The Friends of High School Park¬† (FHSP)¬† is a non-profit volunteer organization whose mission is to create, manage, and preserve a viable 11+ acre native ecosystem within Cheltenham Township’s High School Park for the enjoyment of the community.

We offer the community opportunities to engage and connect with each other and nature through various educational programs, work-service days, and our annual festivals.

Since its creation in 1995, FHSP has transformed this site of the former high school into an award-winning park with 3 distinct ecosystems: the upper meadow, the middle woodland edge, and the lower area stream bank. Wander through the winding upper meadow paths, and discover the demonstration gardens, a working rain garden, and a raised walkway and bird observation deck. Then, meander through the middle woodland area and down onto the stream banks of the Tookany Creek.

A slideshow of our Annual Report from our January, 2021 meeting is here:

The Park

Located on the corner of Montgomery Ave and High School Rd in Elkins Park, this green space is just a short walk from the train station, and offers a place to relax, unwind, or take a leisurely walk with your dogs or family members. It is devoted to restoring the native plant communities once found here. FHSP has worked hard to enhance the native ecology of the park. Additionally, the park serves as a valuable educational resource to local schools and a gathering point for the community.

For more information on High School Park, check out the page on Our History.


Our Relationship with Cheltenham Township

The restoration and stewardship of High School Park is done in cooperation with Cheltenham Township. Township officials and staff have been supportive of our native plant restoration efforts and have worked with FHSP to acquire state and county funding for some of our endeavors, including the development of the restoration plan. Township workers are responsible for such maintenance tasks at the park as mowing, delivering woodchips, and picking up the trash. But by mobilizing the community, FHSP provides much of the direction, funding, and people power needed to make High School Park a unique natural refuge in Cheltenham Township.

Join Us!

FHSP depends on its members and volunteers to support the restoration and stewardship of High School Park. Become a member and receive e-mails and newsletters about the park and our programs. Find out more about volunteering at the park. For membership information contact us at 215-782-8082. For general inquiries, contact For volunteer information e-mail


The Friends of High School is exempt from federal income taxes under Section 501(C)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation by visiting our donations page today to help support the work we do.