Embrace the chill with these winter outdoor activities:  

  • Enjoy the peaceful sounds of a winter forest. 
  • Sit around a campfire and roast s’mores.
  • Greet a new day with a hike at sunrise. 
  • Bundle up and help spot birds at the Christmas Bird Count. 
  • Look for wildlife in the Wissahickon.  

 Check out the details for these events below. And be sure to check out our events calendar for the full roster of fun! 



Borderlands Walk along the Cresheim Creek

December 2, 2022
9 a.m. to noon
Meet at St. Martins Lane at the intersection of Huron Street, 19118.

Visit the magical French village. See iconic mid-century modern houses, the remains of old mills, and a barn. There is a creek and a busy road crossing on this walk. Read more on FOW’s website.  

Big Rocks and Big Trees Part 2 

December 3, 2022
9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Meet at Mt. Airy Avenue Trailhead, 19119.  

Hike along the high ridge of the White Trail to Climbers Rock. After that, walk down the Orange Trail. Enjoy great views of the creek and see two of the largest rock exposures in the Wissahickon. Learn more.  

Fuzzy Buddies  

December 3, 2022
8 a.m. to noon
Wissahickon Environmental Center – 300 W. Northwestern Avenue, 19118. 

This is a celebration of the Wissahickon’s mammals. Storytime will begin at 10 a.m. Afterward, attendees can enjoy a mammal artifact show-and-tell presentation. Then participants will go on a walk to look for mammals and their tracks to make casts. Register for this free event.  

Free Hot Cocoa Walk – Birds of Winter  

December 3, 2022
1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Pennypack on the Delaware – 7801 State Road, 19136. 

Through our partnership with Riverfront North we are offering a way to get outdoors and explore nature. Drink hot cocoa and stroll along the river. Come learn about the “Birds of Winter.” Register now.   

Cobbs Creek Community Water Testing Program 

December 3, 2022
10 a.m.
Cobbs Creek Environmental Center – 700 Cobbs Creek Parkway, 19143 

On the First Saturday of every month, the environmental center collects water samples from Cobbs Creek. Then it conducts a series of water quality tests and records the data. Be a community scientist and help us collect samples. Register for this free event.   

After Autumn Walk in Andorra

December 5, 2022
2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Forbidden Drive and Northwestern Avenue – Meet at Kiosk.  

Walk through Andorra’s forest, meadow, and hillside trails. Register now.

Full Moon Hike   

December 7, 2022
5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Pennypack Environmental Center – 8600 Verree Road, 19115 

Enjoy an evening hike during the full moon. Register by calling 215-685-0470. 

Free Family Game and Campfire Nights 

December 9, 2022
6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Wissahickon Environmental Center – 300 W. Northwestern Avenue, 19118 

The Tree House will have tables set up inside with some games and a campfire blazing outside. Families are encouraged to bring games and activities, as well as fixings for s’mores and other food to cook on the fire. Read more.  

Run with Me 

December 10, 2022
6 a.m. to 7 a.m.
RSVP for location.   

Join your neighbors for free, fun, and rejuvenating runs on the paved Tacony Creek Park Trail, part of the Circuit Trails Network. Run or ride your bike on the trail. Call 215-744-1853 for location. Read more on Run with Me – TTF Watershed.  

Walk and Talk at FDR 

December 10, 2022
9:30 a.m. to 11:30 am.
FDR Park Boathouse Row – 1500 Pattison Avenue, 19145 

Exciting changes are coming to FDR park. Learn about FDR Park’s plan two main zones – the Ecological Core and Urban Edge will balance nature, water, and human activity. Register now.    

Intro to Winter Birding 

December 10, 2022
8 a.m., 10 a.m., and 1 p.m.
The Discovery Center – 3401 Reservoir Drive, 19121

The Discovery Center serves as a major stopover location for more than 200 species of birds. The center’s waterways come to life in the winter as ducks from further north come south looking for open water. Learn how to spot these amazing birds at this workshop. Read more on their website. 

 Kid-friendly Hike with Marv Schwartz 

December 11, 2022
10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Meet at Valley Green Inn – 7 Valley Green Road, 19128.  

Come travel downstream along Forbidden Drive. Listen to stories of history, geology and wildlife of the Wissahickon. Read more on FOW’s website.  

Morning on the Meadows  

December 11, 2022
7 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Houston Playground – 900 Grakyn Lane, 19128 

Start the day right with a sunrise hike. Enjoy a morning loop hike through Houston Meadows and other Wissahickon trails. Buy tickets.  

Plant Walk with Dick Cloud 

December 11, 2022
1 p.m. to 3 p.m. John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum – 8601 Lindbergh Blvd., 19153. 

Join one of our knowledgeable volunteer walk leaders for a plant walk. Learn more.  

Silent Sunset Cruise with Amy Yuter and Kate Charles 

December 17, 2022
3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Meet at Houston Playground – 900 Grakyn Lane, 19128 

Enjoy a mindful and silent, moderate paced saunter as the sunsets on the trails. Learn more details on FOW’s website. 

Winter Waterfowl Exportation and Art

December 31, 2022
2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum – 8601 Lindbergh Blvd., 19153. 

Get inspired on a family-friendly waterfowl walk. Then head inside to the Visitor Center for an art activity. Check their website for details. 




Free Field Trip to Independence Seaport Museum  

December 18, 2022
1:30 p.m. meet at Learning Trail
Ferko Playground – 1101 E. Cayuga Street, 19124 

Get your hands wet as you explore the importance of keeping our waterways clean. Learn what you can do to be a river hero through a fun, interactive exhibit. Call 215-744-1853 to register for this free field trip. Register now.  

Adult Art Club 

December 6, 13 and 20, 2022
6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Seymour Tarken Recreation Center, 6250 Frontenac Street, 19111 

Practice and discuss painting and drawing. Come learn how to draw still life, portraits, abstract art and illustrations. No experience necessary. Register by calling 215-685-1226.