“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.

FoCW Spring Fest & Love Your Park Trail Walks Sat. May 17

Friends of Carpenter’s Woods is hosting a day of free Trail Walks led by expert guides, Saturday May 17, as part of Love Your Park Week and our Love Carpenter’s Woods Spring Fest. Visitors may receive a free, Love Your Park t-shirt, while supplies last!

A detailed schedule is available below. Schedules are also in the kiosk pamphlet boxes.

Please join us for a lovely day in the woods and interesting discussions with knowledgeable guides. Bring a friend and neighbor, too!



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Bird Walk May 3 in Carpenter’s Woods

Join us for a bird walk with our birding expert, Audubon’s Keith Russell. The group will meet at the Wayne Avenue entrance at 7:30 am and we’ll observe for about 3 hours. Bring binoculars if you have them!

Keith is a life-long birder who grew up in Mount Airy. His love of birds was focused in the Wissahickon valley, especially Carpenter’s Woods. He currently works as Audubon Pennsylvania’s Outreach Coordinator for Philadelphia.

See flyer below for more details, and for an idea of what to expect see the article from our last bird walk featuring species and photos.


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Garlic Mustard Removal Day – Saturday, April 26

Join FOCW this Saturday as we remove invasive garlic mustard from the meadow and hillside. Louise Hayes will lead the group from 9:00 – noon. Tools and gloves provided, although garlic mustard requires little effort to pull by hand.

See flyer below for details.

FOCW garlic mustard removal day

FOCW garlic mustard removal day

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FOCW Ivy and Vine Removal Day March 15

This Saturday, March 15, 9-1, John Janick and David Bower will be leading volunteers removing English ivy and other invasive vines from trees along the edges of the Woods. Please join them for a productive day out in the fresh air doing this important cleanup work. English ivy and other non-native vines can kill trees and push out important native plants from the forest floor.

Dress for the weather. Be sure to wear long sleeves, long pants, and sturdy shoes. The woods and trails are likely to be a bit muddy.

Gloves and tools will be provided.

Feel free to bring a neighbor, too.

FOCW ivy and vine pull day

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Presentation: Volunteering and Stewardship in GROVE

The Penn State Extension in partnership with Philadelphia Horticultural Society and Friends of Carpenter’s Woods present Volunteering and Stewardship in GROVE – a conversation with Louise Barteau, this Thursday, March 13, from 6:30 – 8:00 PM at the PHS Auditorium, 5th Floor, 100 North 20th Street, Philadelphia.

For more information, contact Anna Herman at aeh22@psu.edu

PHS Grove talk with Louise Barteau

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