“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.

Forest Monitoring Plots In Carpernter’s Woods

The following is a message form Tom Witmer, Operations Manager, Natural Lands Restoration, PP&R.

PP&R Ecosystem Managment staff and interns are in the process of establishing fixed monitoring plots in forested areas where we can periodically collect data on vegetation conditions. The main purpose of the plots is to evaluate the effectivenss of restoration projects, but the plots also provide additional information such as deer browse effects.

Starting this Friday, we will be locating five plots in Carpenters Woods, mostly in areas were we removed invasives and planted a few years ago. All plots will likely be within the area bounded by Wissahickon Ave., Wayne Ave., N Mt. Pleasant Ave., and Sedgewick St. Each plot centers will be established by driving in a 6-foot length of orang-painted 1/2-inch diameter re-bar. 3-4 feet of the re-bar will remain above ground so that it can be located in the future for re-sampling. No other materials will be left to identify the plot, although some flagging will be used during sampling.

Sampling consists of measuring a 37.5-foot diameter circle from the plot center, then characterizing and recording all the vegetation within that circle. (This results in a plot size of 1/10 acre.) After the initial sampling (probably Thursday and Friday of next week) we do not expect to return to re-sample the plots until a few years from now.

Tom Witmer
Operations Manager, Natural Lands Restoration
Philadelphia Parks & Recreation
215.683.0216

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PP&R Recreation Leader Trainee Recruitment Information Night

Philadelphia Parks & Rec is holding two information sessions about our Recreation Leader Trainee position. If you are interested in leading programs at our recreation centers please come hear about this position.

The information sessions will be held July 13th at Carousel House Rec Center & July 20th at Lawncrest Rec Center, both sessions beginning at 6pm. Please see the attached flier for more information and share this with anyone who might qualify!

PP&R Rec Leader Trainee Flyer

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Next FoCW Meeting: Monday, June 6

The next meeting of Friends of Carpenter’s Woods will be Monday, June 6, at 7 PM. We will meet at Thomas Mansion, 6245 Wissahickon Ave.

Topics on the agenda include:

  • Service days and activities
  • Kiosk repair
  • Invasive plant control plan
  • Meadow update
  • Trees and planting

We hope to see you there.

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Love Your Park 2016 Spring Fest Schedule

Friends of Carpenter’s Woods present Love Your Park Week Spring Fest 2016

 

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(Ellet & Sherman Streets, Mt. Airy 19119)

May 7–14, 2016. Join us for Free Nature Walks & More!

Saturday 5/7, 3:00 pm & Sunday 5/8, 1:00 pm
Looking at Plants: A Plant Appreciation Walk
Louise Barteau-Chodoff, GROVE Artist & Naturalist
Join Louise Barteau on a walk through Carpenter’s Woods looking at interesting plants and learning about their lives. Part natural history, part beginning plant ID, Louise will share how she has learned to look closely and appreciatively at plants since she began as a volunteer in Carpenter’s Woods 15 years ago. Louise recently received her Advanced Field Botany Certificate from New England Wildflower Society and is eager to share her love and interest in native plants with others.

Tuesday 5/10, 5:00 pm
The Challenges of Being a Plant in Carpenter’s Woods
• Timothy Block, Ph.D., John J. Willaman Chair & Director of Botany, Morris Arboretum
On this plant-focused walk we’ll look at the ecological impacts on the woods of the interactions among factors such as the urban environment, introduced plant species, herbivore feeding preferences, and other pressures placed on a “forest island” like Carpenter’s Woods. We’ll also have an opportunity to answer those “what plant is that?” questions.

Thursday 5/12, 3:00 pm
Nature Walk
• Sarah Low, Field Station Coordinator & Biological Scientist, U.S. Forestry Service
Walk with Sarah to learn about the plants and animals of Carpenter’s Woods and the importance of urban forests, wildflowers, and native plant management.

Friday 5/13, 3:00 pm
A Natural Resource & History Ramble
• Jason Lubar, ISA Cert. Master Arborist, Assoc. Dir. of Urban Forestry, Morris Arboretum
This walk will be led by Jason Lubar, a tree expert who grew up on Ellet Street and whose formative years were shaped by Carpenter’s Woods. The Wood’s tree and natural resource issues will be highlighted, and social, geological, and biological history will be discussed
and questions will be answered. You are encouraged to bring your questions for group discussions. This will be a ramble, not a strenuous hike. All welcome.

Saturday 5/14, 7:30 am • Meet at Wayne Ave. Bus Turnaround
BirdPhilly Bird Walk
• Keith Russell, Audubon Program Manager for Urban Conservation
Sponsored by BirdPhilly & Delaware Valley Ornithological Club
Mid-May is the best time for migrating warblers and Carpenter’s Woods is Philadelphia’s warbler hotspot. Come out and see why Carpenter’s Woods was Philadelphia’s First Bird Sanctuary. BirdPHILLY is a joint initiative between DVOC and Phila. Parks & Recreation.
Beginner to experienced birders welcome! Bring binoculars and a field guide if you have them. Loaner binoculars will be available.

Saturday 5/14, 11:00 am
Finding Reptiles & Amphibians
• Bernard “Billy” Brown, Urban Wildlife Podcast & PA Amphibian & Reptile Survey
Learn about the frogs, toads, snakes, and other reptiles and amphibians that call Carpenter’s Woods home on this family-friendly walk. Billy Brown is the producer and co-host of the Urban Wildlife Podcast as well as the Philadelphia coordinator for the
Pennsylvania Amphibian and Reptile Survey.

Saturday 5/14, 1:00 pm & 3:00 pm
Tree ID & Ecology Walk
• Ken LeRoy, ISA Certified Arborist, John B. Ward Tree Experts
This walk emphasizes the importance protecting our native trees and plants, some trees that make Carpenter’s Woods special, and how invasive plants threaten them. Learn tree and shrub identification and appreciation of the cosmopolitan forest.

Saturday 5/14, 2:00 pm & 3:30 pm
Meadow & Woodland Plant ID Stroll
• Alfred “Ernie” Schuyler, Ph.D., Curator Emer., Botany, Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
Hike along the trails with Dr. Schuyler as we learn to identify as many plants as we can. We will use both Latin and common names for individual plants and discuss the characteristics that enable us to identify them. We will also discuss the characteristics of the families to which they belong. Dr. Schuyler has taught adult education courses at the Arboretum of the Barnes Foundation, Wagner Free Institute of Science, and Pennsylvania Horticultural Society. Bring a field guide if you have one.

Sat. 5/14, All Day
Practical Natural & Native Gardening Answers You Can Use
• Dottie Allison, Penn State Master Gardeners
Dottie will share her personal experiences with native and chemical free gardening on her 1/2 acre of property, planted with 75% natives and represents every possible soil type and growing condition. This enables her to answer your questions about gardening in a variety of situations. Master Gardeners are volunteers trained by the Penn State Cooperative Extension. Master Gardeners help the Extension better serve the home gardening public by answering questions, speaking to groups, participating in civic beautification, maintaining demonstration gardens, and in many other ways. Master Gardeners are willing and able to educate individuals and groups in gardening topics such as plant selection, composting, soil improvement, pest control, vegetable and flower gardening, pruning, and more.

ALL WALKS (except Bird Walk) meet at Ellet Kiosk inside the Woods at Ellet St. trailhead.

Print the 2016 Spring Fest Schedule (PDF)

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Updated Trail Map of Carpenter’s Woods Available

An updated trail map of Carpenter’s Woods, including the new meadow go-around, is now available on our website.

Download the Trail Map PDF (3.4 MB)

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2016 Carpenter’s Woods Trail Map

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