“This is a corner of heaven here,”
wrote American poet Gerald Stern in his poem In Carpenter’s Woods. And indeed it is!

Carpenter’s Woods, part of Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park system, is located in the northwestern part of the city. Preserved from development in 1916 specifically because of its importance to a wide variety of resident and migratory bird species, Carpenter’s Woods is part of a global network of places recognized by the National Audubon Society and BirdLife International for its value to bird conservation.

Besides woodpeckers and warblers, Carpenter’s Woods is a nature-lover’s delight, filled with toads and butterflies, wild mushrooms and skunk cabbage, and so much more. Active during all seasons, you can enjoy walking the trails, sledding, or, as Gerald Stern wrote, just laying “for hours with my eyes closed listening to the great sounds.”

Carpenter’s Woods is preserved and maintained as an ecologically important natural area and public resource by the Friends of Carpenter’s Woods. Through their voluntary efforts, the Friends provide ongoing maintenance, educational programming, and public information about Carpenter’s Woods.

Carpenter’s Woods Love Your Park Volunteer Day, Saturday, Dec. 5, 9 AM to 1 PM.

Mark your calendars for the upcoming Carpenter’s Woods Love Your Park Volunteer Day, Saturday, Dec. 5, 9 AM to 1 PM.

Join David Bower of Parks & Rec and Friends of Carpenter’s Woods for our final planting of the season (we have trees and bulbs to plant) and to work on cleaning up the trails and replacing the cork on our wonderful kiosks before the winter freeze sets in.

Come for the entire morning or an hour or more.
Expert guidance, tools, and work gloves provided.

Dress for the weather and working in the Woods.
Wear long sleeves and long pants—poison ivy is still potent, even in the cold months!
Bring a bottle of water.

See you in the Woods!

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September 23: Birding at Carpenter’s Woods, a Hotspot for Migrants

Carpenter’s Woods was originally added to the Fairmount Park system during the 1920s as a bird sanctuary. Since then it has remained one of the most popular and important locations in the Philadelphia region to find migrating land birds.

Keith Russell, Audobon Pennsylvania Program Manager for Urban Conservation, will be leading a bird walk in the woods on Wednesday, September 23, 2015. We should see a variety of species including warblers, vireos, thrushes, flycatchers, and rarities like red-headed woodpecker, olive-sided flycatcher and goldenwinged warbler are possible.

We will meet at Carpenter’s Woods located in West Mt. Airy in northwest Philadelphia. Gather at the parking area where Wayne Avenue intersects with Sedgwick Street along the south side of the woods. Bring your binoculars.

Wednesday, September 23

7:30—10:30 a.m.

To register online go to https://online.morrisarboretum.org/classes

Or call 215-247-5777. 156

Members: $20

Non-members: $25

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Spring Fest 2015 in Carpenter’s Woods May 9 and May 16

carpenter's woods spring fest 2015

It’s time for the Love Your Park Week Spring Fest in Carpenter’s Woods!

Please join Friends of Carpenter’s Woods for 2 Saturdays of FREE events, including Trail Walks, Children’s Bird Pageant, and a BirdPHILLY Bird Walk. It promises to be a great time in the woods with knowledgeable experts and friends!

Bring your family, your neighbors, and your friends for a great day in the lovely Springtime in Carpenter’s Woods.

Schedule of events and poster are below. See you in the Woods!

*Note: Ken LeRoy’s 2:30 trail walk on 5/9 @ 2:30 has been cancelled due to a scheduling conflict.

2015 Spring Fest Schedule (PDF)

Carpenter’s Woods Spring Fest 2015 (PDF)

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Invasive Plant Removal Day April 11

Please join Friends of Carpenter’s Woods and our terrific leader, Louise Hayes, next Saturday, April 11, in Carpenter’s Woods for a morning removing invasive plants. We’ll be taking out garlic mustard, English ivy, Japanese knotweed, and any other obviously invasive vines from 9 AM to Noon.

Meet at the Wayne Avenue bus stop entrance. Gloves and tools will be provided.

Dress for the weather.
Bring a bottle of water.

Please be aware, poison ivy and ticks may be present anywhere in the woods.
Due to the recent rains and melting snow, some areas may be muddy.
Long sleeves, long pants, sturdy shoes, and insect repellent are strongly advised.


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Show your love for Carpenter’s Woods on Valentine’s Day!

Please join Friends of Carpenters Woods and other volunteers on Saturday, February 14th, from 9am to 12noon, as we continue trail re-routes and removal of invasive, exotic vegetation at the meadow near the wooden footbridge.

As always, we supply all tools and materials. Please dress for cold weather and bring something warm to drink.

If you can’t stay for the whole morning, please come when you can and leave when you must.

No need to RSVP. Please contact Volunteer Coordinator David Bower at  david.bower@phila.gov if you have any questions.

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