Don’t Miss Signs of Spring in the Wissahickon

Erin Mooney, for the Shuttle

Take a hike with FOW director Maura McCarthy (left above, at Houston Meadow). Meet Friday, March 31, at 10 a.m. at the RittenhouseTown parking area off Lincoln Drive. Contact Christina Anthony to register:

As March unfolds, signs of spring are becoming evident throughout the Wissahickon Valley Park. The air is warmer and more sunlight filters through the trees. There's also renewed energy and interest in getting outside and getting into nature. New to the area or new to the Wissahickon? Do you have questions we can help answer about the park or about the work we do? As part of getting to know our supporters and neighbors, Friends of the Wissahickon Executive Director Maura McCarthy will be hosting walks to introduce people to the wonders of the Wissahickon. 

Last year, with our All Trails Challenge, McCarthy explored the park alongside dedicated Challenge participants; this year, she'll be leading community hikes throughout the park on an ongoing basis. “Mornings with Maura” promises to be fun and educational.

On Friday, March 31, join McCarthy for a 3-mile walk along the sole of the “boot,” a portion of the park that skirts Historic RittenhouseTown. We will meet there at 10 a.m. and McCarthy will guide participants through this section and will look for signs of wildlife including early spring and late winter birds, amphibians and other animals.

“I’m eager to explore the park in areas that may be unfamiliar or less explored,” said McCarthy. “Bringing community members together is a great way to learn more about the park and each other.”

Can’t join on the hike but want to volunteer with Friends of the Wissahickon? Contact Christina Anthony at