“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 in Carpenter’s Woods May 13-16

UPDATE: Louise Barteau’s event scheduled for Saturday, 5/13, has been moved to Sunday, 5/14, at 4:00 PM, due to inclement weather.

Please join Friends of Carpenter’s Woods for our planned events during LOVE Your Park Week, May 13-16, 2017. Please see the following schedule for dates and times.

FOCW Spring Fest 2017


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JOB OPPORTUNITY: TreePhilly Intern Position Available

The TreePhilly Program seeks a seasonal intern to support existing tree planting and giveaway projects and to develop new ideas to promote tree planting and maintenance in Philadelphia. The position requires an energetic and organized person who can work independently as well as collaboratively with the TreePhilly Program Manager. The Intern position will begin on Wed. March 1st, 2017 and end on Thurs. November 30th, 2017 and will have a flexible schedule that includes evening and weekend work, both in and out of the office. This position reports directly to the TreePhilly Program Manager. This is a paid position that requires a commitment of 37.5 hours per week.

Application Deadline: Friday, February 10th, 2017

Click here to apply.


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Retiring: Volunteer Coordinator David Bower

FoCW would like to wish our Philadelphia Parks and Recreation representative, David Bower, a happy retirement after 18 years of service. David was a regular at all of our meetings, dropped off/picked up tools, trees, and supplies at our service days, helped us recruit volunteers, and even helped catch an illegal dumper or two. Your leadership and dedication will be missed, but you’ve inspired many to help preserve the natural beauty of Carpenter’s Woods. Enjoy retirement, and see you in the woods, David!

Retiring: Volunteer Coordinator David Bower

David Bower

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Love Your Park Fall Service Day in Carpenter’s Woods

Please join Philadelphia Parks & Recreation, Fairmount Park Conservancy, and Friends of Carpenter’s Woods on Saturday, November 12, for Love Your Park Fall Service Day.

The workday begins at 9:00am and will include general trash & litter clean-up, tree planting, and invasive vine removal from canopy trees. Work gloves will be provided, however if you have your own feel free to bring those. Please be sure to dress in layers, bring a bottle of water, and wear closed-toed sturdy shoes. Meet at the SEPTA bus turnaround on Wayne Avenue and West Sedgwick St.

The following is a helpful video on how to remove English ivy from the base of trees:


Love Your Park Fall Service Day 2016



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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

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