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.
The next Friends of Carpenter’s Woods meeting will be Monday, February 24, 7:00 PM, Allens Lane Art Center.
We expect to meet in the Basement Main Ceramics Studio. All are welcome.
The main topic of discussion will be planning our spring event schedule and updates on May Spring Fest/Love Your Park week activities.
Join us this MLK Day as we remove English ivy from the base of trees along the edge of the woods. Meet at the Wayne Ave entrance at 8 AM. Tools and gloves will be provided.
Hope to see you there!
Friends of Carpenter’s Woods is joining Philadelphia Parks & Recreation and the Fairmount Conservancy celebrating the fall Love Your Park Day this Saturday, planting trees and doing cleanup in our neighborhood parks.
Please join FoCW and our knowledgeable leaders, John Janick and Keith Russell, for a pleasant, productive day in Carpenter’s Woods planting trees and removing non-native plants. Meet at the Wayne Ave entrance to The Woods (Wayne Ave & Sedgewick St) or follow the signs to join volunteers at work. We’ll be there all day—join us for as much time as you can.
Gloves, tools, materials, and trees will be provided.
Sturdy shoes are required (no flip-flops).
Dress for the weather and working in wet areas; long sleeves and long pants strongly recommended.
Please feel free to bring a friend and forward the attached PDF flyer file to anyone who may be interested in volunteering.
See you in the woods.
FoCW Meeting, Tuesday, October 1, 7:00 PM
Allens Lane Art Center
Basement Back Studio
Bird Walk led by Keith Russell, Audubon Outreach Coordinator for Philadelphia
Saturday, October 5, 7:30 – 10:30 AM
Meet at Wayne Ave entrance (Wayne Ave and Sedgwick St.)
All skill levels welcome.
Bring binoculars if you have them.
Keith Russell Bird Walk (PDF)