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  • Evans-Mumbower Mill Open House

    1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

    Season Opener
    Start the 2017 season and feel the excitement of rumbling stones, hear the splash of water over the wheel, and witness the cornmeal as it spills down a chute and into a barrel below.

  • 6:00 p.m. - Expo in Ambler Theater lobby
    7:30 p.m. - Film followed by panel discussion

    WVWA is proud to be a sponsor of the annual Sustainable Film Series hosted by Pennypack Farm & Education Center.  Come early to visit with sponsors. Stay after the film for a panel discussion.

  • Serve the Preserve

    9:00 a.m.

    Help WVWA continue our restoration efforts this spring at Crossways Preserve. Volunteers will remove invasive plants and plant native trees and shrubs. Please wear sturdy shoes for digging, and bring a shovel and gloves if you have them; otherwise we will provide.

  • Rain Barrel Program

    7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

    Purchase a professional, locally made, rain barrel from Camels Hump Rain Barrels.  Learn how to hook up and care for your rain barrel, retaining runoff and reusing the water in your garden!

  • From Soup to Owls

    This program is sold out.
    6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

    Join us at WVWA Headquarters for a delicious soup dinner and presentation about owl biology and the species likely to be found in the Wissahickon. After dinner, we’ll head out for a moonlight walk at Armentrout Preserve in search of these nocturnal wonders.

  • Sustainable - Pennypack Film Series

    6:00 p.m. - Expo in Ambler Theater lobby
    7:30 p.m. - Film followed by panel discussion

    WVWA is proud to be a sponsor of the annual Sustainable Film Series hosted by Pennypack Farm & Education Center.  Come early to visit with sponsors. Stay after the film for a panel discussion.

  • Trail Steward Hike - Armentrout & Camp Woods

    This program is postponed due to weather and trail conditions - Date TBD 
    4:00 p.m.

    Trail Steward Tom Messmer will lead an easy 2-mile hike through the many eco-systems of Armentrout Preserve and Camp Woods.

  • Woodmere Winter Member's Mixer

    4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

    The Woodmere Art Museum is inviting WVWA Members and Volunteers to join them at the Winter Members Mixer.  Warm up, view their current exhibitions, and enjoy some refreshments while you mingle.

  • Maple Sugaring Festival

    Online registration is closed. Walk-in registration available at event. Best tour times available are 1:45 p.m. or later. 

    12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

    Learn how maple syrup and sugar are made - a delicious and fun way to make science come alive! WVWA offers a very special winter event that is ideal for families, scout groups and anyone curious about the maple sugar process.  Guides take small groups through the woods to see the tapped trees and then watch it being boiled into sugar. End your walk at WVWA’s historic headquarters for hot chocolate and warm treats with maple syrup. Tours last approximately 45 minutes.  Last tour leaves at 3:00 p.m.

  • Farmland - Pennypack Film Series

    6:00 p.m. - Expo in Ambler Theater lobby
    7:30 p.m. - Film followed by panel discussion

    WVWA is proud to be a sponsor of the annual Sustainable Film Series hosted by Pennypack Farm & Education Center.  Come early to visit with sponsors. Stay after the film for a panel discussion.

  • Fireside Frostbite 5 Miler

    9:00 a.m.

    The Ambler Area Running Club proudly presents the 18th annual Frostbite Five Miler. Amenities include chip timing, great post-race food from Fireside Bar & Grille, sweatshirts if registered by January 13.  The race benefits WVWA. Register to run or volunteer - www.aarclub.com/Frostbite

  • Attracting Bluebirds

    PROGRAM RESCHEDULED for Thursday, February 16 due to weather

    7:00 p.m. 

    Betsy Nutt, Penn State Master Gardener and member of the Bluebird Society of Pennsylvania’s speaker’s bureau will give a talk on the history, biology, necessary habitat, protecting and monitoring of the bluebird. 

  • Great Backyard Bird Count

    1:00 p.m.

    Learn how to participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count! The GBBC creates a real-time snapshot of bird populations that scientists use for conservation. This event is great for people new to birding or those interested in citizen science and learning how to identify common backyard birds.

  • Winter Hike at Four Mills Reserve

    1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

    There’s nothing quite like the peaceful stillness of the winter woods, so put on your hiking boots and join us for a walk along the Green Ribbon Trail at Four Mills Reserve. We’ll go in search of wintering wildlife through the woods and fields of this 52.75-acre reserve, then head back to the barn at WVWA headquarters to warm up over some hot chocolate!

  • Mason Bees

    7:00 p.m. - Program Full

    Mason Bees: The hardest working bees everyone should have in their backyard!

    Join local beekeeper and WVWA board member Scott Bartow as he shares the benefits and importance of native pollinators known as Mason and Leafcutter Bees.   Learn why these beautiful insects are considered "stingless bees" and why they are better pollinators than the honey bee. 

  • Annual Meeting

    6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.​

    Members and friends are invited to join WVWA board of directors and staff as we launch our 60th anniversary year. Join us for good cheer and light refreshments as we honor the dedication, work and spirit of our community. 

  • Edible Ornaments for Birds

    Program is Full

    6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
    WVWA Headquarters at Four Mills Barn

    During the winter, birds face a challenge: finding enough food to survive the cold, snowy weather at a time when food is more scarce. You can help by putting out homemade, birdseed ornaments, which also decorate your backyard trees! Since you’ll be taking your ornaments home, be sure to bring a container with you. Hot chocolate and cookies will be served. Please note ornaments may be made with products containing nuts.

     
  • Bird Seed Sale

    Order by: Sunday, November 27
    Pick-up: Friday, December 2 & Saturday, December 3

    WVWA is now offering one bird seed sale per year with a new date in December.
    Order high quality birdseed appropriate to the birds found in the Wissahickon Watershed.  All sales support WVWA stewardship efforts.

  • Evans-Mumbower Mill Open House

    Open House & Trail Walk

    1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    After touring the Mill, take a walk along the former millrace that fed the mill, to locate the remnants of the dam in the Upper Wissahickon. The walk will begin at 2:00 pm and last approximately an hour. Please wear sturdy shoes or boots!

  • Japanese Forest Bathing

    PROGRAM FULL

    1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
     

    A walk in the woods… The Japanese call it shinrinyoku, or ‘forest bathing’.
    Join us for a contemplative walk in the woods with Sarah Gabriel. We won’t be walking very far so even those with limited mobility are invited. We’ll start and end with a few minutes of talking including some suggestions of how to spend our time in the woods but mostly you will just have quiet time to connect with natural rhythms, rejuvenate your body, and nourish your soul.

  • Bird Walk at Crossways Preserve

    8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

    Take a walk at Crossways Preserve with WVWA Naturalist, Margaret Rohde, and learn about bird biology and how to use field marks and behavior to identify warblers, thrushes, tanagers, and sparrows passing through on fall migration. Both beginners and experienced birders welcome!

  • Green Ribbon Trail Race

    Online registration is closed. Day-of registration opens at 8:00 a.m.
    $35 fee - cash, checks and credits cards accepted

    9:00 a.m. start

    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 Trust’s Gwynedd Wildlife Preserve and finish back at the Park’s pavilion for the award ceremony and brunch.

  • Pie, Cider & Owls at Four Mills Reserve

    Program is Sold Out

    6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

    October is one of the best times of the year to see and hear owls - and what could be a better way to take advantage of Autumn’s beautiful, quiet nights than to go in search of those nocturnal wonders.  Join us for an evening of pie and cider at WVWA headquarters, followed by an owl-prowl through the twilight woods!

  • Bird Walk at Willow Lake Farm

    8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

    Take a walk at Willow Lake Farm with WVWA Naturalist, Margaret Rohde, and learn about bird biology and how to use field marks and behavior to identify warblers, thrushes, tanagers, and sparrows passing through on fall migration. Both beginners and experienced birders welcome!

  • Evans-Mumbower Mill

    The Ghost of Henry Mumbower & Pumpkin Painting

    5:00 p.m. - 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 5-6pm.

     
  • Serve the Preserve at Crossways

    9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (or when work is finished)

    Help WVWA continue our restoration efforts at Crossways Preserve. Volunteers will remove invasive plants and plant native trees and shrubs. Please wear sturdy shoes for digging. Bring a shovel and gloves if you have them; otherwise we will provide.

  • History Walk at Camp Woods

    1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

    Take a walk at Camp Woods under the towering tulip and beech trees of our most historic preserve, where General Washington camped out with his troops following the battle at Germantown. Hear about the site's interesting history and folklore.

     

  • Bird Walk at Briar Hill Preserve

    8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

    Take a walk at Briar Hill Preserve and Prophecy Creek Park with WVWA Naturalist, Margaret Rohde, and learn about bird biology and how to use field marks and behavior to identify warblers, thrushes, tanagers, and sparrows passing through on fall migration. Both beginners and experienced birders welcome!

  • Green Ribbon Gala at Tunnel Farm

    We invite you to join us at Tunnel Farm for the seventh annual Green Ribbon Gala. Each autumn, guests gather at a unique venue to enjoy an evening celebrating a legacy of conservation and land preservation in the Wissahickon Valley Watershed

  • Walk the Wissahickon

    7:15 a.m. - day-of registration opens
    $35.00 fee - cash, check, credit cards accepted
    8:00 a.m. - walk start

    Take a guided walk on the 21-mile Green Ribbon Trail and support WVWA's mission of protecting land, water and life in the Watershed. Start in North Wales and follow the Trail along Wissahickon Creek for the either 5, 8,13 or all 21 miles. All of the walks are guided and you are bussed back to the starting point.

  • WVWA Night at Act II Playhouse

    Community Partner Night -- September 22 -- SOLD OUT

    8:00 p.m.

    WVWA will receive a portion of each ticket sold for the September 22, 2016 show of ELECTILE DYSFUNCTION. Just in time for the 2016 election! This hilarious and musical new show combines presidential impressions, man on the street interviews, and more in a bid for your laughs. 

     

  • Evans-Mumbower Mill Fall Festival

    1:00 p.m. - 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, corn husk dolls, Lenni-Lenape story teller, and more.

     
  • Full Harvest Moon Walk at Willow Lake Farm

    Program Full - Contact the office with questions 215-646-8866

    8:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

    Join us for a nighttime walk at Willow Lake Farm, under the Harvest Moon - the full moon closest to the autumn equinox. Stroll through the woods and see (and hear) the preserve in a whole new light.  We'll navigate by the light of the moon but patricipants are welcome to bring flashlights as well.

     

  • Trail Stewards Hikes - Four Mills Reserve

    10:00 a.m.

    Come see the ins and outs of our trails through the eyes of the Trail Stewards.  New starting this spring, our dedicated group of volunteers will lead three sessions to explore our trails.

    Deb Slater will lead this Figure 8 hike of Four Mills Nature Reserve.  Come explore the Green Ribbon Trail and its spur trails and see what sort of hidden treasures can be found here.

  • Dining for a Cause

    Blue Route Taco Truck
    Whole Foods Market - Plymouth Meeting

    Tuesday, August 16

    POSTPONED to Wednesday, August 24 - 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.

    Join WVWA for dinner at the Blue Route Taco Truck at Whole Foods Plymouth Meeting.  Dine on Tuesday, August 16 and 15% of all Taco Truck sales will be donated to WVWA.

  • Movie Screening - THE MESSENGER

    7:30 p.m.

    Join WVWA for a special, one-night screening of Su Rynard’s beautiful and contemplative documentary THE MESSENGER. The film takes viewers from the northern reaches of the Boreal Forest to the base of Mount Ararat and the urban streets of New York to tell the story of the mass depletion of songbirds on multiple continents, and of those who are working to turn the tide.

  • Volunteer Open House

    6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. - Rain or Shine

    All WVWA Volunteers are invited to an Open House. In the past year, 520 volunteers donated over 1600 hours of service to WVWA. Please join us to celebrate all that you do to support WVWA and learn about upcoming opportunities in a variety of program areas.

  • Evans-Mumbower Mill Open House

    Old Fashioned Ice Cream Social

    1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
    Take a break from the heat and join us for a cool treat and a tour of the water-powered gristmill.  

  • Nature Stroll at Crossways Preserve

    1:30 p.m.

    The 57 acres of Crossways Preserve offers meadows with native grasses and wildflowers, stands of towering hardwood trees, and wetlands with cattails. Join us for a guided walk through this beautiful landscape, and learn about ecological succession and meadow ecology while looking for birds and butterflies.

  • Bird Walk at Willow Lake Farm

    8:00 a.m.

    Willow Lake offers breeding habitat for over 40 bird species. By late June, many are nesting and already beginning to raise young. Come learn about these nesting birds and how fledglings are cared for, and see how many species you can see and hear!

  • Butterfly Walk

    10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

    Join Blaine Rothauser to discover the many varieties of butterflies that might be found in the meadows of Willow Lake Farm. A brief talk about meadow ecology will be followed  by a natural history tour and adventure. 

  • Moths - The Silent Majority

    7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

    Back by popular demand! Discover the mysterious creatures of the night that fly under the cover of darkness with Blaine Rothauser, a lifetime naturalist and biologist who is President of BR Environmental Services.  Join us at the WVWA headquarters for a talk and slide show about moths followed by moth “catching" at the Crossways Preserve.

     

  • Tex Mex 5k Race for Open Space

    Online registration is closed. Bibs available until sold-out at packet pick-up - view details.

    Come for the race and stay for the Party-Under-the-Starts.  Register to run the race or volunteer and enjoy dinner, music and a Tex Mex Margarita.  Registration opens April 1!

  • Evans-Mumbower Mill Open House

    Antique Fire Truck Show

    1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

    Bring Dad (and Mom too!) to see a variety of antique fire trucks for Father’s Day. Take a tour of the mill to see the only water-powered gristmill in Montgomery County. You can also take a ride around the neighborhood on a fire truck.

  • Pine Barrens Discovery Tour

    PROGRAM FULL

    11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

    Join us for a unique exploration of the Pine Barren’s diverse ecosystems. Guided by Pinelands Adventures Naturalist, John Volpa, we’ll hike and paddle along the edges of the Mullica River and discover its many secrets. 

  • The Bird Feeding Garden

    7:00 p.m.

    How to provide wild foods for wild birds 12 months a year!
    There are two ways to feed birds – buying birdseed and filling feeders every few days…or by planting the plants they will eat for years or even generations to come.  Learn what plants our native birds look to for food, shelter and nesting.

  • A Bird in the Hand: Banding at the WVWA MAPS Station

    8:30 a.m.
    MEMBERS ONLY

    Visit WVWA’s banding site and see bird banding in action! Learn about avian conservation and research techniques, and find out what information can be collected by catching wild birds.

  • Trail Stewards Hikes - Green Ribbon Trail & GA Wetlands

    6:30 p.m.

    Come see the ins and outs of our trails through the eyes of the Trail Stewards.  New starting this spring, our dedicated group of volunteers will led three sessions to explore our trails.

    Led by Michael Kleiman, this hike downstream will explore the Green Ribbon Trail around Germantown Academy, our newest stepping stone creek crossing, and Germantown Academy's newly restored wetlands.

     

  • Evans-Mumbower Mill Open House

    Welsh Heritage Celebration

    1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

    Our friends from the Welsh Valley Preservation Society for Towamencin Township will join WVWA to celebrate life in the 18th century from the eyes of those who were pioneers in our region.  Enjoy their displays and traditions from early Welsh and Germanic Pennsylvania.

  • Nature Stroll at Four Mills Reserve

    1:30 p.m.

    May is the perfect time for spotting spring’s ephemeral wildflowers, for catching sight of birds beginning to nest, and for exploring the banks of the Wissahickon Creek in search of reptiles and amphibians. Come stroll through Four Mill’s floodplain forest, and see what you can find!

  • Morning Bird Walk

    8:00 a.m.

    May 14th is Global Big Day! Come join us for a walk at Willow Lake Farm, which serves as important stopover habitat for the many beautiful species migrating north. As we walk, we'll compile a checklist of the birds we see and hear for submission to eBird, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology's database.

  • Native Plant Sale

    Members Only - Friday, May 13, 2:00 - 5:00 p.m.
    General Public - Saturday, May 14, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

    Over 100 species of perennials, vines, ferns, shrubs and trees will be offered for sale at WVWA’s Spring Native Plant Sale. Knowledgeable staff and volunteers will answer questions and help you to select the native plants which are best suited for your garden site.  Plants will be available on a first come, first serve basis.

  • Rain Garden Workshop

    7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

    Learn about the most beautiful way to conserve water - building your own rain garden! Simple to install and maintain, rain gardens are a thing of beauty. They provide food and habitat for insects and birds, and help protect water quality by reducing stormwater runoff from your property.

  • 22nd Annual Birdathon

    Birding - Friday, May 6 & Saturday, May 7

    Mid-Flight Party - Friday, May 6, 5:00 p.m

    Brag & Boast Party - Saturday, May 7, 4:00 p.m.

    WVWA invites all birders to join the 22nd annual Wissahickon Birdathon.  During this friendly, two-day competition, teams canvass the Wissahickon Watershed and strive to identify the greatest number of bird species.

  • 46th Annual Creek Clean Up

    All Volunteer Sections are Full

    Please join Friends of the Wissahickon for the Creek Clean Up in Chestnut Hill - click here for details - http://www.fow.org/event/creek-cleanup/
     
    Creek cleaning - anytime in A.M.

    Talkin' Trash Picnic - 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

    Be part of the 46th annual Creek Clean Up of the Wissahickon Creek and its many tributaries.  Help WVWA clean up the trail and the creek bed too. Volunteers are pre-assigned to sections of the Creek and trail. 

  • Trail Steward Hikes - Ambler Connection

    4:00 p.m.

    Come see the ins and outs of our trails through the eyes of the Trail Stewards.  New starting this spring, our dedicated group of volunteers will led three sessions to explore our trails.

    Join Harm Scherpbier and Dan Greeley on an exploration of the Green Ribbon Trail from Ambler Borough.

     

  • Rain Barrel Workshop

    7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

    Purchase a professional, locally made, rain barrel from Camels Hump Rain Barrels.  Learn how to hook up and care for your rain barrel, retaining runoff and reusing the water in your garden!

     
  • Evans-Mumbower Mill Open House

    Season Opener

    1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

    Start the 2016 season and feel the excitement of rumbling stones, hear the splash of water over the wheel, and witness the cornmeal as it spills down a chute and into a barrel below.

  • In Search of Salamanders, Frogs and More

    10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    Program Full

    Early spring is the best time to catch a glimpse of amphibians coming out of hibernation. Join Margaret Rohde, WVWA Naturalist, on a tour of ponds, streams and pools of the Four Mills Reserve in search salamanders, frogs and more.

  • PFEC Film Sustainability Series - Cowspiracy

    Cowspiracy

    6:00 p.m. - Expo in Ambler Theater lobby
    7:30 p.m. - Film followed by panel discussion

    WVWA is proud to be a sponsor of the annual Sustainable Film Series hosted by Pennypack Farm & Education Center.  Come early to visit with sponsors. Stay after the film for a panel discussion.

  • Birding Basics Classes

    This beginner level course of three classes concentrates on the basics of bird identification and techniques for binocular use.  Birding experts, Amy Johns and Jamie Stewart, will offer you individual attention and expert tips, as you learn to focus your binoculars on the many birds of the Wissahickon.

    Sunday, April 3 | Sunday, April 10 | Sunday, April 17

  • Serve the Preserve - Byrne Family Preserve

    Serve the Preserve is POSTPONED until Sunday, 4/10, due to weather.

    9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

    Help WVWA continue our restoration efforts this spring at our newest preserve – Byrne Family Preserve. Volunteers will remove invasive plants and plant native trees and shrubs. Please wear sturdy shoes for digging, and bring a shovel and gloves if you have them; otherwise we will provide.

  • From Soup to Owls

    6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
    Program FULL

    Come join us at WVWA Headquarters for a delicious soup dinner and conversation about all things owls! After dinner, we’ll head out to Four Mills Reserve for a moonlight walk in search of Eastern Screech, Great Horned, Northern Saw-whet, and Barred Owls.

  • Wintering Birds of Mannington Meadows

    8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    Online registration is closed. Call the office - 215-646-8866.

    Join WVWA naturalists on a tour of the 6,000-acre Mannington Meadows, a complex of wetlands and tidal waters in Salem County, NJ, which provides globally significant migratory bird habitat. 

  • PFEC Sustainability Film Series - Surviving Progress

    Surviving Progress

    6:00 p.m. - Expo in Ambler Theater lobby
    7:30 p.m. - Film followed by panel discussion

    WVWA is proud to be a sponsor of the annual Sustainable Film Series hosted by Pennypack Farm & Education Center.  Come early to visit with sponsors. Stay after the film for a panel discussion.

  • Attracting Bluebirds

    7:00 p.m. 

    Betsy Nutt, Penn State Master Gardener and member of the Bluebird Society of Pennsylvania’s speaker’s bureau will give a talk on the history, biology, necessary habitat, protecting and monitoring of the bluebird.

  • Maple Sugaring Festival

    Online registration is closed.
    We welcome walk-ups on the day of the event.
    Best tour times available are 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm.

    12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

    Learn how maple syrup and sugar are made - a delicious and fun way to make science come alive! WVWA offers a very special winter event that is ideal for families, scout groups and anyone curious about the maple sugar process.  Guides take small groups through the woods to see the tapped trees and then watch it being boiled into sugar. End your walk at WVWA’s historic headquarters for hot chocolate and warm treats with maple syrup. Tours last approximately 45 minutes.  Last tour leaves at 3:00 p.m.

  • Winter Members Mixer at the Woodmere Art Museum

    4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

    The Woodmere Art Museum is inviting WVWA Members and Volunteers to join them at the Winter Members Mixer.  Warm up, view their current exhibitions, and enjoy some refreshments while you mingle. Socialize with members of area organizations including Briar Bush Nature Center, Friends of the Wissahickon, Morris Arboretum, Wissahickon Valley Watershed Association, and Woodmere Art Museum. It will be a fun evening !

  • Fireside Frostbite 5 Miler

    Race starts at 9:00 a.m. SHARP

    The Ambler Area Running Club proudly presents the 17th annual Frostbite Five Miler, which starts and ends at the Wissahickon High School.  The field is limited to 1500 runners.  Amenities include chip timing, great post-race food from Fireside Bar & Grille, and long sleeve tech shirts for all pre-registered by January 15.  The race benefits WVWA.

  • PFEC Sustainability Film Series - Just Eat It

    Just Eat It

    6:00 p.m. - Expo in Ambler Theater lobby
    7:30 p.m. - Film followed by panel discussion

    WVWA is proud to be a sponsor of the annual Sustainable Film Series hosted by Pennypack Farm & Education Center.  Come early to visit with sponsors. Stay after the film for a panel discussion.

  • Bird Seed Sale

    Order high quality birdseed appropriate to the birds found in the Wissahickon Watershed.  All sales support WVWA stewardship efforts.

    Order by:   Friday, January 29

    Pickup:       Friday, February 5, 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
                       Saturday, February 6, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

  • Decline of Bats in the Northeast


    Program Sold Out
    Contact office to be added to waitlist
    215-646-8866 or info@wvwa.org

    7:00pm

    Join Todd Sinander, Senior Biologist at Bat Conservation and Management, Inc., as he discusses the alarming decrease in the bat population in the northeast, highlighting white-nose syndrome and how it decimates the native bat species.

  • Winter Walk at Willow Lake Farm

    CANCELED DUE TO WEATHER

    1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

    There’s nothing quite like the peaceful stillness of the winter woods, so put on your hiking boots and join us for a walk along the trails of Willow Lake Farm. We’ll go in search of wintering wildlife through the woods and fields of this 107-acre preserve, then head to WVWA headquarters to warm up over some hot chocolate!

  • Annual Members Meeting & Volunteer Recognition Party

    • Online registration is closed. Contact the office at 215-646-8866 or info@wvwa.org.

    6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
    Cocktails and hors d'oeuvres followed by program and awards

    Join WVWA as we honor the dedication, work and spirit of our volunteers at the 2nd Annual Volunteer Recognition Party held in conjunction with the Annual Member Meeting. 

  • Wolf Watch Tour at Lakota Wolf Preserve

    7:45 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. - SOLD OUT

    Have you ever wanted to see a wolf in person, or hear one howl? Then come take a tour of the Lakota Wolf Preserve, located in Columbia, NJ, with WVWA. You’ll learn all about wolf biology and behavior, as well as many other fascinating facts.

  • History of the Wissahickon

    6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

    Please join us for a presentation on the history of the Wissahickon Creek with David Bower of the Philadelphia Parks and Recreation Department. David will also be sharing his wonderful postcard collection, depicting images of the Wissahickon from the late 1800's through early 1900's. We will provide a light dinner and refreshments.

     
  • Morning Bird Walk at Briar Hill Preserve

    9:00 a.m.

  • Wissahickon Excursion: Birding at Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge

    8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

    Join WVWA naturalists on an exciting nature tour of the Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge in Southern New Jersey. We hope to see wintering ducks such as eiders, mergansers and loons to raptors such as Rough Legged Hawks, Bald Eagles and Peregrine Falcons. 

  • Evans-Mumbower Mill Open House & Trail Walk

    1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

    After touring the Mill, take a walk along the former millrace that fed the mill, to locate the remnants of the dam in the Upper Wissahickon. The walk will begin at 2:00 pm and last approximately an hour. Please wear sturdy shoes or boots!

  • Mammal Walk with Alicia Shenko

    10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

    Alicia Shenko, of Delaware Valley University has been working with WVWA this year performing a mammal inventory.  Join her at Crossways Preserve to find out which of the many furry, warm-blooded animals make the watershed their home, and how to spot them as you hike.  Hear about what WVWA is doing to improve habitat for our mammal friends living here in our watershed.

  • State of the Wissahickon

    6:00 p.m.
    Presented by Friends of the Wissahickon and the Wissahickon Valley Watershed Association at the Valley Green Inn

    What can we do individually and as a community to improve the quality of the Wissahickon and protect its health moving forward? Lindsay Blanton, Water Quality Outreach Coordinator for the Wissahickon Valley Watershed Association, will discuss the history and development of the Wissahickon Creek and how this has impacted the health of the water. This event is jointly sponsored by the Friends of the Wissahickon and WVWA. This event is free and open to the public.  Registration is recommended as seating is limited.  Free wine and cheese reception offered.

  • Morning Bird Walk at Crossways Preserve **CANCELLED**

    9:00 a.m.

    ***UPDATE as of 11/7/15: This event has been cancelled.***

  • Green Ribbon Trail Race

    9:00 a.m. start

    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, then turn onto Swedesford Road at WVWA’s Evans-Mumbower Mill. Run up Evergreen Drive, then circle through the Natural Lands Trust’s Gwynedd Wildlife Preserve. Reconnect with the Green Ribbon Trail and finish back at the Park’s pavilion for the award ceremony and brunch.

  • Open Space Showcase

    6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

    Thousands of acres of open space in our area are protected by conservation easements held by land trusts. Thousands more may be threatened. Hear how conservation organizations are protecting open space for our future, and how you can protect your valued open spaces.

    Chestnut Hill Historical Society 
    Friends of the Wissahickon 
    Natural Lands Trust 
    Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia 
    Whitemarsh Foundation
    Wissahickon Valley Watershed Association


    The event is free, but registration is requested. Call 215 247-0417 for more information. Registration is recommended as seating is limited. Complimentary wine and cheese reception offered. 

    PLUS: The event will include a screening of the trailer for the upcoming documentary based on David Contosta and Carol Franklin’s METROPOLITAN PARADISE.
  • Walk Montco Event

    10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
    Ambler Theater

    Montgomery County Planning Commission invites you to hear nationally recognized speakers, Scott Bricker, Executive Director of America Walks, and Chris Zimmerman, Vice President for Economic Development, Smart Growth America on the topic of walkability. Montgomery County Commissioner Vice Chair, Dr. Valerie Arkoosh, who was recently named as Interim Medical Director for the county, will speak on healthy communities and walking. This exciting event will also feature a presentation on Walk Montco, which will highlight the successes and challenges in making Montgomery County a more walkable place and will offer strategic ways to improve walkability in communities.

  • Morning Bird Walk at Camp Woods

    9:00 a.m.

  • Halloween Hike & Crafts

    1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

    Join WVWA for a Halloween-themed woodland walk and craft project at Four Mills Reserve! Take a short hike to gather colorful autumn leaves, then return to WVWA’s headquarters and use them to create some spectacular owl masks, while we enjoy some pumpkin treats and learn about owl biology. 

  • Serve the Preserve

    9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

    WVWA, with a grant from Pennsylvania Horticulture Society’s (PHS) TreeVitalize program, will continue restoring the riparian buffer on our Piszek Preserve. Volunteers will help plant native trees and shrubs along the Sandy Run.  Sturdy boots and work clothes are recommended.  WVWA will provide refreshments, tools and gloves, but please bring your own if you have them. 

  • Ghost of Henry Mumbower & Pumpkin Painting

    5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. - Pumpkin Painting
    6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. - Ghost tours

    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 5-6pm.

  • Pie, Cider & Owls!

    7:00 - 8:30 p.m. SOLD OUT

    October is one of the best times of the year to see and hear owls - and what could be a better way to take advantage of Autumn’s beautiful, quiet nights than to go in search of those nocturnal wonders? Join us for an evening of pie and cider at WVWA headquarters, followed by an owl-prowl through the twilight woods!

  • Migrating Raptors at Militia Hill Hawk Watch

    1:30 p.m.

  • In Search of Fall Sparrows

    9:00 - 11:00 a.m.

    Join WVWA Naturalists as we pursue the migrating fall sparrows through our preserves. Lincoln's Sparrow, White Crowned Sparrow and Fox Sparrow will be among the many species that may be seen in mid-October.

  • Fall Colors Hike & DIY Suncatchers

    1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

    Fall is in the air, so come take advantage of all it has to offer by joining WVWA for a short hike through the woods, followed by a fun craft project! Collect fall’s prettiest leaves during an interpretive stroll along the trail, then return to WVWA headquarters and use them to create something special to take home – fall leaf suncatchers.

  • A Healthy Wissahickon: We All Have a Part to Play

    7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

    Come to the William Jeanes Memorial Library in Whitemarsh Township for a film showing the history of the Wissahickon Creek, the development of the Wissahickon Valley, and how it has affected our waterways! See how citizens and municipalities from all over the watershed are getting involved to solve these global problems, and join us afterwards for Q&A. Film created by GreenTreks.

  • Fall Bird Seed Sale

    Order high quality birdseed appropriate to the birds found in the Wissahickon Watershed.  All sales support WVWA stewardship efforts.

    Order by:   Tuesday, October 13, 1:00 p.m.

    Pickup:       Friday, October16, 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
                       Saturday, October 17, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

  • Migrating Raptors at Militia Hill Hawk Watch

    1:30 p.m.

  • Morning Bird Walk at Armentrout Preserve

    9:00 a.m.

  • Green Ribbon Gala at Camp Woods

    5:00 - 7:00 p.m.

    We invite you to join us at historic Camp Woods for the sixth annual Green Ribbon Gala. Each autumn, guests gather at a unique venue to enjoy an evening celebrating a legacy of conservation and land preservation in the Wissahickon Valley Watershed

  • Walk on the Wild Side!

    All walks start at 8:00 a.m.

    The Walk on the Wild Side offers a chance to experience the beautiful Green Ribbon Trail that follows the Wissahickon Creek from North Wales and eventually connecting with Fairmount Park’s Forbidden Drive. Participants can choose the length and pace of their walk (5, 8 or 14 miles). This year, due to restricted road access in Philadelphia for the Papal Visit, the challenge hike will go to 14 miles - it will end at the beautiful Bloomfield Meadow of Morris Arboretum just at the Philadelphia border. All of the walks are guided and participants are bussed back to the starting point.

  • Fall Mill Festival

    1:00 p.m. - 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 demontrations including tin smithing, corn husk dolls, Lenni-Lenape story teller, antique cars and more.

     
  • A Healthy Wissahickon: We All Have a Part to Play

    PROGRAM CANCELLED

    7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

    Come to the Penllyn Woods Community building for a film showing the history of the Wissahickon Creek, the development of the Wissahickon Valley, and how it has affected our waterways! See how citizens and municipalities from all over the watershed are getting involved to solve these global problems, and join us afterwards for Q&A. Film created by GreenTreks.

  • Migrating Raptors at Militia Hill Hawk Watch

    1:30 p.m.

  • Morning Bird Walk at Willow Lake Farm

    8:00 a.m.

  • Wissahickon Excursion: Birding the Delaware Bayshore

    Program Canceled

    8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

    Join WVWA on a birding trip to the Delaware Bayshore, at a time when migration along the Atlantic Flyway is not to be missed! A place of astonishing biodiversity, the Delaware Bayshore provides opportunities to experience several habitats in a single day, from vast tidal wetlands and beaches to successional fields and upland forest.

  • Deer Exclosure Tour

    9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

    Join WVWA on a guided tour of deer exclosure sites.  The tour will focus on WVWA’s newest projects to understand one of the biggest threats to our biodiversity - deer herbivory. See two different examples, Crossways Preserve and Camp Woods, and learn how the projects were developed and how they are contributing to our mission of protecting and enhancing the Wissahickon Watershed. 

  • Family Walk at Crossways Preserve

    1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

    Join Margaret Rohde, WVWA Naturalist, for a walk at Crossways Preserve, when meadow and wetland flowers are in peak bloom! We’ll talk about ecological succession and meadow and wetland ecology, and keep an eye out for birds and butterflies as we stroll through one of WVWA’s most beautiful and diverse preserves.

  • Family Creek Exploration

    10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

    Explore the Wissahickon Creek at the Four Mills Reserve.  Investigate how fast it flows and hunt for eddies, riffles and other stream features. Explore using nets, buckets and tools to find out what critters are living in our back yard.

  • Bird Banding Demonstration

    9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

    Bird Banding Demonstation is SOLD OUT.
    Contact WVWA to be added to the waitlist - 215-646-8866 or info@wvwa.org.

    Come join WVWA Naturalist, Margaret Rohde, and see bird banding in action! Learn about avian conservation and research techniques, and find out what information can be collected by catching wild birds. You may even have the chance to release a bird from your hand! 

  • Nature Collection Walk

    1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

    Come join WVWA Naturalist, Margaret Rohde, for a nature collection walk at Four Mills Reserve. Bring a clear plastic bag to collect all the interesting things you find along the trail, from acorns and feathers, to flowers, rocks and bark! We'll bring our findings back to WVWA headquarters to admire our collections together and ID what we can while enjoying some lemonade and treats.

  • Berm is the Word - Stormwater and Stream Restoration Tour

    6:00 p.m.

    Join the WVWA on a walk and talk to a beautiful section of the Wissahickon Creek that was restored in 2012. We will talk about the state of the site prior to restoration and then visit the improvements made, including a berm for holding stormwater runoff from a nearby residential area. July is the perfect time to visit this site and see the native plants along the creek in full bloom.

     

  • Evans-Mumbower Mill Open House & Ice Cream Social

    1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

    Take a break from the heat and join us for a cool treat and a tour of the water-powered gristmill.  

  • Guided Hike at Four Mills Reserve

    1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

    The Four Mills Reserve lies within the Wissahickon Creek’s beautiful floodplain, and consists of wooded and riparian areas, rich with red maple and sycamore, and home to many species. We’ll see what we can discover along the way, from waterfowl to amphibians, and learn about the different wildlife interactions taking place around us.

  • Rain Barrel Workshop

    ​7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

    Purchase a professional, locally made, rain barrel from Camels Hump Rain Barrels.  Learn how to hook up and care for your rain barrel, retaining runoff and reusing the water in your garden!

     

  •  
    The Ambler Area Running Club (AARC) has selected WVWA to be the beneficiary of the Phils Tavern Quarter Marathon on July 11, and we encourage all TexMex 5K runners to participate in this annual race, now in its 16th year!  Please come out to support WVWA!
     
    The race starts and ends at the Temple University Ambler campus at 7:30 AM.  Prize money will be awarded to top finishers, and fresh baked pies from Whole Foods will be presented to age group winners.  Plus, everyone gets a great post-race breakfast provided by Phils Tavern!
  • The Great Adirondack Century Run

    July 9-12, 2015

    Time: Departing Four Mills Barn on Thursday, July 9, 2015 at 8:00 AM and returning Sunday, July 12, 2015 by 9:00 PM. Tour led by WVWA staff in rented van.

    Join WVWA’s Dennis Miranda and Jamie Stewart on a high octane, full throttle adventure of the Adirondacks. Explore the vast St. Regis River plains, discover the boreal forest of Bloomingdale Bog and reach the summit of Whiteface Mountain! Enjoy the quaint village of Lake Placid with their interesting stores and excellent restaurants.

  • Butterfly Walk

    Spaces still available - payment can be made at program

    10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

    Join Blaine Rothauser to discover the many varieties of butterflies that might be found in the meadows of Willow Lake Farm.  A brief talk about meadow ecology will be followed by a natural history tour and adventure.  Bring a camera, binoculars and a note pad as we guarantee to introduce you to the other-worldly pleasures of the meadow.

  • Family Hike at Penllyn Woods

    1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

    Join us for a hike through wooded and wetland areas as we look for interesting plants and insects… and snapping turtles!

  • Moths - The Silent Majority

    Spaces still available - payment can be made at program

    7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

    Back by popular demand! Discover the mysterious creatures of the night that fly under the cover of darkness with Blaine Rothauser, a lifetime naturalist and biologist who is President of BR Environmental Services.  Learn about the variety of moths and butterflies found in the Wissahickon Watershed. 

  • 26th Annual Tex Mex 5k Race for Open Space

    GREEN RACE, for a GREEN CAUSE, at a GREEN RESTAURANT

  • Evans-Mumbower Mill Open House & Antique Car Show

    1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

    *UPDATED* Due to the forecast for rain on Sunday, June 21, the antique car show is cancelled but the Mill will still be open for tours. 

    Bring Dad (and Mom too!) to see a variety of antique cars for Father’s Day the Evans-Mumbower Mill, take a tour of the mill to see the water-powered gristmill in action.

  • Family Hike & Photo Walk at Willow Lake Farm

    1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

    Bring your camera along for a hike at Willow Lake Farm, where 24 species of butterflies have been identified. Take photos of all the beautiful plants, insects, wildlife and natural wonders this preserve has to offer!  

  • Designed by Nature Garden Tour

    10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

    ONLINE REGISTRATION IS CLOSED

    DAY OF REGISTRATION is available.  All registration on Saturday MUST check-in at Smith-Oscilowski Garden, 416 Gwynedd Valley Drive, Lower Gwynedd, 19002 to make payment of $10.00 per person, cash or check only.

    The Designed by Nature Garden Tour will feature six Ambler area gardens that showcase native plants and naturalistic design to attract birds, butterflies and other pollinators.

  • Family Hike along Green Ribbon Trail

    1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

    Keeping a Naturalist’s Journal
    Bring a notebook and pencil and learn how to document what you see! We’ll sketch the plants, insects, wildlife, and anything we find interesting along the trail, and take note of what natural events are taking place this time of year. 

  • A Healthy Wissahickon: We All Have a Part to Play

    7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

    Come to the Four Mills Barn for a film showing the history of the Wissahickon Creek, the development of the Wissahickon Valley, and how it has affected our waterways! See how citizens and municipalities from all over the watershed are getting involved to solve these global problems, and join us afterwards for Q&A. Film created by GreenTreks.

  • National Trails Day Hike with Get Out and Go Montco

    10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

    Celebrate National Trails Day with WVWA and Montgomery County Planning Commission at Crossways Preserve, WVWA's most ecologically diverse tract of preserved land. Crossways offers a mixture of extreme natural features and an array of habitats, from restored meadows of native grasses and wildflowers, to historic woodlands and early-successional habitat, frequented by gorgeous butterflies and singing birds. 

  • Family Hike at Crossways Preserve

    1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

    The 57 acres of the Crossways Preserve is a landscape of extreme natural features. Meadows with native grasses and wildflowers, stands of towering hardwood trees, wetlands with cattails, and small rivulets that emerge from the ground with cold, clear water. All of this diversity accounts for why the Crossways Preserve has the highest number of native plant species of all of the WVWA Preserves, and why it is such an important natural area to preserve. Come learn about the species that live in such a diversity of habitats, and see why Crossways is such a special place!

  • Tree ID Walk with Ken LeRoy

    10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

    Back by popular demand!  Join Arborist Ken LeRoy on a tree-themed exploration of Briar Hill and Prophecy Creek now that the trees have leafed out.  Here we’ll visit a state champion Sycamore, wander through old fields now successioned into woods and explore the banks of gentle Prophecy Creek.

  • Birds of the Wissahickon: Breeding Bird Survey

    7:00 a.m.

    As part of our Bird Conservation Initiative, WVWA invites the public to take part in a breeding bird survey on May 30th.  Participants will spend the morning learning about the behavioral characteristics of breeding birds, survey methods, and the importance of avian conservation, all while experiencing the beauty and diversity of the birds of the Wissahickon!

  • Family Hike at Camp Woods

    1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

    Come learn about woodland and early successional habitat dynamics as we take a walk through Camp Woods Preserve’s old growth trees and successional fields. We’ll stop by WVWA’s deer exclosure to learn about the dramatic affects deer can have on forest regeneration. 

  • Evans-Mumbower Mill Open House & Sheep Shearing

    1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

    Come watch Hoyt Emmons, member of the American Sheep Industry Association and a certified sheep shearer, as he demonstrates his unique skill. The demonstration will begin at 1:30 pm. On display also will be some small farm animals. This will be a fun and educational event for all ages so be sure to bring your children and grandchildren. 

  • Family Hike at Armentrout

    1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

    Come and take a walk through a diversity of habitats, from early successional fields to wetland and scrub-shrub areas. This preserve has many salamanders and a beautiful array of butterflies and dragonflies.

  • Wissahickon: Creek in Crisis - Time for Action

    5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

    Hosted by Friends of the Wissahickon and the Wissahickon Valley Watershed Association, this "town hall" meeting will take place at the Arts Center Theater at Germantown Academy in Fort Washington and is open to the public. The evening will start with light refreshments at 5:30 p.m. followed by the meeting.  A panel of regional experts will address the many issues relating to the Wissahickon watershed and will offer tangible ways for community members to engage in protecting the 64-square mile area. Local organizations and businesses will also be exhibiting before the meeting.

  • PFEC Film Series - TRASHED

    6:30 p.m. - Expo in Theater lobby
    7:30 p.m. - Film

    WVWA is proud to be a sponsor of the annual Sustainable Film Series hosted by Pennypack Farm & Education Center.  Come early to visit with sponsors. Stay after the film for a panel discussion.

  • WVWA 21st Annual Birdathon

    WVWA invites all birders to join the 21st annual Wissahickon Birdathon.  During this friendly, two-day competition, teams canvass the Wissahickon Watershed and strive to identify the greatest number of bird species.  Birders of all ages and skill levels are encouraged to join the fun, bird as much or as little as they choose to and enjoy the camaraderie of their fellow birders.  

  • 21st Annual Birdathon

    WVWA invites all birders to join the 21st annual Wissahickon Birdathon.  During this friendly, two-day competition, teams canvass the Wissahickon Watershed and strive to identify the greatest number of bird species.  Birders of all ages and skill levels are encouraged to join the fun, bird as much or as little as they choose to and enjoy the camaraderie of their fellow birders.  

  • Visions: Earth's Elements in Bird & Nature with Kevin Karlson

    Program CANCELED

    7:00 p.m.
    Ambler Theater

    WVWA is proud to host Kevin Karlson, accomplished birder, professional tour leader and wildlife photographer to present his wildly popular presentation:  Visions: Earth’s Elements in Bird and Nature.

     

  • Family Hike at Four Mills Reserve

    1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

    Wildlife Observation at Four Mills Reserve
    Four Mills Reserve lies within the Wissahickon Creek’s beautiful floodplain, and consists of wooded and riparian areas, rich with red maple and sycamore, with Wild leek, and jack-in-the-pulpit intermingling on the forest floor. Many species are beginning to nest this time of year, and we’ll bring along Wildlife Observation Checklists to document what birds, plants, mammals, reptiles, and amphibians we discover along the way.

  • Native Plant Sale

    Members Only - Friday, May 1, 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    General Public - Saturday, May 2, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

    Over 100 species of perennials, vines, ferns, shrubs and trees will be offered for sale at WVWA’s Spring Native Plant Sale. Knowledgeable staff and volunteers will answer questions and help you to select the native plants which are best suited for your garden site.  Plants will be available on a first come, first serve basis. 

  • Beginners Garden Design Using Native Plants

    6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. - SOLD OUT
    Attendees can shop at the Native Plant Sale starting at 5:30 p.m.

    Starting a new garden? Redesigning an existing garden?  Consider using a naturalistic approach.  The naturalistic garden celebrates the interaction of plants with insects and wildlife. It creates a lively and environmentally friendly landscape.

  • Birding Basics Classes

    CLASSES ARE FULL

    This beginner level course of three classes concentrates on the basics of bird identification and techniques for binocular use.  Birding experts, Amy Johns and Jamie Stewart, will offer you individual attention and expert tips, as you learn to focus your binoculars on the many birds of the Wissahickon.

    Sunday, March 29 | Sunday, April 12 | Sunday, April 26

  • Creek Clean Up

    Be part of the 45th annual Creek Clean Up of the Wissahickon Creek and its many tributaries.  Help WVWA clean up the trail and the creek bed too. Volunteers are pre-assigned to sections of the Creek and trail. WVWA will supply you with a map of your section, the appropriate number of bags and the location of where you should deposit the trash for pick-up by the local municipalities.  Canoes are also needed to help clean the deeper parts of the creek.

  • Evans-Mumbower Mill Open House

    1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    Raise the Roof Celebration!

    Start the 2015 season at the Evans-Mumbower Mill with a celebration for the new roof!  Feel the excitement of rumbling stones, hear the splash of water over the wheel, and witness the cornmeal as it spills down a chute and into a barrel below.

  • In Search of Salamanders, Frogs and More!

    10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. - Limted spaces available

    Early spring is the best time to catch a glimpse of amphibians coming out of hibernation. Join Scott Angus, biologist with the RBA Group, on a tour of ponds, streams and pools of the Four Mills Preserve in search salamanders, frogs and more. Mr. Angus will give you a life history of amphibians and how they are threatened by everything from development to global warming.

  • PFEC Film Series - FED UP

    FED UP

    6:30 p.m. - Expo in Theater lobby
    7:30 p.m. - Film

    WVWA is proud to be a sponsor of the annual Sustainable Film Series hosted by Pennypack Farm & Education Center.  Come early to visit with sponsors. Stay after the film for a panel discussion.

  • Serve the Preserve

    9:00 a.m.

    Help WVWA begin our restoration efforts this spring at our newest preserve, the Piszek Preserve.  The Piszek Preserve is a 33 acre floodplain forest on the banks of the Sandy Run in Oreland. Volunteers will plant native trees and shrubs along creek.  Please wear sturdy shoes for digging, and bring a shovel and gloves if you have them; otherwise we will provide.

  • Tree ID Walk with Ken LeRoy

    Spaces Opened Up - Register Online

    10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 

    Join Arborist Ken LeRoy on a tree-themed exploration of Armentrout Preserve and Camp Woods.  Located in Whitpain Township, the Armentrout Preserve loop trail connects with the Camp Woods trail.  We’ll visit the quiet woods of Beech, Tulip-poplar, and Hickory that are bordered by open fields 

     

  • Rain Garden Workshop

    7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. - SOLD OUT

    Come learn about the most beautiful way to conserve water - building your own rain garden! Simple to install and maintain, rain gardens are indeed a thing of beauty. Rain gardens also help to protect water quality by reducing stormwater runoff from your property.  Learn where to site, how to build and what to plant in your rain garden.

  • Rain Barrel Workshop

    7:00 p.m. - SOLD OUT

    Back by popular demand, you’ll make your own take-away rain barrels. Rain barrels reduce runoff, collect storm water for later use, and save time and money. Learn how to install and use your own rain barrel in this informative workshop. Each participant will assemble a rain barrel to take home. So bring a vehicle large enough to transport your new rain barrel!

  • PFEC Film Series - A Place at the Table

    A Place at the Table

    6:30 p.m. - Expo in Theater lobby
    7:30 p.m. - Film

    WVWA is proud to be a sponsor of the annual Sustainable Film Series hosted by Pennypack Farm & Education Center.  Come early to visit with sponsors and taste samples from Ambler Farmer's Market and Round Guys Brewing.  Stay after the film for a panel discussion.

     

  • From Soup to Owls

    6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

    Gather at WVWA Headquarters for a light supper of soup and banter of owls and birds. Warmed over, we’ll then go to the Willow Lake Preserve in search of owls under the light of the full moon. With early spring, Screech Owl, Great Horned Owl and even the Barred Owl can be heard or less seldom seen in local nature sanctuaries. Led by WVWA Executive Director Dennis Miranda, learn the voice calls and responses of neighborhood owls and their life history. Join us, it will be a hoot!

  • Maple Sugar Festival

    12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

    Due to road conditions, the Maple Sugar Festival will close after the 2pm tours. Roads around Ambler are getting slick. Be safe out there.

    Learn how maple syrup and sugar are made - a delicious and fun way to make science come alive! WVWA offers a very special winter event that is ideal for families, scout groups and anyone curious about the maple sugar process.  Guides take small groups through the woods to see the tapped trees and then watch it being boiled into sugar. End your walk at WVWA’s historic headquarters for hot chocolate and warm treats with maple syrup. Tours last approximately 45 minutes.  Last tour leaves at 3:00 p.m.

  • Winter Hike on the Green Ribbon Trail

    WALK CANCELED due to icy trail conditions

    9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

    Join a WVWA Trail Steward as they lead you on a vigorous hike of the Upper Green Ribbon Trail starting a Parkside Place in Upper Gwynedd Township to the Evans Mumbower Mill on Swedesford Road.  The hike will take you through uneven terrain but easy for the novice hiker or outdoors person. Approximately 5 miles.  Fun for the whole family.

  • Frostbite Five Miler

    9:00 a.m. start 
     

    The Ambler Area Running Club proudly presents the 16th annual Frostbite Five Miler, which starts and ends at the Wissahickon High School.  The field is limited to 1500 runners. Amenities include chip timing, great post-race food from Fireside Bar & Grille, long sleeve t-shirts if registered by January 19.  The race benefits WVWA.  Show your support by running or volunteering.

  • WVWA Night at the Woodmere Art Museum

    4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

    The Woodmere Art Museum invites all WVWA members and volunteers to come mingle on the night of Thursday, February 19, 2015. Members of WVWA along with other local organizations - Briar Bush Nature Center, Schuylkill Center and Weavers Way Co-Op - can come in and warm up, view the current exhibitions, and enjoy some refreshments.

    The Woodmere Art Museum is offering 10% off to shoppers in the Museum Store from 4:30-5:00pm, a guided tour of the current exhibitions at 5:15pm, and a casual wine and cheese reception from 5:00-6:30pm.

  • Winter Bird Seed Sale

    Seed MUST be pre-ordered
    Order Deadline: Tuesday, February 17
    Order Pickup: Friday, February 20- 2:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.
    or Saturday, February 21 - 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

    Order quality birdseed that is appropriate for the birds in the Wissahickon Watershed. Your order helps WVWA protect wildlife and habitat.

  • Bird Watching at Crossways Preserve

    9:00 a.m.– 11:00 a.m.

    The healthiest wildlife habitat of the WVWA Preserves is also home to wintering birds from Canada and northern USA. Join WVWA Executive Director, Dennis Miranda, as you explore the woods, wetlands and fields of the Crossways Preserve.

  • Lecture - What's the Buzz

    7:00 p.m.

    Scott Bartow, local beekeeper, will lead this lecture on “What the Buzz” about honeybees.  Bees play a crucial role in our ecosystem.  Did you know honeybees are responsible for cross-pollinating at least 80 percent of plants? Learn about gardening techniques to support the bee population.

  • Four Mills Reserve Hike

    1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

    The middle of winter is an ideal time for a hike!  Join WVWA as you hike the woods of the Four Mills Reserve in search of wildlife and other signs of nature. Enjoy the gurgling Wissahickon Creek and end up at the barn for hot chocolate!

  • Volunteer Recognition Party & Annual Member Meeting

    6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
    Cocktails and hors d'oeuvres followed by awards and program

    WVWA will host its first annual Volunteer Recognition Party on Thursday, January 22, to honor the dedication, work and spirit of our volunteers.  The Volunteer Recognition Party will be held in conjunction with WVWA’s Annual Member Meeting.

  • Wissahickon Excursion: Winter Birding at Mannington Marsh

    8:30am – 3:30pm

    Join WVWA Executive Director, Dennis Miranda, on a whirlwind nature tour of the vast Mannington Marsh in southern New Jersey. Winter waterfowl, songbirds and Bald Eagles await your discovery. This van tour will visit various access points along the marshes and fields of the Mannington Marsh. Boxed lunch is included.

  • Short Film Premiere - A Healthy Wissahickon: We All Have A Part to Play

    Online registration closed but please join us at the theater tonight.

    8:00 p.m. - Movie

    Join us for the Premiere of a new short film about our treasured Wissahickon Creek and hear from the filmmakers and a diverse group of experts about its history, the challenges it faces, and how YOU can be an active participant in making it a safer, healthier Creek for the generations to come. Come early and meet your neighbors, see the film, and join a panel discussion about the many efforts underway to restore the Wissahickon to improve water quality, the aquatic ecosystem, and recreational use.

  • Evans-Mumbower Mill Open House

    1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

    Open House & Trail Walk
    Tour the Mill, then take a guided walk along the former race that fed the mill, to locate the remnants of the dam in the Upper Wissahickon. The walk will begin at 2:00 pm and last approximately an hour. Please wear sturdy shoes or boots!

    • Free; donations welcome
  • Family Friendly Hike with Susan Charkes

    10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

    Celebrate fall at Four Mills: enjoy the beauty of the autumn woods while sharpening your nature-sighting skills and encouraging creativity and curiosity.  Susan Charkes, naturalist and author  (Best Day Hikes Near Philadelphia; Outdoors With Kids - Philadelphia) will lead a family scavenger hunt on the trails along the Wissahickon.  A tree planting will follow. This short walk is perfect for families; all ages are welcome.

  • Green Ribbon Trail Race

    Race starts at 9:00 a.m.
    Day of registration opens at 8:00 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 and finish back at the Park’s pavilion for the award ceremony and brunch.

  • Serve the Preserve

    9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

    Serve the Preserve will be a continuation of the ongoing restoration project at Four Mills Reserve to enhance biodiversity.  With the help of volunteers, WVWA will continue to remove unwanted invasive species and replant with plant communities that were historically part of the Wissahickon Creek floodplain.  Wear work clothes, sturdy shoes for digging and bring a shovel if you have one. WVWA will provide tools, gloves and refreshments.  No experience necessary, we will teach proper planting techniques and the benefits of native plants.

  • Evans-Mumbower Mill

    6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

    The Ghost of Henry Mumbower
    Don’t miss this slightly spooky but fun evening when old Henry Mumbower revisits his Mill to see how it is operating today.

    • Adults: $5; Children 3-12: $3
  • Lecture - The World Needs Insects!

    7:00 p.m.

    Join the Ambler Arboretum of Temple University, in partnership with the Keystone Branch of the Woman’s National Farm & Garden Association and the Wissahickon Valley Watershed Association, for a special lecture by Dr. Daniel Duran. Dr. Duran of the Department of Department of Biodiversity, Earth, and Environmental Sciences (BEES) at Drexel University, will present “The World Needs Insects!” focusing on how insects contribute to pollination services, natural pest control, nutrient recycling and countless other activities essential to our continued existence.

  • Evans-Mumbower Mill Open House

    1:00 - 4:00

    Pumpkin Decorating
    Let the costumed guides take you through the Mill, then enjoy the season by painting a pumpkin.

    • Tour free of charge; fee for the pumpkins
  • Wissahickon Excursion to Raymondskill Falls

    8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

    It was so much fun in the beginning of spring, we’re going back to see how the falls shine amidst the fall foliage of NE Pennsylvania!  Join Dennis Miranda on a day trip to Raymondskill Falls, the highest waterfall in Pennsylvania. From a height of 175 feet and coursing through three cascades, Raymondskill Falls is thunderous wonder to behold!  Visit the Poconos for a one-day getaway!

  • Bird Seed Sale

    Seed MUST be pre-ordered
    Order Deadline: Orders closed
    Order Pickup: Friday, October 17- 2:00–5:00 p.m.
    or Saturday, October 18 - 9:00 a.m. - 12noon

    Order quality birdseed that is appropriate for the birds in the Wissahickon Watershed. Your order helps WVWA protect wildlife and habitat.

  • Nighttime Walk at Willow Lake Farm

    7:00 p.m. CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER

    Nature comes alive at night if you are all ears! Join WVWA Executive Director, Dennis Miranda, for a nighttime nature walk at Willow Lake Farm to explore the sounds of owls, frogs, foxes and other nocturnal critters.

  • Green Ribbon Gala at Erdenheim Farm

    This event is sold out.
    Call the office with any questions - 215-646-8866.

    4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

    The fifth annual Green Ribbon Gala will be held at historic Erdenheim Farm. This treasured 450-acre estate has been dedicated to preserving traditional and sustainable methods of farming and animal husbandry since the days of William Penn.  Beginning at 4:00 PM, guests will enjoy cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and live music amid the idyllic vistas of Peter and Bonnie McCausland’s Erdenheim Farm. 

  • Walk on the Wild Side

    Walks start at 8:00 a.m.

    Participants begin their adventure in the Upper Gwynedd Township Park and can take a guided walk of the Upper Wissahickon (5 or 8-miles) or try the Challenge Hike (13 or all 21-miles) of the beautiful Green Ribbon Trail.  All of the walks are guided and participants are bussed back to the starting point.

    See Event Details for pricing and registration.

  • Wissahickon Excursion to Pine Barrens, NJ

    CANCELLED

    8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

    Join Dr. Emile DeVito, Manager of Science and Stewardship at the New Jersey Conservation Foundation on their largest property that encompasses 15 square miles in the heart of the New Jersey Pine Barrens.  The property is a rare ecological treasure for the East Coast of the United States, containing some of the most beautiful wetlands in the Pine Barrens and providing critical habitat to more than 50 rare, threatened or endangered species.

  • Evans-Mumbower Mill Festival

    1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

    Old Fashioned Mill Festival
    Begin the afternoon with a Mill tour and learn from period dressed guides how corn gets ground into cornmeal. Once outside, Visit the Lenape brave, Cheesgookoos, to learn about Lenape food ways and cordage, be mesmerized by a demonstration bee hive, see a blacksmith at work and learn the art of lucet braiding, old fashioned braiding. Enjoy the lively sounds of the Now and Then Duet.

    • Adults: $5; Children 3-12: $3
  • Rain Barrel Workshop

    7:00 p.m.

    Back by popular demand, you’ll make your own take-away rain barrels. Rain barrels reduce runoff, collect storm water for later use, and save time and money. Learn how to install and use your own rain barrel in this informative workshop. Each participant will assemble a rain barrel to take home. So bring a vehicle large enough to transport your new rain barrel!

    Read more about the benefits of Rain Barrels »

    • WVWA Headquarters – 12 Morris Road, Ambler PA 19002
    • $30.00 for materials. Workshop limited to the first 18 participants!
    • Register online
  • Family Creek Exploration

    10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

    Explore the Wissahickon Creek at the Four Mills Reserve.  Investigate how fast it flows and hunt for eddies, riffles and other stream features. We’ll also explore using nets, buckets and tools to find out what critters are living in our back yard. Ages 6 and up. Wear waders or old sneakers as you’ll be in the creek.

    • WVWA Headquarters, Four Mills Reserve – 12 Morris Road, Ambler PA 19002
    • Free; preregistration required
    • Register online
  • Evans-Mumbower Mill Open House

    1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

    Old Fashioned Ice Cream Social
    Take a break from the summer heat and enjoy a delicious ice cream sundae

    • Adults: $5; Children 3-12: $3
  • Piszek Preserve Celebration

    5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

    Celebrate the Wissahickon Valley Watershed Association's new Piszek Preserve in Oreland.  Come meet members of the WVWA, the Piszek Family, your neighbors and conservation partners.  RSVP requested.

  • Butterfly Walk

    10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

    Join Blaine Rothauser to discover the many varieties of butterflies that might be found in the meadows of Willow Lake Farm. A brief talk about meadow ecology will be followed  by a natural history tour and adventure. Bring camera, binoculars and a note pad as we guarantee to introduce you to the other-worldly pleasures of the meadow. 

     

    • Willow Lake Farm
    • WVWA Members: $5; Non-Members $10
    • Limited to 20 guests
    • Register online
  • Moths - The Silent Majority

    PROGRAM FULL

    7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

    Discover the mysterious creatures of the night that fly under the cover of darkness with Blaine Rothauser, a lifetime naturalist and biologist who is President of BR Environmental Services. A talk and slide show is followed by moth “catching”, utilizing a special screen in WVWA’s courtyard. 

    • ​Four Mills Nature Reserve
    • WVWA Members: $5; Non-Members $10
    • Limited to 20 guests

     

  • Tex Mex 5k Race for Open Space

    GREEN RACE, for a GREEN CAUSE, at a GREEN RESTAURANT

    Wednesday, June 25, 2014 is the 25th Anniversary of the Tex Mex 5k Race for Open Space.  Register today for this ever popular weeknight race.  

     

  • Want to be a Creek Watcher?

    6:30pm - NEW LOCATION
    Wissahickon Valley Public Library
    650 Skippack Pike, Blue Bell, PA 19422

    WVWA is looking for a dedicated group of volunteers to help monitor the health of the Wissahickon Creek and its tributaries! Volunteers will be asked to spend about two hours a month visiting an assigned section of the Creek where they will monitor a site, walk a section of the Creek, and report the findings back to the WVWA. Having new, trained eyes on the Creek will help the WVWA understand the Wissahickon better than ever.

    For more information and to sign up, RSVP to Steph Figary - stephanie@wvwa.org.

  • Evans-Mumbower Mill Open House

    1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

    Antique Car Day for Father’s Day
    Bring Dad to see a variety of antique cars for Father’s Day at the Mill, take a tour of the Mill to see how all of the simple machines in action.

     

    • Free; donations welcome
  • National Trails Day Walk from Four Mills

    9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

    John Ferro, WVWA Land Manager, will lead this walk from Four Mills Nature Reserve.  Walk downstream through Four Mills, Germantown Academy’s wetland complex, and over the new trail section and stream crossing to Skippack Pike.  Four miles of mostly easy terrain.

  • 5% Community Giving Day at Whole Foods Market, Plymouth Meeting

    Wissahickon Valley Watershed Association is proud to be chosen as the recipient for a 5% Community Giving Day at Whole Foods Market in Plymouth Meeting.  WVWA will receive 5% of the net proceeds from all shopping on Wednesday, May 21.  Bring your grocery list & tell your friends and family.

    Whole Foods in Plymouth Meeting is located at 500 W. Germantown Pike, Plymouth Meeting.  The store is open from 8am - 10pm.

  • Evans-Mumbower Mill Open House

    1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

    Sheep Shearing Demonstration

    Visit the Evans-Mumbower Mill for a sheep shearing event as part of its monthly open house. Come watch Hoyt Emmons, member of the American Sheep Industry Association and a certified sheep shearer, as he demonstrates this unique skill. Hoyt will be shearing a dozen sheep starting at 1:30 PM. On display also will be some small farm animals by members of the Montgomery County Chapter of the 4-H Club. This will be a fun and educational event for all ages so be sure to bring your children and grandchildren.

    • Adults: $5; Children 3-12: $3
  • 20th Annual Birdathon

    WVWA invites all birders to join the 20th annual Wissahickon Birdathon.  During this friendly, two-day competition, teams canvass the Wissahickon Watershed and strive to identify the greatest number of bird species.  Birders of all ages and skill levels are encouraged to join the fun, bird as much or as little as they choose to and enjoy the camaraderie of their fellow birders.  

  • Birding Basics Classes

    Class Full

    This beginner level course of three classes concentrates on the basics of bird identification and techniques for binocular use.  Birding experts, Amy Johns and Jamie Stewart, will offer you individual attention and expert tips, as you learn to focus your binoculars on the many birds of the Wissahickon.

    Saturday, April 12Sunday, April 27 ~ Sunday, May 4

  • Native Plant Sale

    Members Only - Friday, May 2, 2:00 - 5:00 p.m.
    General Public - Saturday, May 3, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

    Over 100 species of perennials, vines, ferns, shrubs and trees will be offered for sale at WVWA’s Spring Native Plant Sale. Knowledgeable staff and volunteers will answer questions and help you to select the native plants which are best suited for your garden site.  Plants will be available on a first come, first serve basis. Cash, check and credit cards accepted.

    Read more about Native Plants

  • Naturescaping with Native Plants

    6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
    Attendees can shop at the Native Plant Sale from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

    Do you want a beautiful, easy care and environmentally friendly garden?  Join us as we explore Naturescaping- designing a landscape or garden with native plants. Bring along photos and sketches of your home landscape or latest garden project...we’ll help you naturescape it with native plants.

  • 44th Annnual Creek Clean Up

    We are no longer accepting registrations or assigning sections.  If you would like to help out, the walk-in site will be at the Watershed Headquarters at Four Mills - 12 Morris Road.  Thank you for your interest!

    Be part of the 44th annual Creek Clean Up of the Wissahickon Creek and its many tributaries.  Help WVWA clean up the trail and the creek bed too. Volunteers are pre-assigned to sections of the Creek and trail. WVWA will supply you with a map of your section, the appropriate number of bags and the location of where you should deposit the trash for pick-up by the local municipalities.  Canoes are also needed to help clean the deeper parts of the creek.

  • Twilight Nature Walk at Penllyn Woods

    Scheduled for Wed, Apr 23 but cancelled due to low attendance and weather

    7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

    A family night out at the Penllyn Woods is cool and teeming with life in early spring! Join WVWA Executive Director Dennis Miranda, as he leads your family to the sights and sounds of early spring. Listen and perhaps catch a glimpse of frogs, toads and even an owl!. Dress for a cool evening, wear hiking shoes, bring your binoculars and a flashlight! A limited number of loaner binoculars are available too.

  • Evans-Mumbower Mill Open House

    1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

    First Open House of the 2014 Season

    WVWA’s restored 19th century gristmill, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, offers a glimpse into a time when people relied on simple machines and their own resourcefulness. See a demonstration of candle dipping then try your hand at tin-smiting or flour sifting.

    • Free; donations welcome

  • In Search of Night Critters

    Program CANCELLED due to forecast for rain

    6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

    Briar Hill Preserve and Prophecy Creek Park are home to a bevy of nocturnal animals and birds. Owls, foxes, raccoons, salamanders and even songbirds can often be heard making calls or singing at night. Bring your family and flashlights and search for signs of nature with WVWA Executive Director, Dennis Miranda.  Dress warmly, wear sturdy walking shoes and bring your enthusiasm.

  • GMO OMG - Pennypack Farm Sustainable Film Series

    WVWA is a proud sponsor of the 5th Annual Pennypack Farm Sustainable Film Series
    at the Ambler Theater

    6:00pm Sponsor Expo ~ 7:30pm Film Starts ~ 9:00pm Panel Discussion

    GMO OMG
    GMO OMG director and concerned father Jeremy Seifert is in search of answers. How do GMOs affect our children, the health of our planet, and our freedom of choice? And perhaps the ultimate question, which Seifert tests himself: is it even possible to reject the food system currently in place, or have we lost something we can't gain back?  www.gmofilm.com

  • Waterfalls Tour

    8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

    As winter gives way to early spring snows melt and streams are swollen with rushing waters; the perfect time to see the highest waterfalls in Pennsylvania, Raymondskill Falls! From a height of 175 feet and coursing through three cascades, Raymondskill Falls is thunderous wonder to behold! Take a tour from the friendly confines of Montgomery County and visit the rugged Poconos for a one day getaway!

     

    • Members $60.00 per person. Non-members $75.00 per person
    • Boxed lunch is included
    • This exclusive nature tour is limited to six guests only.
    • Meet at the Four Mills Barn, 12 Morris Rd, Ambler, PA
    • Register online
  • Serve the Preserve

     9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

    Help WVWA continue our restoration efforts this spring at Four Mills Reserve (12 Morris Rd., Ambler). Volunteers will remove invasive plants and plant native trees and shrubs. Please wear sturdy shoes for digging, and bring a shovel and gloves if you have them; otherwise we will provide.

  • Twilight Woodcock Walk at Crossways Preserve

    *** Walk postponed due to forecast for heavy rain ***

    New date to be determined

    6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

    A rite of spring is to see and hear the return of the Woodcock, a shy bird that performs amazing flights and sounds at dusk is a delight for both young and old! Join Dennis Miranda and explore the fields and wetlands of our Crossways Preserve and search for these interesting birds. Loaner binoculars are available.

    • Park at Crossways Preserve on Cathcart Road
    • Free; Pre-registration required; Limited to 25
  • Rain Barrel Workshop

    *** SOLD OUT ****

    7:00 p.m.

    Back by popular demand!  Make your own take-home rain barrel.  Rain barrels reduce runoff, collect storm water for later use and save time and money.  Learn how to install and use your own rain barrel in this informative workshop.  Each participant will assemble a rain barrel to take home so bring a vehicle large enough to transport your new rain barrel! 

    Read more about the benefits of rain barrels.

    • $30.00 for materials
    • Workshop limited to 18 participants

     

  • Green Ribbon Trail Walk - Upstream from Swedesford Road

    10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

    Join WVWA Executive Director, Dennis Miranda, for a late winter hike of the Green Ribbon Trail by Swedesford Road. Explore the woods, fields and wetlands in search of wildlife and birds. Park by the Evans-Mumbower Mill.  Dress for winter conditions. A limited number of loaner binoculars will be available.

  • American Meat - Pennypack Farm Sustainable Film Series

    WVWA is a proud sponsor of the 5th Annual Pennypack Farm Sustainable Film Series at the Ambler Theater

    6:00pm Sponsor Expo  ~ 7:30pm Film Starts ~ 9:00pm Panel Discussion

    American Meat
    American Meat is a pro-farmer look at chicken, hog and cattle production in America.  Beginning with a history of our current industrial system, the feedlots and confinement operations are unveiled, not through hidden cameras, but through the eyes of the farmers who live and work there.  www.americanmeatfilm.com/

  • Maple Sugaring Festival 2014

    Maple Sugaring Festival 2014 is cancelled

    Due to the excessive amount of snow and ice we have all experienced this winter, we feel that it is not safe to host an outdoor program with the current trail conditions. 

     

    12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

    Learn how maple syrup and sugar are made - a delicious and fun way to make science come alive! WVWA offers a very special winter event that is ideal for families, scout groups and anyone curious about the maple sugar process.  Guides take small groups through the woods to see the tapped trees and then watch it being boiled into sugar. End your walk at WVWA’s historic headquarters for hot chocolate and warm treats with maple syrup. Tours last approximately 45 minutes.

  • Fireside Frostbite 5 Miler

    9 a.m. start 

    The Ambler Area Running Club proudly presents the 15th annual Frostbite Five Miler, which starts and ends at the Wissahickon High School.  The field is limited to 1500 runners. Amenities include chip timing, great post-race food from Fireside Bar & Grille, sweatshirts if registered by January 20.  The race benefits WVWA.  Show your support by running or volunteering.

     

  • Winter Bird Seed Sale

    Order high quality birdseed that is appropriate for the birds in the Wissahickon Watershed.  Your purchase helps WVWA protect wildlife habitat.  WVWA holds a bird seed sale twice yearly - February & October. Seed must be pre-ordered.

     

    Seed must be pre-ordered by Tuesday, February 18

    • Pre-order deadline has passed.  Contact the office for availability - 215-646-8866

    Pick Up

    • Friday, February 21, 2 p.m. -5 p.m.
    • Saturday, February 22, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
    • WVWA Headquarters, 12 Morris Road, Ambler
  • Bird Walk at Willow Lake Farm

    Walk re-scheduled due to weather

    New date - Saturday, February 22

    10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

    Explore the fields and woods of the Willow Lake Farm in search of wintering birds and raptors that call this natural area home. Join WVWA Executive Director, Dennis Miranda, for this family oriented easy hike. A limited number of loaner binoculars are available. Dress for the weather and wear sturdy walking shoes.

     

  • Green Ribbon Trail Walk

    Registration is Full

    1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

    Take an informative walk with Bob Adams, the Wissahickon Valley Watershed Association’s Director of Stewardship starting at WVWA headquarters at the Four Mills Barn.  Learn about enhancements on the Green Ribbon Trail and WVWA’s restoration efforts at the Four Mills Reserve.  View the EPA’s progress on the superfund site, and walk the new section of the Green Ribbon Trail by Cedarbrook Country Club.

    • Free; advance registration is requested.
    • Begin and end at Four Mills Barn, 12 Morris Road, Ambler, PA 19002

     

  • 2014 Annual Meeting - Wednesday, January 15

    Join WVWA's Board of Directors for the Annual Meeting on Wednesday, January 15, 2014

     

  • CANCELLED due to weather - Family Winter Walk

    Walk CANCELLED due to weather forecast for rain

    10:00 - 11:00 a.m.

    Join the Wissahickon Valley Watershed Association’s Executive Director, Dennis Miranda, for a Family Winter Walk. Discover what happens to nature in the winter at this stunning 55-acre nature preserve. The walk begins and ends at WVWA’s headquarters at Four Mills Barn.

    • Appropriate for families with children ages 5 and older
    • Free; limited to 25 participants
    • Meet at Four Mills Barn, 12 Morris Road, Ambler, PA 19002
    • Register online
  • Wissahickon from the Top Nature Walk

    9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

    Co-Sponsored by Upper Gwynedd Township and WVWA

    The Green Ribbon Trail is a 21-mile natural trail that follows the Wissahickon Creek from North Wales to the Schuylkill River! Upper Gwynedd Parks and Recreation Department invites you to join WVWA’s Executive Director, Dennis Miranda, for an easy walk on this remarkable trail.  Discover the serenity of the Creek, the cool air of late autumn and see the arrival of the late fall bird migrants.

    • Meet at back parking lot at Upper Gwynedd Township Park, 1 Parkside Place, North Wales
    • Registration required; $5 per person or $10 per family
    • All registrations through www.uppergwynedd.org; visit Parks & Recreation webpage
  • Evans-Mumbower Mill Open House & Walk

    1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

    Tour the Evans-Mumbower Mill at the last open house for 2013. Learn about milling along the Wissahickon and experience a real working gristmill.

    In addition, take a guided walk to the Mill's old head race.
    Walk from 2:00-3:00 p.m

    • WVWA members free; Non-members $5 adult and $3 children 3-12 
    • Corner of Swedesford Road and Evergreen Drive
  • Wissahickon Green Ribbon Trail Race

    Online Registration is closed
    Day-of Registration opens at 8:00am - Race starts at 9:00am

    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 and finish back at the Park’s pavilion for the award ceremony and brunch.

  • Serve the Preserve Day

    9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

    Join WVWA in Upper Gwynedd for a great morning of forest edge restoration. Due to recent construction work on the Green Ribbon Trail, WVWA needs volunteers to help replant 500 trees and shrubs.  Ideal for scouts, service projects and all community members of all ages.

     

  • The Ghost of Henry Mumbower

    6:00 p. m. - 9:00 p.m.

    Enjoy a slightly scary evening complete with a marshmallow roast when Henry Mumbower returns to see how well we have been caring for his Mill. 

     

    • WVWA members free;  non-members $5 adult and $3 children 3-12
    • Bring a flashlight and wear flat shoes
    • Swedesford & Township Line Roads, Upper Gwynedd (Map)
  • Autumn Walk at Crossways Preserve

    1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

    A leisurely Sunday afternoon is an ideal time to take the fall colors and cool breezes of the Crossways Preserve. Join Robert Adams, WVWA’s Director of Stewardship, to learn about the natural history and beauty of the Crossways Preserve and the restoration work that’s in progress.

     

    • Free; Pre-registration required - Register Online
    • Limited to 25 participants
    • Meet at parking lot on Cathcart Road between Morris and Township Line Roads
  • Fall Sparrow Walk at Gwynedd Wildlife Preserve

    9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

    Mid-October is the high point for migrating sparrows. These underappreciated birds represent a diverse mix of species that migrate from the boreal forests and farms of Canada and New England to the Mid-Atlantic States. Join WVWA Executive Director, Dennis Miranda, on an informative walk at the Natural Land Trust’s Gwynedd Wildlife Preserve to see sparrows and learn about their markings, natural history and where they are going!

    • Free; Pre-registration required - Register Online
    • Limited to 25 participants
    • Meet at Gwynedd Wildlife Preserve, Swedesford Rd., Ambler

     

  • Fall Bird Seed Sale

    Order high quality birdseed that is appropriate for the birds in the Wissahickon Watershed.  Your purchase helps WVWA protect wildlife habitat.

    Orders must be placed by Tuesday, October 14
    Order online
    Printable order form

     

    Pick up details:

    • Friday, October 18, 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m or
    • Saturday, October 19, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
    • WVWA Headquarters, Four Mills Barn, 12 Morris Road, Ambler
  • Full Moon Nature Walk at Prophecy Creek Park

    Spaces NOW open - register online or call 215-646-8866 

    7:30 p.m. - 9:15 p.m.

    Nature comes alive at night if you are all ears! Join WVWA Executive Director, Dennis Miranda, for a nighttime nature walk of Briar Hill Preserve and Prophecy Creek Park to explore the sounds of owls, frogs, foxes and other nocturnal critters.

     

    • Free;  Pre-registration required - Register Online
    • Limited to 25 participants
    • Bring a flashlight and wear comfortable walking shoes
    • Meet in the Prophecy Creek Park parking lot; Skippack Pike
  • Walk on the Wild Side

    8:00 a.m.
    Participants begin their adventure in the Upper Gwynedd Township Park and can take a guided walk of the Upper Wissahickon (5 or 8-miles) or try the Challenge Hike (13 or all 21-miles) of the beautiful Green Ribbon Trail to end at the Philadelphia Canoe Club on the Schuylkill River.  All of the walks are guided and people are bussed back to the starting point.

     

  • Green Ribbon Gala at Dawesfield

    The Wissahickon Valley Watershed Association proudly announces The Green Ribbon Gala at Dawesfield, a special evening celebrating land preservation and three remarkable families whose commitment to open space has helped ensure that the valuable mission of WVWA continues for generations to come.  WVWA will honor the generosity of Beatrice and Robert Bast, the Carey Family, and Elizabeth and John Shober.

    Guests will enjoy cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and live music on the lush grounds of historic Dawesfield, a  revolutionary war estate that once served as the headquarters of George Washington after the Battle of Germantown.  

  • Old Fashioned Mill Festival

    ​1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

    Enjoy an afternoon filled with historic crafts, activities, live animal displays, music by the Now & Then Duet, and a tour of the Evans-Mumbower Mill.

    $5 adults, $3 children 3 - 12 years
    Swedesford & Township Line Roads, Upper Gwynedd (Map)

  • Discover Willow Lake Preserve

    9:00 – 11:00 a.m.

    The Whitemarsh Township Environmental Advisory Board joins WVWA to sponsor a walk through Willow Lake Preserve to explore the fields and forests.  WVWA’s Executive Director, Dennis Miranda, will lead this easy hike down well- worn trails in search of migrating songbirds, late season wildflowers and nectaring butterflies.

    • Free; Pre-registration required - Register Online
    • Limited to 25 participants
    • Meet at trail entrance behind CVS at Butler and Skippack Pikes, Broad Axe
  • Ice Cream Social at the Evans-Mumbower Mill

     • 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

    Take a break from the summer heat and enjoy delicious ice cream treats on the lawn of the Mill.

     •  Adults $5, Children 12 and under $3
     • Swedesford & Township Line Roads, Upper Gwynedd (Map)

  • Tex Mex 5K Race for Open Space

     • Starting at 6:15 p.m.

    Benefitting Wissahickon Valley Watershed Association.

    Run for the Environment! A festive run followed by an award ceremony and Party Under the Stars. Capped at 1500 runners and the race sells out early. Inquire about our green Ribbon Teams! 

  • Father's Day at the Evans-Mumbower Mill

     • 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

    Discover the Mysteries of the Mill - Solved and Unsolved
    A historian's role is to reconstruct the history of the Mill and the families that owned the Mill.  Researching historical documents, the discovery of artifacts and hearing stories told by the families' descendants help us to piece together the history of this Mill.

     • Free for members, $5 adult and $3 children 3-12; $1 for fathers
     • Swedesford & Township Line Roads, Upper Gwynedd (Map)

  • National Trails Day Upper Wissahickon Preserve Walk

       •  1:00 p.m.

    ** This walk has a new starting point due to work being done on the trail **

    Explore the upper section of the Green Ribbon Trail.  Start at West Prospect Avenue in North Wales and walk to Route 202/DeKalb Pike and back, a distance of 3.3 miles.  View the stream restoration work that WVWA completed this year.

    As an added benefit, Whole Body Yoga will be offering a 1-hour yoga donation class, prior to the walk,  from 11:30 – 12:30 to raise money for their Green Ribbon Team for the Tex Mex 5k Race. All proceeds will benefit WVWA! The Whole Body Yoga Studio is located at 213 North Main Street, North Wales PA, 215-661-0510.  The suggested donation is $20 but all are welcome!  

         •  Meet at the Green Ribbon Trail entrance at the end of West Prospect Ave in North Wales
         •  Parking available on West Prospect Avenue (Map)
         •  Free of charge
         •  Pre-registration is requested but not required - Register Online

  • Rain Barrel Workshop

     **** Workshop is Sold Out ****    

     •  7:00 p.m.

    Back by popular demand!  Make your own take-home rain barrel.  Rain barrels reduce runoff, collect storm water for later use and save time and money.  Learn how to install and use your own rain barrel in this informative workshop.  Each participant will assemble a rain barrel to take home.  Read more about the benefits of rain barrels.

         •  $30.00 for materials
         •  Workshop limited to 18 participants

  • Kids Day at the Evans-Mumbower Mill

    Miller at the door to the mill • 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

    Bring the whole family for Kids Day at the Mill! In addition to the tour of the Mill, there will be hands-on activities for children of all ages.  Try your hand at kneading dough, grinding corn and churning butter. There will also be an archeological dig activity in the yard. Seeing the Mill operate by water power and learning how the corn travels through the Mill makes history come alive and creates a lasting memory.

     • Free for members, $5 adult and $3 children 3-12
     • Swedesford & Township Line Roads, Upper Gwynedd (Map)

  • Preserve Walk at Briar Hill

     • 1:00 p.m.

    Take a brisk walk through the WVWA Briar Hill Preserve. WVWA will offer two options – a fast paced exercise walk and another more leisurely guided walk. Well behaved, leashed dogs welcome.

     

    • Free of charge but pre-registration is encouraged
    • Meet at Prophecy Creek Park Parking Lot (Map)
    • Register online

  • Wissahickon Birdathon

     • Friday, May 10, and Saturday, May 11
     
    Teams of  bird enthusiasts will comb the entire Wissahickon Watershed in this friendly and fun competition to identify as many bird species as possible within a two-day time period.
     
  • Film Screening - Seeking the Greatest Good

      • 6:15 p.m. Reception
      • 7:00 p.m. Film Screening
      • 8:00 p.m. Panel Discussion

    Seeking the Greatest Good - The Conservation Legacy of Gifford Pinchot

    Please join us for the premiere area screening of this inspiring documentary and discussion with local leaders on conservation approaches in 2013.  View trailer - seekinggreatestgood.org

    Members of the panel include: State Representative Kate Harper, Sarah Low, US Forest Service, Dennis Miranda, Exec. Director, WVWA, Carol Collier, Exec. Director, DRBC, and Jeffrey Featherstone, Ph.D., Temple University.

      • Free of charge - No registration required
      • Screening at Temple Ambler Learning Center - Located on Loop Drive off Meetinghouse Road
        View map of Temple Ambler Campus

     

  • Spring Bird Walk

    • 8:00 a.m. at the Four Mills Barn

    Experienced birders Jamie Stewart, Amy Johns and new WVWA Executive Director, Dennis Miranda, will lead this popular annual morning bird walk through Four Mills Reserve.  Bring binoculars; loaner binoculars will be available.  All ages and birding levels welcome. 

    • Free of charge but pre-registration is encouraged
    • Register online

  • Creek Clean Up

     • 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

    Be part of the 43rd annual Creek Clean Up of the Wissahickon Creek and its many tributaries.

    This program is great for families, scout, school groups and anyone who loves the environment and clean water.

  • Evans-Mumbower Mill Open House

    Miller at the door to the mill • 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

    First Open House of the Season

    This 19th century gristmill is once again water-powered! Bring your family to visit, learn about and experience the history of milling along the Wissahickon.

    • Free for members, $5 adult and $3 children 3-12
    • Swedesford & Township Line Roads, Upper Gwynedd (Map)

     

  • WVWA Native Plant Sale: General Public Day

     • 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Four Mills Barn

    Purchase high quality native trees, shrubs, wildflowers, ferns and grasses that will look great in your yard and benefit WVWA.

    Plants will be available on a first come, first serve basis.

  • WVWA Sustainable Gardening Wine & Cheese Event

     ​• 7:00 p.m. at the Four Mills Barn
     • Register online

    Water Conservation Part 3: Sustainable Gardening Techniques

    Join us at WVWA’s Four Mills Barn for a Sustainable Gardening Workshop and Native Plant Sale. Discussion will include garden design and maintenance, simple garden installation techniques, plant selection, composting, leaf mold, rain barrels and rain gardens. Bring your questions, concerns, garden photos and sketches...and enjoy some wine and cheese with WVWA!

    • Free of charge but pre-registration is encouraged
    • Register online

  • WVWA Native Plant Sale: Members Only Day

     • 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Four Mills Barn

    Purchase high quality native trees, shrubs, wildflowers, ferns and grasses that will look great in your yard and benefit WVWA.

    Plants will be available on a first come, first serve basis.

  • Rain Barrel Workshop

     • 7:00 p.m. at the Four Mills Barn
     • Registration is closed - Program is Full

    Water Conservation Part 2: Rain Barrels

    In part two of our Water Conservation Series, make your own take-home rain barrels. Rain barrels reduce runoff, collect storm water for later use, and save time and money. Learn how to install and use your own rain barrel in this informative workshop. Each participant will assemble a rain barrel to take home. So bring a vehicle large enough to transport your new rain barrel!

    • $30.00 for materials
    • Registration is closed - Program is Full

  • Sustainability Movie Series: Ingredients

     • 7:30 p.m. at the Ambler Theater

    WVWA is again a sponsor of the Pennypack Farm & Education Center’s sustainable movie series at the Ambler Theater. The three films each highlight important environmental issues. Movies are scheduled on the second Tuesday of the month in February, March and April.

    • Doors open at 6:00 p.m. for sponsor expo
    • $10.00 per film or $24.00 for all three films
    • Tickets are available at: www.amblertheater.org/pennypack.php
  • Spring Serve the Preserve Day

    Crew planting trees • 9:00 a.m. at the Armentrout Preserve (Map)

    Reforest the Wissahickon Day!

    Join WVWA at the Armentrout Preserve for a great morning of forest edge restoration that includes planting trees and invasive plant removal. Ideal for scouts, service projects and anyone who wants to make a difference in the Wissahickon Watershed. Wear gloves, a hat and bring a shovel. Snacks and tools will be provided. Busy that day? Purchase trees to plant through the Adopt a Tree program.

    • Contact Bob Adams at bob@wvwa.org or 215.646.8866 for more details and to register

  • Rain Garden Lecture

    Working on a rain garden • 7:00 p.m. at the Four Mills Barn

    Water Conservation Part 1: Rain Gardens

    Part one of the WVWA water conservation series considers the most beautiful way to conserve water- building your own rain garden! Simple to install and maintain, rain gardens are indeed a thing of beauty. Learn where to site, how to build and what to plant in your rain garden.

    • Free of charge but pre-registration is encouraged
    • Register online

  • Preserve Walk at Armentrout Preserve & Camp Woods

    Walkers at the Arementrout Preserve • 1:00 p.m.

    Enjoy a walk through the beautiful Armentrout and Camp Woods Preserves. WVWA will offer two options – a fast paced exercise walk and another more leisurely guided walk. Well-behaved, leashed dogs are welcome.
     

    • Meet at the parking lot at Armentrout, on Beale Road, off Penllyn Blue Bell Pike (Map)
    • Free of charge but pre-registration is encouraged
    Register online

  • Sustainability Movie Series: King Corn

     • 7:30 p.m. at the Ambler Theater

    WVWA is again a sponsor of the Pennypack Farm & Education Center’s sustainable movie series at the Ambler Theater. The three films each highlight important environmental issues. Movies are scheduled on the second Tuesday of the month in February, March and April.

    • Doors open at 6:00 p.m. for sponsor expo
    • $10.00 per film or $24.00 for all three films
    • Tickets are available at: www.amblertheater.org/pennypack.php
     
  • Maple Sugar Festival 2013

     • 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
     • Map »
     • Online registration is closed
     • Walk-ins are welcome on Sunday; smaller groups only

    Hands-on science made fun! And delicious!

    Take a guided tour of the sugar bush through WVWA’s Four Mills Nature Reserve on the Green Ribbon Trail.  Learn about the trees, taste the sap and see it boil into syrup. Finish with a sweet treat and hot cocoa at WVWA’s headquarters. Program lasts approximately 45 minutes.

    • WVWA Members: $5 adult/$3 child (12 years and under)
    • Non-Members: $10 adult/$5 child (12 years and under)
    • Become a new WVWA member at $45.00 and attend for free 
    • Registration requested, walk-ins welcome

  • Winter Bird Seed Pick-up

    Pick up your pre-ordered bird seed
    at the Four Mills Barn, 12 Morris Road, Ambler

     • Friday, February 22, 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m or

     • Saturday, February 23, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

  • WVWA Annual Meeting

    • 8:00 a.m. at the Four Mills Barn

    WVWA members are welcome to attend the 2013 Annual Meeting at WVWA’s headquarters.

    • RSVP: info@wvwa.org or 215-646-8866
     

  • Winter Bird Seed Sale

    • Order by 2:00 p.m.

    Order quality birdseed that is appropriate for the birds in the Wissahickon Watershed. Download the order form: BirdSeedWinter13Flyer.pdf.

    New! Order bird seed online.

  • Sustainability Movie Series: The Greenhorns

    • 7:30 p.m. at the Ambler Theater

    WVWA is again a sponsor of the Pennypack Farm & Education Center’s sustainable movie series at the Ambler Theater. The three films each highlight important environmental issues. Movies are scheduled on the second Tuesday of the month in February, March and April.

    • Doors open at 6:00 p.m. for sponsor expo
    • $10.00 per film or $24.00 for all three films
    • Tickets are available at: www.amblertheater.org/pennypack.php
  • Winter Walk at the Four Mills Nature Reserve

    • 1:00 p.m. at the Four Mills Barn

    Winter is a wonderful time to be in nature. Bring a friend and experience a winter walk along the Wissahickon beginning at WVWA’s historic barn. Following the walk light refreshments will be served at the Four Mills Barn.

    This walk will be on a trail that may be wet or slippery in places.  Please wear sturdy, protective shoes or boots and dress for the weather. Hikes are cancelled in the event of inclement weather

    • Free of charge but pre-registration is encouraged
    • RSVP: info@wvwa.org or 215.646.8866

  • Garden Lecture with Jenny Rose Carey

    Jenny Rose Carey• 2:30 p.m. at the Temple Ambler Learning Center (Map)

    WVWA is pleased to partner with Temple University Ambler to present an English garden lecture with the Director of the Ambler Arboretum, Jenny Rose Carey. This theme is a great preview for the 2013 Philadelphia Flower Show Brilliant!, celebrating British gardens.

    Jenny Carey is a native of England and comes from a family background of gardeners.

    • Free of charge but pre-registration is encouraged
    • RSVP: info@wvwa.org or 215.646.8866

  • Fall Serve the Preserve

    9:00 AM

    Join WVWA for a great day of planting trees. Work begins at 9 am and ends by noon. Ideal for scouts, school service projects and anyone who wants to make a difference in the Wissahickon Watershed. Busy that day? Adopt a tree for this group to plant.

  • Ghost of Henry Mumbower

    Evans-Mumbower Mill

    6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    Don’t miss this slightly spooky but fun evening as WVWA showcases Henry Mumbower and his family. Ideal for families with children over 3. Bring a flashlight and wear flat shoes. Refreshments will be served.

  • Fall Birdseed Sale

    Order quality birdseed appropriate for the birds in the Wissahickon Watershed. Your order helps WVWA protect wildlife and habitat

     

     

  • Green Ribbon Gathering 2012

    5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

    Join WVWA for this very special event in a magnificent private residence with cocktails, hors d’ oeuvres and music to celebrate the significance of preserved land in the Wissahickon Valley