The Friends of the Wissahickon (FOW) is partnering with REI Conshohocken and Philadelphia Parks & Recreation (PPR) for a Planting Day at Cresheim Creek on Sunday, Oct. 28, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Volunteers will plant native plants along a portion of Cresheim Creek near the Telner/St. Martin’s Bridge that was recently restored through a joint effort by the Philadelphia Water Department and PPR.

The original stone bridge at the site was destroyed by storms in 2004. PWD built a new bridge in 2011 and planted native shrubs and plants on the banks of Cresheim Creek. Necessary repairs to the bridge earlier this year resulted in a loss of vegetation at the site that volunteers will replace during the Planting Day with natives donated by PPR.

To register, contact Dan Mercer at Volunteers should wear clothes suitable for outdoor work and sturdy boots. The terrain at the site is mildly steep, but easy to traverse with proper shoes. FOW will provide tools, gloves, water, coffee, and a light snack. Volunteers will be given a brief description of the project and a lesson on proper planting technique before being organized into work groups.

Directions: Meet at the Telner/St. Martin’s Bridge across Cresheim Creek. Parking is available along the access road located at the end of St. Martin’s Lane. Follow the access road downhill to the project site. Link to map showing work location at

Cancellation: Workdays are cancelled in the event of steady rain, extreme high temperatures or thunderstorms. Visit FOW’s Facebook page or website for updates: