“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.

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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Service Day on Saturday, October 11

We plan to remove invasive vines and do a variety of maintenance tasks in Carpenter’s Woods. David Bower of the Parks Department will be leading us and volunteers from the Timberland Store will be busy as they join us for the day’s activities.

Meet at the Wayne Avenue/W Sedgwick bus stop. Work will take place from 9:00 AM until noon.

Please join us for a great day working in the woods!

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Bird Walk: Sunday, September 28

Join us for a bird walk in Carpenter’s Woods on Sunday, September 28. Bring binoculars if you have them!

The walk will take place from 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM, lead by Keith Russell, Audubon PA’s Outreach Coordinator for Philadelphia.

Meet at the Wayne Ave entrance at the bus turnaround. Hope to see you there!

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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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