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.
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!
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)
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.
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 email@example.com if you have any questions.