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The Wissahickon in December with Andi Wingert, Debbie Hoellein and Jim McClory

December 27, 2022 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Meet at Houston Playground (Graykn and Sequoia Streets)

In December, the Wissahickon comes alive as new vistas appear. Join Andi, Debbie, and Jim as we spot birds that are only visiting for the winter. One of these is the white-throated sparrow which hunts noisily in the undergrowth for seeds. With a little luck, we’ll hear its hauntingly beautiful call. We’ll hear the rustling of the beech leaves in a barely noticeable breeze. We will see what plants survive over the winter, and learn how Houston Meadow was transformed from a field of overgrown invasives to the beauty it is today.

Children 12 years and older are welcome when accompanied by an adult, but please no dogs other than service animals.

Distance: 3-3.5 miles

Level: Difficult (some rocky descents and ascents)

Registration is required for all hikes so that participants can be informed of weather or other emergency cancellations. We ask all event attendees to bring a mask and mask up if a distance of six feet cannot be maintained during the activity. If you or anyone in your household are exhibiting COVID-19 systems, please stay home. More information is at

Unless otherwise specified, Trail Ambassador Walks may be on rocky, rugged trails that may be wet and slippery. Wear sturdy shoes or boots with socks. Walks are cancelled in heavy rain. Service animals are always welcome. For more information contact Christina Bassler at Visit for updates.


December 27, 2022
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Houston Playground
900 Grakyn Lane
Philadelphia, PA 19128 United States
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