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Fairmount Park Conservancy’s corporate stewardship program offers unique, hands-on outdoor volunteer opportunities for corporate groups in Philadelphia’s world renowned park system. Our workdays are custom designed around your team’s interests, needs, and schedule and led by our team of professional volunteer coordinators. We guarantee your team’s experience with us will be rewarding, engaging, and memorable.
The 350-acre FDR Park in South Philadelphia was designed by renowned landscape architects the Olmsted Brothers and first opened in 1921. The city’s only remaining in-tact estuary habitat, FDR Park was once a vast marsh connecting the Schuylkill and Delaware Rivers. Today, the park contains several lakes and waterways that drain into the Schuylkill River, several athletic fields and tennis courts, picnic areas, and historic structures. Fairmount Park Conservancy recently released a 30-year master plan for FDR Park that calls for $250 million of investment in the park’s ecological core and recreational amenities over the next ten years. Please click here for more information.
Our task for the day will be caring for the stand of linden trees that shade the park entrance at Broad Street and Pattison Avenue. Trees in landscape settings like parks need to be mulched at least once a year. Mulch provides trees with vital nutrients, regulates water intake, and protects trees from lawnmowers and weedwhackers, which often damage bark and introduce vectors for disease and decay. Mulching trees also adds visual appeal, making trees appear neat and cared for.
Volunteers will start by removing any trash and litter in the area and pruning off water sprouts, which are small bushy branches that grow from the base of some trees. We will then edge each tree, creating a clearly defined line around each “pit.” Finally, volunteers will apply mulch rings to approximately 20 mature trees, spreading 3' wide rings that are 3" deep and 3" away from the trunk. Some volunteers will load mulch into wheelbarrows while others will dump and rake it into place around each tree. Check out TreePhilly's guide to proper tree mulching for a great illustration!
Volunteers will use the following tools to complete these tasks: trash grabbers, hand pruners, flat shovels, wheelbarrows, pointed shovels, and hard rakes.
Timeline for the Event
9:00 am Meet at parking lot near the "Olmsted Overlook"; Registration and sign-in
9:15 am Welcome Remarks, Project & Safety Overview
9:30 am Work
12:00 pm Call to Stop Work & Gather Tools
12:15 pm Closing Remarks
12:30 pm Event ends
Frequently Asked Questions
What should I wear?
Sturdy, closed-toe shoes like boots or sneakers (no ballet flats, flip flops, or sandals) are required. We also recommend wearing long pants that cover your ankles. In general, please wear comfortable clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty. Volunteers are also required to wear gloves while working. Gloves will be provided, but you are also welcome to bring your own. You may also want to consider wearing a hat or sunglasses.
Will there be water on site?
Please bring a reusable water bottle; we will have water jugs available to refill your bottles.
Is there a place to keep my personal belongings?
There is not a locked or enclosed area for personal belongings. We recommend leaving personal items locked in your vehicle.
Should I bring anything else?
All tools and materials will be provided, including work gloves. We ask all participants to bring their own reusable water bottle. In addition, please consider bringing a snack, sunblock, a hat – anything you will want or need in order to feel comfortable working outdoors for a few hours. If you have allergies (including to bees), please remember to bring your medications or EpiPen. We will supply water, a small selection of healthy snacks, and first aid basics at the registration desk.
Are there bathrooms on site?
There are restrooms near the project site.
Work at a moderate pace. If you have any questions, no matter how big or small, please stop and ask the volunteer leaders before proceeding with the task. Enjoy the park. Enjoy your teammates. After the event, help us spread the word about the mission of Fairmount Park Conservancy.
-This event is for Wodify employees only.
-All volunteers are required to sign a waiver and release when registering for this event.
-Volunteers must wear sturdy, closed-toe shoes like boots or sneakers.
-Volunteers must wear gloves while working.
-We strongly recommend wearing long pants that cover your ankles.
|Perks||All participants may receive a complimentary membership to the Fairmount Park Conservancy which includes discounts at partners institutions, invitations to member events, and other benefits.|
|Parking Details||Parking is available in the lot near the "Olmsted Overlook" just past the playground.|
28 Positions Filled | 29 Impacts | 101 Hours