“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.

Friends of Carpenter’s Woods Meeting Monday, November 13

The next Friends of Carpenter’s Woods meeting will be held Monday, November 13, 6:30 PM, at Work Mt Airy.
Work Mt. Airy is at 6700 Germantown Avenue, lower level. It’s the building on the corner of Westview – High Point does their roasting and baking upstairs. Use the door on the corner and look for the Work Mt. Airy logo painted on the door.
There’s street parking on Germantown Ave, and there’s usually space by 6:30. The 23 bus stops right outside.
The topic of this meeting is the Administrative Restructuring of Friends of Carpenter’s Woods. It is important for as many members as possible to attend this critical meeting.
Please mark this date on your calendar and be sure to join our meeting November 13.
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Next FoCW Meeting Wednesday, September 13

The next meeting for Friends of Carpenter’s Woods will be held Wednesday, September 13 at 6:30 PMWe will meet in the Activity Room at the Chestnut Hill Library, 8711 Germantown Ave, 19118.

There is some limited parking in the municipal lot behind the Library, which may be accessed from Bethlehem Pike.

Buses and both Chestnut Hill trains have stops within several blocks of the Library.

Entrances to the Library are on Germantown Ave and a side entrance accessed from a path along the side of the Library connecting to the parking lot.

View the agenda (PDF).

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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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