Exhibitors and Activities

EarthFest Main Stage

In addition to our more than 85 exhibitors, there is plenty to see and do at the EarthFest Main Stage! Main Stage programs begin promptly at 9:45 a.m., so plan accordingly!

EarthFest 2017 Main Stage Schedule

9:45 a.m.  Welcome

Vicki Lewis McGarvey, Vice Provost, University College

David Boardman, Dean and Professor, Klein College of Media and Communication

Cecil Rodrigues, Acting Regional Administrator, U.S. EPA, Mid-Atlantic Region

Melissa Magee, Action News Meteorologist, 6-ABC, Main Stage Host

10:00 a.m.  Center for Aquatic Sciences at Adventure Aquarium

10:35 a.m.  Philadelphia Insectarium and Butterfly Pavilion

11:10 a.m.   The Franklin Institute

11:35 a.m.  Barn Nature Center

12:15 p.m. Elmwood Park Zoo

12:50 p.m.  Academy of Natural Sciences

Sponsors for 2017 are:

Air Quality Partnership - Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission, Dow Chemical Company, Ellis A. Gimble Trust, Green Mountain Energy, Janet and Lew Klein (in memory of Jeff Featherstone), PECO Energy, American Planning Association, Pennsylvania Chapter, Schiel Family Foundation, Southwest Belmont Community Association, Inc.Temple University Ambler, Township of Upper Dublin, and Gold Medal Environmental.

Media Partner - 2017:

6-ABC

Host/Emcee - 2017:

Melissa Magee, Action News Meterologist, 6-ABC


Exhibitors at EarthFest

View an Earthfest 2017 Event Map

Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
We all depend on healthy waterways. Live animals at the Academy's exhibit booth will help tell the story of how we are all connected to the water. The Academy's EarthFest Main Stage program will also explore what environmental factors can lead to fossilization. The Academy of Natural Sciences, was founded in Philadelphia in 1812 “for the encouragement and cultivation of the sciences, and the advancement of useful learning.” Today, the Academy is the nation’s oldest natural history museum.

American Planning Association, Pennsylvania Chapter
The American Planning Association, Pennsylvania Chapter's exhibit will provide an interactive planning exercise for students that will teach them about land use and transportation planning and its relationship to the environment and sustainability. The American Planning Association, Pennsylvania Chapter is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization for professional planners and planning officials, as well as other organizations and individuals interested in planning. Approximately 1,300 members strong, PPA works to promote planning at all levels of the Commonwealth through workshops, meetings, an annual conference, legislative monitoring, and public awareness efforts. PPA members participate with various groups with shared values and goals.

American Red Cross
Since its founding in 1881 by visionary leader Clara Barton, the American Red Cross has been the nation's premier emergency response organization. As part of a worldwide movement that offers neutral humanitarian care to the victims of war, the American Red Cross distinguishes itself by also aiding victims of devastating natural disasters. Over the years, the organization has expanded its services, always with the aim of preventing and relieving suffering. Today, in addition to domestic disaster relief, the American Red Cross offers compassionate services in five other areas: community services that help the needy; support and comfort for military members and their families; the collection, processing and distribution of lifesaving blood and blood products; educational programs that promote health and safety; and international relief and development programs.

Barn Nature Center
The Barn Nature Center will share important information about animal conservation and bring along a few animals to share with visitors. The Barn Nature Center offers programs for Bucks County and the surrounding communities. The Nature Center offers a setting where children can learn about, pet, play with and interact with a wide variety of animals, including reptiles, birds, amphibians, mammals, fish and bugs!

Center for Aquatic Sciences at Adventure Aquarium
The Center for Aquatic Sciences' mission is education and youth development through promoting the understanding, appreciation and protection of aquatic life and habitats. In performing this mission, the Center strives to be a responsible member of the community, assisting in its economic and social redevelopment by providing opportunities for education, enrichment and employment. At EarthFest, the Center invites visitors to become a hands-on "beach detective, investigating different animal artifacts that can be found on the beach! On the EarthFest Main Stage, the Center will share important information about local animal conservation, which will include a visit from a pine snake, owl, horseshoe crab and diamondback terrapin!

Clean Air Council
The Clean Air Council protects our right to breath clean air, offering information about sustainable commuting, energy efficiency and paths to contacting your representatives
about pollution concerns. The Clean Air Council is a member-supported, nonprofit environmental organization dedicated to protecting everyone's right to breathe clean air. The Council works through public education, community advocacy, and government oversight to ensure enforcement of environmental laws.

Delaware River Basin Commission
The DRBC will be bring an Enviroscape watershed model to show attendees how litter and other pollution affects waterways. A breakthrough in water resources management occurred in 1961 when President Kennedy and the governors of Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and New York for the first time signed concurrent compact legislation into law creating a regional body with the force of law to oversee a unified approach to managing a river system without regard to political boundaries. The members of this regional body - the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) - include the four basin state governors and the Division Engineer, North Atlantic Division, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, who serves as the federal representative. Commission programs include water quality protection, water supply allocation, regulatory review (permitting), water conservation initiatives, watershed planning, drought management, flood loss reduction, and recreation.

Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission - Air Quality Partners
The Air Quality Partnership, a program of the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC), has the distinction of having participated in all 14 EarthFest celebrations at Temple University Ambler as an exhibitor and sponsor. Serving the Greater Philadelphia, Camden, Trenton, Chester area for more than 40 years, the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) is an interstate, intercounty and intercity agency that provides continuing, comprehensive, and coordinated planning to shape a vision for the future growth of the Delaware Valley region.

Department of Conservation and Natural Resources - Fort Washington State Park 
DCNR’s mission is to conserve and sustain Pennsylvania’s natural resources for present and future generations’ enjoyment. Their exhibit will include pictures, maps and information about PA state parks. Rangers from Fort Washington State Park will also be on hand to talk to answer questions and encourage awareness of (and interest in) the Pennsylvania State Park system, and the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources in general.  We hope that our presence at this event encourages people to visit and value state parks. A local falconer will also be on hand to answer questions about raptors and about the sport of falconry.

Elmwood Park Zoo
The Elmwood Park Zoo will teach positive environmental stewardship and provide information to visitors through an EarthFest Main Stage experience and their exhibit booth. The Elmwood Park Zoo was founded in 1924. In 1985, the Norristown Zoological Society became an official non-profit organization, and assumed control of Elmwood Park Zoo from the Borough of Norristown. Today, Elmwood Park Zoo welcomes over 130,000 visitors annually for an educational adventure in a fun, clean, and family-oriented environment.

Evergreen Lane Farm
Evergreen Lane Farm will be showcasing their Aquaponic Growing System and demonstrating how to grow aquaponically. Aquaponics combines aquaculture (raising fish in a contained environment) and hydroponics (growing in a soil-less, recirculating water system). A variety of crops, from specialty salad greens to tomatoes, can be grown. In an aquaponic system, crops are noted to grow two to three times faster than in traditional soil environments.

FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency)
At EarthFest, FEMA will have activities for students young and old focused on identifying flood risk and making better decisions on how to reduce it. FEMA's exhibit will allow participants to play the Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM)’s FloodManager game and try their hand at managing a community’s flood risk. FloodManager is a scenario-based simulation game, like SimCity or Oregon Trail, developed to teach fundamental floodplain management principles to groups of local development decision makers, resulting in a deeper understanding of the impacts of their decisions on the economic vitality of their community and fostering increased resilience against flooding disasters. For younger visitors, FEMA will have a tabletop model of a floodplain where participants can create their own development and see what the effects are when the river floods. Changing the location of structures, encroachment in the floodway and filling the flood fringe will all have very different results in how and where flooding occurs.

The Franklin Institute
Franklin Institute Traveling Science Shows are designed to involve students in discovering new aspects of science. All generate an infectious enthusiasm that spillsover into the classroom! On the EarthFest Main Stage, the Franklin Institute will present "The Weather Show: How to Build a Storm." Lightning, twisters and hail—oh my! This dynamic show reveals the science of weather—to the extreme. Where does our weather come from, and what factors make it a sunny day or a blustery one? The Institute wiull make a cloud, explore thunder and lightning, and even create snow. They promise a stormy ending to this show as we demonstrate the power of a tornado. At EarthFest 2017, the Franklin Institute will also present the Electricity Tabletop Exploration. Let their Traveling Scientist be your guide through electrifying experiments! This interactive display includes favorites such as the Van de Graaff generator, plasma ball, jumping rings and energy bike.

Green Mountain Energy
Event sponsor Green Mountain Energy is America's oldest and largest renewable energy electric generation supplier. Through choosing their organization to provide renewable electricity, Americans have avoided over 54,067,000,000 pounds of carbon dioxide! Green Mountain will inform individuals about how much impact their houses have on the environment, and explain how using renewable energy can make a positive impact.

Inspire
Inspire provides homeowners with access to clean power that is good for your home and the environment. Inspire, based in Philadelphia, connects Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, Massachusetts and Ohio to 100-percent wind power.

John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum
America's first urban refuge was established in 1972 for the purpose of preserving, restoring, and developing the natural area known as Tinicum Marsh and promoting environmental education. At EarthFest, the refuge will provide interactive games and brief lessons about the wildlife and habitat at the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum and additional information about the importance of this natural resource in the Philadelphia community.

John James Audubon Center at Mill Grove
The John James Audubon Center will be discussing Bird Friendly Communities and their native plant campaign. There will be hands-on activities and artifacts, information, seed balls and more! The mission of the John James Audubon Center at Mill Grove is to educate and inspire people to cherish and protect the natural world, by preserving Audubon’s artistic, scientific and historic legacy and celebrating the conservation movement he inspired while serving the mission of the National Audubon Society, “to conserve and restore natural ecosystems, focusing on birds, other wildlife, and their habitats for the benefit of humanity and the earth’s biological diversity.”

MidAtlantic Waterproofing
For over 50 years, Mid-Atlantic Waterproofing has been repairing foundations and drying out basements from Connecticut to Virginia. At EarthFest, MidAtlantic Waterproofing will talk to visitors about problems with their basements and offer free inspections it they are having problems.

Montgomery County Health Department
The Montgomery County Health Department will present information on the Department's water quality management programs and water pollution prevention. This interactive display will educate visitors about water pollution, water contaminants, and water conservation practices, including environmental health information related to on-lot well water and sewage disposal systems.

Montgomery County Parks, Trails and Historic Sites
Through hands-on activities, Montgomery County Parks and Heritage Services will encourage children to describe how a given object might be used to reduce our demand on the Earth's resources. The answer to each object is open to interpretation by the students - the object of the activities is to come up with as many ideas as possible.

Peace Corps
The Peace Corps will present information about their environmental and agricultural work taking place in countries around the world. Returned volunteers will be on hand to speak about their service and how Peace Corps is working with communities to improve environmental education, natural resource preservation, water access and sanitation, nutritional agriculture and agribusiness development.

PECO
PECO puts its energy into helping their customers save money. PECO Smart Ideas – a full suite of energy saving programs is designed to help keep more of your hard-earned dollars where they belong … in your wallet. The PECO Smart Ideas team will be on hand with a lighting demonstration and information on energy efficient home appliance and equipment rebates and tips for reducing your home's overall energy consumption. EarthFest 2017 sponsor PECO is doing more than just providing energy, they're working to make a difference in our communities. PECO understands that being a business leader involves more than being a reliable provider of energy services. It also means being an important part of the communities it serves and working to sustain our environment.

Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection will be on hand with examples of "good" and "bad" bugs. Specialists from the Clean Water and Environmental Cleanups programs will be on hand to talk about protecting the environmental, working for PA DEP and showing examples of from their work. The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection is the state agency largely responsible for administering Pennsylvania's environmental laws and regulations. Its responsibilities include: reducing air pollution; making sure our drinking water is safe; protecting water quality in our rivers and streams; making sure waste is handled properly; supporting community renewal and revitalization; promoting advanced energy technology; and helping citizens prevent pollution and comply with the Commonwealth's environmental regulations. DEP is committed to general environmental education and encouraging effective public involvement in setting environmental policy.

Pennsylvania Horticultural Society
The Junior Flower Show is heading on the road! Learn about how you can bring the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society's Junior Flower Show program to your school. Also learn about the Plant One Million project, led by the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS), Philadelphia Parks & Recreation, the TreeVitalize program of the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, the New Jersey Tree Foundation, and the Delaware Center for Horticulture.

Pennypack Farm and Education Center
The Pennypack Farm and Education Center will share information about how sustainable agriculture affects you. Learn about vegetables and composting with Pennypack Farm. Guided by their mission and core values, Pennypack Farm works with children, families, community groups, and environmental and educational institutions to encourage awareness and the creation of sustainable local food systems by offering educational programs and a community supported agriculture demonstration project. Pennypack Farm's mission is to make local sustainable agriculture an important part of our communities through farming, education, and community events.

Philadelphia Insectarium and Butterfly Pavilion
Come see and learn about some of the most amazing animals on Earth! Animals? Yes, insects are animals too. They and their fellow arthropods all play a very important role in balancing our planet. The Insectarium is the country's largest exhibited all arthropod museum. The collections are from all over the world! The Insectarium's extensive live collection demonstrates natural habitats of many unusual insects, trantuals, scorpions and crustaceans.

Plant Ambler
Plant Ambler will provide information about community beautification programs in addition to holding a "mini-essay" contact about flowers and volunteering. Plant Ambler is a community beautification effort staffed entirely by volunteers and supported by donations. Volunteers have been providing displays such as spring pansies, fall mums and winter greens throughout the borough since 1973. The staff experts are always willing to share knowledge about gardening with the “green” newcomers.

ProRanger Philadelphia - National Park Service
The northeast regional office of the U.S. National Park Service will provide information about its "ProRanger" program, a partnership between the National Park Service and the Temple University Criminal Justice Training Program, which is located at the Ambler Campus. The NPS will also provide information about youth employment opportunities, volunteer opportunities at area parks, and displays about protecting natural resources. Learn how you can become involved in the conservation of fragile resources in your national parks. NPS will also share information about national park system units around the country and their water resources.

Sea Shepherd Conservation Society
Established in 1977, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society (SSCS) is an international non-profit, marine wildlife conservation organization. Sea Shepherd's mission is to end the destruction of habitat and slaughter of wildlife in the world's oceans in order to conserve and protect ecosystems and species. Sea Shepherd uses innovative direct-action tactics to investigate, document, and take action when necessary to expose and confront illegal activities on the high seas. By safeguarding the biodiversity of our delicately balanced ocean ecosystems, Sea Shepherd works to ensure their survival for future generations. The organization will have onshore volunteers onhand to answer questions and provide outreach educational materials.

Silver Lake Nature Center
The Silver Lake Nature Center inspires connections with nature for people of all ages, interests and abilities through education, recreation, preservation, research and advocacy. Silver Lake's exhibit will focus on animals local to Pennsylvania. They will display the furs and skulls of various mammals and raptors in addition to bringing a few live animal friends!

Upper Dublin Township
Event sponsor Upper Dublin Township will provide educational information on the sustainable yard waste program, the proper disposal of hazardous and electronic materials and the township's stormwater management program. Upper Dublin will also display the township's large "tub grinder" truck, which is used for land-clearing and wood recycling operations.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is busier than ever planning and carrying out the essential task of beach replenishment all along the coast. Beach replenishment, however, is not as simple just adding sand back to the storm ravaged beaches. Engineers design a template to afford the maximum amount of protection for coastal property. Biologists study the ocean floor to discover where best — and where best not — to extract sand for the replenishment. Using special cameras, mounted on sleds that are towed along the bottom, the biologists look for suitable ‘borrow’ areas, spots that will provide sand of the right texture to match what’s on the beach.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Mid-Atlantic Region
If you happen to notice not just one but several U.S. EPA exhibitors at EarthFest 2017, you’re not imagining things. Four divisions of the U.S. EPA office for the Mid-Atlantic Region have joined together to present a variety of important information and experiences. EPA divisions from the Mid-Atlantic Region that will be participating in EarthFest year include Water Protection, Land and Chemicals, Environmental Assessment and Innovation and Hazardous Site Cleanup, who is presenting special tours of a more than 35-foot-long EPA Emergency Mobile Command Vehicle.

Veteran Community Farms
Veteran Community Farms is a non-profit organization dedicated to assisting in the reintegration of veterans into civilian careers by acquiring the skills needed to operate sustainable agriculture through aquaponics farming. The organization provides a theraputic environment utilizing aquaponics farming to returning veterans in a peer-supported environment. In addition, after veterans participate in a training program, employment opportunities are made available to provide naturally grown produce to local restaurants and markets.

Wissahickon Valley Watershed Association
The founding of the Wissahickon Watershed Association in 1957 grew out of the collective concern of area residents whose goal was to protect the land in the Watershed from the devastating effects of floods from the Wissahickon Creek. They recognized the inseparable link of land and water and adopted the protection of these natural resources as the organization’s key mission. Today, there are nearly 1,300 acres of protected land and 21 miles of natural wooded trails available to the public for year-round enjoyment. The Green Ribbon Trail begins near the headwaters in North Wales and meanders along the Wissahickon connecting with Fairmount Park's Forbidden Drive, until it reaches the confluence of the Creek with the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia.

Wyncote Audubon Society
The Wyncote Audubon Society will share information about Important Bird Areas, or IBAs, sites that provide essential habitat for one or more species of bird. IBAs include sites for breeding, wintering, and/or migrating birds. IBAs may include public or private lands, or both, and they may be protected or unprotected. The Wyncote Audubon Chapter’s efforts integrate: bird monitoring; engagement of individuals, families and communities in Bird Friendly Communities outreach; education of young people in their Audubon Adventures Clubs with IBA visits, and teaching others about the importance of birds through field trips to the IBA. The Wyncote Audubon Society is one of the oldest nature oriented clubs in North America. Founded in 1914 as the Wyncote Bird Club, the organization became a chapter of the National Audubon Society in 1970.

Temple University Exhibitors at EarthFest

Ambler Campus Contemplative Meditation Club
The mission of this new Ambler Campus organization is to create a space that encourages members to learn, share and explore various forms of meditation. CMC provides a supportive environment in which to develop meditative practices and experience the many benefits that meditation has to offer.

Department of Architecture
The Department of Architecture, part of the Division of Architecture and Environmental Design in the Tyler School of Art, focuses on design in the contexts of culture, technology and stewardship of the built and natural environment with undergraduate degrees in Architecture, Architectural Preservation, and Facilities Management and a professional Master of Architecture degree. Its programs stress critical inquiry and innovation as part of the creative process, teaching students how to intervene in the physical world through carefully considered acts of making. The Department engages the city, exploring and addressing the ethical and social dimensions of architecture and the built environment.

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Temple Engineering's Civil and Environmental Engineering Department offers knowledge to build and design within the natural world around them. The department's exhibit will consist of an earthquake shake table with small balsa-wood model structure, posters related to seismic hazards in the eastern United States, and instrumentation to measure ambient vibrations. This exhibit will promote awareness of earthquakes and its effects on the natural and built environment as well as the ways that civil engineers design earthquake-resilient infrastructure.

Department of Landscape Architecture and Horticulture
The focus of the Department of Landscape Architecture and Horticulture's Design-Build Studios is to provide students the opportunity to build and implement elements of their own design. Students prepare the necessary construction documentation and then actually construct their designs. Working with construction materials enables students to learn the opportunities and limitations of these materials. This "hands-on" approach is vital to understanding the relationship between design and implementation processes.

Department of Planning and Community Development
The Department of Planning and Community Development will showcase selected student projects and provide information about the program and courses focusing on sustainability and environmental issues in addition to offering interactive games for students.

Landscape Architecture and Horticulture Association
The Landscape Architecture and Horticulture Student Association will have an interactive exhibit demonstrating the difference between pervious and impervious surfaces. Teaming up with Pi Alpha Xi, Temple students will also lead visitors in planting their own wildflowers.

Pi Alpha Xi
Pi Alpha Xi is a national honor society for students of Floriculture, Landscape and Ornamental Horticulture.

Temple Planning Student Organization
Planning and Community Development students will offer interactive games for elementary, middle, and high school students, including Geographic Information Systems (GIS) mapping, building a neighborhood, and planning a date using GIS!

Temple University Ambler Aquaponics
Aquaponics is the cultivation of plants and aquatic animals in a self-sustaining, symbiotic environment. Students and staff have created a fully developed aquaponics garden, which has taken root in the underutilized lower level of West Hall. While traditional commercial aquaponics gardens focus on harvesting both plants and fish, the Ambler aquaponics lab is focused entirely on research, exploring different types of aquaponics set-ups and finding the best balance between fish, plants and nutrients. The lab is fully accredited by the AAALAC (Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care).

Temple University Athletics
Temple Athletics promotes a healthy lifestyle for children by encouraging participation in sports and other outdoor activities through the Owlsports summer camps.

Temple University Center for Obesity Research and Education (CORE)
CORE will promote healthy eating through local produce. Their exhibit will highlight the sugar content in packaged foods. Children will be asked to rank foods based on how much sugar they think each food contains. By buying foods produced locally, you are supporting sustainable producers and promoting farming practices that do not endanger public health. These foods are naturally low in sugar and help reduce diabetes and obesity in children.

Temple University Computer Recycling Center
Temple will provide information on its Computer Recycling Program, which involves recycling computer parts to promote a healthier environment.

Temple University Infant and Child Laboratory
The Temple University Infant and Child Laboratory will provide an alternative uses task, which spans both a theme of the lab (creativity) and helps children think about how they could recycle and reuse materials rather than throw them away. The lab will have a variety of objects such as shoeboxes, bottles, cans, toilet paper rolls etc. and ask children to think up ways that they could reuse these rather than throwing them away. The Temple University Infant Lab, located at the Ambler Campus, invites parents and their children to help shape the future by participating in research at the frontiers of science. The Lab is directed by nationally recognized child development authorities and professors Dr. Kathy Hirsh-Pasek and Dr. Nora Newcombe. Faculty and staff provide fun-filled activities for infants and toddlers who become part of cutting-edge discoveries. Parents learn more about children's first words and ability to create mental maps. In the lab, infants and toddlers teach scientists new ways to optimize education and advance learning.

Temple University Office of Sustainability
Are you ready for the Recycle Relay? The Office of Sustainability will be separate students into teams and each team will have a bucket full of trash and recyclable items. Each team player will pick an item out of the bucket and throw it into the proper receptacle as fast as they can. The team with the most items properly disposed of wins! As an urban institution that is deeply engaged in the community, Temple University's commitment to sustainability can have a profound impact on the health and quality of life of a large and diverse population within Temple and its surrounding community. The University is positioned to be an important educational resource for teaching sustainability, with its three pillars of environment, economics and social justice. It is committed to demonstrating the value of those principles through its own example and through the activities it sponsors in the community. Temple aims to serve as a model for similar urban institutions and to burnish its national reputation for excellence and commitment to principled policy and action.

Temple University Recycling Department
Learn about recycling and take home valuable information about how you can recycle at home! Since the inception of Temple's Recycling Program in 1989, Temple University has conserved the equivalent of 103,000 trees that would have otherwise been harvested to produce paper from virgin wood pulp!

Temple University Summer Programs
Temple’s Summer Education Camps provide a wonderful opportunity for youths to learn about a specific area of interest including environment and sustainability, experience a college campus and have lots of fun at the same time.  Temple Summer Programs will be offering youth summer camps at Ambler Campus, Main Campus and the Center City Campus.

Tyler School of Art Glass Guild
The Tyler School of Art Glass Guild will be selling different vases and other glass objects. The Guild is constantly recycling the glass they use. The Guild will also bring along hand blown terrariums where the visitors can plant their own seeds or succulents to promote a sustainable environment.

Exhibiting Schools

Central High School
Central High School will fill 15 exhibit spaces with numerous exhibits related to "Can You Trust the Water?" Chemistry students from Central High School are completing a research project on water in light of the Flint water crisis. Since the local river (six miles from school) - the Schuylkill - is a source of much income and many jobs, the quality of the water running into the river is extremely important. Working in teams of four, students are determining the components of surface water that can enhance or hinder water quality. 

East Norriton Middle School
East Norriton Middle School students will build an environmentally friendly city showcasing multiple ways that residents can take action to keep our environment healthy and clean.

Eisenhower Science and Technology Leadership Academy and Stewart Middle School
Eisenhower Science and Technology Leadership Academy and Stewart Middle School will be exhibiting their city of the future that factors in our changing environment and upcoming sustainability needs.

Methacton High School/Methacton Electric Car Club
Members of Methacton High School's Methacton Electric Car Club will have their electric car - The Lorax - on hand in addition to a second mobile education vehicle, talk about how they work, and how they are charged by renewable energy. The Methacton Electric Car Club, based in Montgomery County, was developed as a way of fostering technological understanding in a friendly environment.

Upper Dublin High School 
Student groups from Upper Dublin High School will present a variety of projects at EarthFest 2017 related to the event theme of sustainability and environmental stewardship.

Upper Dublin High School's 2017 exhibits include:

  • A Zero Waste Life

  • What Does Our Trash Tell Us?

  • Decomposition at Home

  • Conserving Water Every Day

  • Back to Me

  • Water in Manufacturing and Agriculture

W.B. Saul High School of Agricultural Sciences
W.B. Saul High School is the largest agricultural farm school in the United States! W.B. High School students will lead visitors in seven environmental, scientific and sustainable projects at EarthFest 2017.

Wordsworth Interact Club - Wordsworth Fort Washington
The Wordsworth Interact Club performs various community service projects, such as planting trees in the Wissahickon Valley Watershed, promoting recycling drives, and assisting area schools in their environmental efforts. At EarthFest, the Interact Club will lead young visitors in planting seeds in recycled plastic containers. Wordsworth Interact Club members help visitors to assemble mini terrariums and plant seeds in them to take home. The mini terrariums, known as "Plastic Planet Savers," are made from precut plastic water bottles.