Community Events in the Ambler Arboretum

Community Events

Join us each month for a series of fun and educational programs designed to explore the world around you! Please note: While most events are free, some require a fee.

For more information about our community events, check back often or contact 267-468-8108 or

Learn more about community events or download a Community Events Brochure.

Coming Up in February 2018

Ambler Arboretum Winter Hike
Saturday, February 24, 9 to 10 a.m., Meet at the Woman’s National Farm and Garden Visitor’s Center
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Trek through the woodland trails of the Ambler Arboretum to discover how to tell one tree from another when their leaves are off and why that skill is important. Participants will also learn about those plants that keep their leaves on all winter, and how they have adapted to deal with the cold, winds and snow. If the weather is right, we may find some animal tracks and learn how to tell who is living at the Arboretum! Information: 267-468-8018 or

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Arboretum Director’s Seasonal Arboretum Walk — Winter
Thursday, March 1, 12:45 to 1:30 p.m., Meet at Bright Hall Circle

Join Ambler Arboretum of Temple University Director Kathy Salisbury for a walk through a portion of the arboretum each season! Whether you join the walk to learn about plants, learn more about the campus or just to get those extra steps in, come along for a gentle ramble through the gardens of the Ambler Arboretum. Each season we will explore a different area. Learn what would be good in your garden and what is great for wildlife. Bring your walking shoes and your questions. Information: or 267-468-8400.

Temple University Ambler at the Philadelphia Flower Show
“Within Reach: Unlocking the Legacy of our Hidden River”
Saturday, March 3 to Sunday, March 11, Pennsylvania Convention Center, 12th and Arch streets

The history of the Philadelphia region is deeply intertwined with the Schuylkill River, a waterway many may not think about beyond driving over it during the hustle and bustle of a city workday. During the industrial age, rivers served a similar purpose to the expressway that bears the Schuylkill’s name — they were the major interstate travel routes of the time. And while the Schuylkill came a little late to the party — the Delaware being Philadelphia’s star waterway while the Schuylkill was essentially hidden from settlers — the Schuylkill Navigation System (or Schuylkill Canal) helped move millions of tons of the resource that fueled the engines of industry, coal. In many respects the Schuylkill River remains as hidden from the city and region today as it did for the early settlers. At the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s 2018 Philadelphia Flower Show, Temple University Ambler landscape architecture and horticulture students are hoping to change that. Drawing deeply from the inspiration of the Flower Show theme — “Wonders of Water” — Temple's exhibit “Within Reach: Unlocking the Legacy of our Hidden River.” The exhibit will explore natural and human-induced effects on the Schuylkill River. Information: or 267-468-8108.

Annual Celebration of Women in Horticulture: Movie Screening and Discussion - The Life and Gardens of BEATRIX FARRAND
Wednesday, March 14, 7 p.m., Learning Center Auditorium
$20 for Arboretum Associates and $30 for non-members (Learn how to become an Arboretum Associate)
Temple University students may attend this event free of charge with a discount code. Contact for the code.
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1.2 Landscape Architecture CEUs from the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) are available. Two Professional Certified Horticulturist CEUs are also available through the Pennsylvania Landscape and Nursery Association. The CEU fee is included in the registration price.
Join six-time Emmy Award-winning filmmaker and Yale Fellow Karyl Evans for a screening of her documentary The Life and Gardens of BEATRIX FARRAND, chronicling the life story and gardens of the most successful female landscape architect in early 20th Century America and one of the founders of the American Society of Landscape Architects. Beatrix Farrand has a special connection to the Ambler Campus. The Ambler Arboretum Formal Gardens were designed by Farrand and James Bush-Brown. Evans will provide an introduction and take questions following the film. This program is co-sponsored by the Department of Landscape Architecture and Horticulture, with support from Tyler School of Art GAF Funds. Information: 267-468-8018 or

Marvelous Maples — Sugar Maple Celebration
Saturday, March 24, 2 to 4 p.m., Meet at the Woman’s National Farm and Garden Visitor’s Center
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Learn how to identify sugar maple trees and determine if they are old enough to tap for syrup. Watch how to tap sugar maples and learn how climate change is affecting the trees and the maple syrup industry. Participants will additionally explore other native trees that are used to make various types of syrup and participate in a syrup tasting. Information: 267-468-8018 or