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orange-trail.jpgWissahickon Restoration Volunteers (WRV) is dedicated to the restoration of the natural areas of the Wissahickon Valley Park in Philadelphia.

WRV is dedicated to the preservation and restoration of the beauty and wildness of a healthy and thriving Wissahickon ecosystem. WRV’s programs consist of ecological restoration, education, community involvement, research, and advocacy.

That preservation and restoration is necessary for a forest located in a city surrounded by millions. Signs of stress include a lack of plant and tree diversity, severe erosion problems along tributaries, and too few seedlings for a future forest canopy. The overabundance of deer, and the presence of exotic plant species that choke out native vegetation all contribute to a forest in need of our help.

WRV's Board coordinates restoration efforts with Philadelphia's Parks and Recreation department, guided by the park's Natural Lands Restoration Plan. Relying on volunteers from our membership and partnering groups (schools, religious groups, service organizations, etc), we remove invasive vegetation, plant a mix of native trees and shrubs, and remove trash.

WRV has partnered with more than 50 community groups from across the Philadelphia region, Thousands of individuals contributing tens of thousands of volunteer hours to accomplish our mission. Over the years, thousands of trees and shrubs have been planted, countless amounts of exotic invasive plant species have been removed, and our work has only begun.

You can help by volunteering! To volunteer in the forest check out our calendar for descriptions of WRV volunteer opportunities. To schedule a group contact or volunteer in the office contact WRV at or (215) 798-0044.

To accomplish our ambitious goals, your membership support is critical. Our members help us purchase more trees or tools, and fund WRV operations.

We look forward to seeing you in the Wissahickon!