter birding hotspot on Long Beach Island. We’ll look for Harlequin Ducks, Loons, and Mergansers plus Purple Sandpipers and Snow Buntings. Meet at the Barnegat Lighthouse parking lot for the bird part of the day (208 Broadway, Barnegat Light, NJ 08006). We will then migrate to the other end of the island for beers at Ship Bottom Brewery. Free for members, $10 for non-members.

Maple Sugaring Festival - Online registration closed, walk-ins welcome

Sunday, March 1 | 12:00 to 3:00 p.m.

Do you love maple syrup on your waffles? So do we! Come with your friends, family, or scout troop. Guides take small groups through the woods to see the tapped maple trees and then watch it being boiled into sugar. We end the hike in a warm historic barn where hot cocoa, waffles, maple syrup, and good cheer await you! Timed tours last approximately 45 minutes. Last tour leaves at 3:00 p.m.

Parking:
Ambler Borough at the Post Office or Cornerstone Presbyterian Church.

Pricing:

WVWA Members: $5 adult/$3 child (12 years and under)
Non-Members: $10 adult/$5 child (12 years and under)

Woodcock Walk

Friday, March 20 | 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.

Join us for an evening walk at Crossways Preserve to witness one of the most remarkable signs of spring, the display of the American Woodcock. The walk will end by (hopefully!) watching the courtship dance and song of this secretive bird. Participants should dress for the weather and bring binoculars and a flashlight (if you have them) - some loaners will be available. This program is free for members and children under 12, $10 for non-members. 
(Photo: Richard Crossley/VIREO via Audubon)

Walk the Wissahickon – Southern Series: 5-mile Hike from Four Mills to Morris Arboretum

Sunday, March 22 |1:30 to 4:00 p.m.

This hike offers those that love the annual Walk the Wissahickon event a chance to experience a different mini-section of the beautiful Green Ribbon Trail. A 5-mile trail that follows the Wissahickon Creek from Four Mills Nature Reserve to Morris Arboretum. All of the walks are guided and people are bussed back to the starting point. Walk will be held rain or shine. $30 for members, $40 for non-members. Registration fee includes guided walk, light refreshments, and bus ride.

Annual Meeting

Wednesday, March 25 | 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.

Members, volunteers, and friends are invited to join WVWA board of directors and staff for a night of good cheer as we celebrate the success of 2019 and share our plans for 2020 and beyond. Light refreshments will be served. This event will be held at Germantown Academy, 340 Morris Rd, Fort Washington, PA 19034. Event is free; RSVP requested. 

50th Annual Creek Clean Up

Saturday, April 25 | 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Be part of the 50th Annual Creek Clean Up of the Wissahickon Creek and its many tributaries. This event is perfect for individuals, families, scout troops, corporate groups, and more. After cleaning your assigned section, join us at Fort Washington State Park for a picnic. Volunteer program is free, sign up for your section on our website.

News

Temporary Trail Closures

Portion of the Green Ribbon Trail is temporarily closed due to safety concerns posed by dead trees along the trail.

Event Sponsors

Thanks to our Green Ribbon Trail Race and Walk the Wissahickon sponsors for their generous support.

Route 202 Reconstruction Project

Beginning 1/27/20 there will be construction between Swedesford Rd and Morris Rd, a portion of the Green Ribbon Trail will be closed.

Summer & Fall 2019 Newsletter

A look behind the scenes of current and upcoming projects.


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.