Hot Spot

Wissahickon Valley Park | July 22-26, 2021

Philadelphia, PA

Located in northwest Philadelphia, Wissahickon Park provides a quick escape from the city for visitors.  Dense forest, steep and rocky slopes, and ~50 miles of trails allow visitors from near and far to walk, run, bike, ride horseback, among other activities all within the city limits.  Its wild nature attracts roughly 1 million visitors a year, which has put a lot of strain on it and resulted in considerable impacts.  High concentrations of visitors have led to visitor conflicts, pet waste issues, and excessive litter, among a multitude of other impacts. For the Hot Spot activation, the Subaru/Leave No Trace Team will be at Wissahickon Valley Park leading a variety of workshops, outreach programs and community events, including opportunities for community involvement.

*Wissahickon Valley Park is located on the ancestral lands of the Lənape Haki-nk (Lenni-Lenape) and possibly other tribes*

Opportunities to Get Involved

Friday July 23rd

9:00 AM – 12:00 PM: Wissahickon History Hike with Brad Maule

Join Friends of Wissahickon (FOW) for a hike through the Cresheim Valley and the Wissahickon’s industrial past. Learn more and register here

7:00 PM – 8:00 PM: Leave No Trace Quizzo & Opening Ceremony of the Trash Smash World Championship

Kick off the Leave No Trace Hot Spot with Quizzo – and the opening ceremonies for the FOW Trash Smash World Championship! Bring your friends and brush up on your knowledge of Leave No Trace principles (and Wissahickon-related trivia) to win – and if you’re feeling like a cleanup competition, sign up your team for Trash Smash before the evening begins. Register for the event here.

Saturday July 24th

9:00 AM – 12:00 PM: Leave No Trace Hot Spot Service Day

Join the Subaru/Leave No Trace Team for a day of service. The Hot Spot volunteer cleanup will cover the Valley Green area, including Valley Green Parking Lots, Devil’s Pool, and Magargee Dam. Register for the service day here.

10:30 AM – 12:30 PM: Kids Events with Let’s Go Outdoors

Our partners at Let’s Go Outdoors will be leading events for kids and families! Enjoy exciting outdoor activities and explore new places in the park.

12:00 PM – 3:00 PM: After-Cleanup Celebrations!

Compete in the weirdest piece of trash stakes, guess the weight of trash we removed in the service day, and play more traditional outdoor games at the Valley Green Inn.

Sunday July 25th

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM: Workshop for the Public: Community Building and Leave No Trace Practices

Join FOW, Philadelphia Parks & Recreation, neighborhood partners, and community leaders for a workshop on building community around caring for Wissahickon Valley Park, facilitated by Leave No Trace. The workshop is open to all. Register for the event here.

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