Amateur Sports: Five Ways To Spend Your Summer Hours

Amateur Sports: Five Ways To Spend Your Summer Hours

Trips to the Jersey Shore can be repetitive every weekend, so why not stay here? Philadelphia has a multitude of venues and activities for you to enjoy on your summer days without traveling beyond city limits. Philadelphia School of Circus Arts Philadelphia School of Circus Arts (above) offers a wide variety of classes for children and adults. […]

 

Northwest: Enemies of the Wissahickon

Northwest: Enemies of the Wissahickon

William Penn believed that open, natural spaces worked positively on the mind as well as the body, providing respite from the chaotic pace of urban life as well as the unsanitary closeness of quarters. Today, more than 10 percent of the land within Philadelphia is park territory. Tucked inside the Northwest sits the 1,800-acre Wissahickon Valley […]

 

Wissahickon Valley Park: Trash to Treasure

Wissahickon Valley Park: Trash to Treasure

“I found a pregnancy test, not pregnant, which is the answer you want when you take a pregnancy test in the woods.” Bradley Maule has discovered some unusual trash while hiking through the Wissahickon Valley Park. Hiking has always been a pastime of his from growing up in the middle of wooded Pennsylvania. He moved […]

 

Chestnut Hill: Spring Clean Up for Wissahickon Valley Park

Chestnut Hill: Spring Clean Up for Wissahickon Valley Park

Winter 2013 to 2014 was one of Philadelphia’s roughest. Record breaking snow was the cause of many natural disasters including potholes, home damage and fallen trees. The Wissahickon Valley Park was especially affected with over 100 down trees and multiple broken paths. Now the Friends of the Wissahickon are beginning to clean up, but environmentalist […]

 By Christine Mattson and Aaron Stevens

Chestnut Hill: Nature in Unexpected Places

Chestnut Hill: Nature in Unexpected Places

A cool breeze caresses you as you walk through a tree-lined path. The sounds of birds, cicadas and the flow of water are the only sounds able to be heard. No one would ever imagine being enveloped by nature and only be 30 minutes outside of Center City Philadelphia. A hidden gem like the Wissahickon […]

 By Brianna Michelle Bosak and Elizabeth Diane Sim

Mount Airy: National Trails Day Kicks Off New Projects

Mount Airy: National Trails Day Kicks Off New Projects

Trailblazers is a word that could be used to describe Friends of the Wissahickon – but not just because the group built two new paths Saturday, June 1 as part of National Trails Day. In fact, the nonprofit organization responsible for maintaining Wissahickon Valley Park has earned that title from its distinction as the only […]