“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.

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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2015 MLK Day of Service Weekend in Carpenter’s Woods

Friends of Carpenter’s Woods invites you to join us over the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Weekend to remove invasive vines in Carpenter’s Woods. Bring your friends, neighbors, and family! Activities are suitable for teens and older.

Join David Bower of Parks & Recreation, Saturday and Sunday, January 17–18 from 9 AM to 12 noon.

Join John Janick of FoCW, Monday, January 19 from 9 AM to 1 PM.

Meet at the Wayne Ave entrance (Wayne and Sedgwick St) at 9 or follow the signs to join the volunteer group later.

Tools and gloves will be provided. Dress for the weather and working outdoors. Bring a bottle of water.

2015 MLK Jr Day of Service - Carpenter's Woods, Philadelphia

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Street Tree Planting Event on Saturday, November 15

Fall 2015 FOCW street tree plantingFriends of Carpenter’s Woods is joining with Mt Airy Tree Tenders, Philadelphia Parks & Recreation, and Fairmount Park Conservancy to plant over 30 street trees along the West Sedgwick St side of Carpenter’s Woods. We are excited to have new trees to replace the older street trees CW has lost over the past decade.

This is our Love Your Park Event, Saturday, November 15, 9 AM to 3 PM.

We will have additional trees for planting in the woods, along with some crocus bulbs for cheerful spring flowers.

Please join us. Bring a friend or neighbor!
Work for an hour, two, or through the entire day!

All skill levels are welcome. There will be expert leaders to guide us all day.

Tools and gloves will be provided. Dress for the weather. Bring a refillable water bottle.

If you wish more information, please reply to info@focw.org, check FoCW website and Facebook page, or contact Mt Airy Tree Tenders.

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