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Relying on volunteers, WRV coordinates diverse restoration projects that improve the ecological integrity of the Wissahickon Valley Park in Philadelphia.

WRV projects are guided by the 2001 Fairmount Park Master Restoration Plan (Wissahickon Park: Volume II, Chapter 6), developed by the Academy of Natural Science's Patrick Center, and approved by Fairmount Park staff.

WRV volunteers have been working on restoration projects in the Wissahickon since the 1980s, although WRV has taken on significantly larger projects since the organization's founding in 1997. Over the years, WRV volunteers helped plant thousands of trees and shrubs in dozens of locations throughout the park. The bulk of the work is often the removal of exotic plants, with years of follow-up maintenance required after a planting. Adding new trees and shrubs is often the easiest part of the restoration process.

To learn about some of our ambitious restoration projects, select from the list on the left. Check out the [map] to see if WRV staff and volunteers are working in your area!


Contact us through email or phone (below) to learn how to get involved.

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