Community Events

Community Events at Temple Ambler

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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

April 2018

EarthFest 2018
Friday, April 20, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Ambler Campus Student Parking Lot Fields
Thousands of visitors will mark Earth Day at Temple University Ambler celebrating the importance of protecting the environment and preserving their future. More than 85 exhibitors, including the Center for Aquatic Science at Adventure Aquarium, Franklin Institute, FEMA, Academy of Natural Sciences, Elmwood Park Zoo and the Philadelphia Insectarium and Butterfly Pavilion will take part in EarthFest 2018. School students of all ages are invited to attend. School registration online. Information: 267-468-8108 or

Arbor Day at the Ambler Arboretum
Saturday, April 28, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Meet at the Woman’s National Farm and Garden Visitor’s Center
Register Online

Speak for the trees! Participants will help plant trees in the Ambler Arboretum woodlands or may take home a tree to plant in their yard to help biodiversity in the region! In addition to helping plant trees on campus, volunteers will have the opportunity to help us collect data on our trees. Participants will be taught how to calculate the size and age of a tree and the ecological services value and dollar value of the Ambler Arboretum collection. In addition to hands-on service learning, Arbor Day at the Ambler Arboretum will include tree tours, tree stories and more! Register online. Information: 267-468-8018 or

May 2018

Spring Plant Sale
Saturday, May 5, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Ambler Campus Greenhouse

Hosted by the Ambler Arboretum of Temple University and Pi Alpha Xi, the Spring Plant Sale — an Ambler Campus tradition dating back to the early 1900s — will feature woody plants and perennials, annuals, veggies, hanging baskets and more. Cash, checks or credit cards accepted. Proceeds from the Spring Plant Sale will support the Ambler Arboretum, the Pi Alpha Xi National Honor Society and student internships. Arboretum Members (learn how to become a member) and Wissahickon Valley Watershed Members receive 10 percent off their purchase! Information:

Temple Ambler EarthFest Presents: Bird Strikes — Global Research, Local Solutions
Wednesday, May 16, 7 p.m., Temple University Ambler, Learning Center Auditorium
Register Online

Temple Ambler EarthFest and Audubon Pennsylvania are partnering to address the critical issue of bird/window collisions. The keynote speaker for the program — Bird Strikes: Global Research, Local Solutions — will be Dr. Daniel Klem, the Sarkis Acopian Professor of Ornithology and Conservation Biology at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, who has studied the threat that sheet glass and plastic pose to bird for 45 years. Dr. Klem, who will speak about international research efforts to prevent bird collisions, has estimated that between 100 million and as many as one billion birds in the United States alone are killed annually by flying into windows. Following the keynote address, Dr. Klem will join a panel of Temple University and regional experts to discuss local solutions and practical steps residents can take to protect area bird species and migratory birds. Panelists will include: Cindy Ahern, Adjunct Professor of Horticulture, Temple University; Robert Kuper, RLA. ASLA, Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture, Temple University; Keith Russell, Program Manager for Urban Conservation, Audubon Pennsylvania; and Peter Saenger, President, Lehigh Valley Audubon Society and assistant to Dr. Klem, Acopian Center for Ornithology, Muhlenberg College. The moderator will be Leigh Altadonna, President, Wyncote Audubon Society. This special event is being held in coordination with numerous conservation organizations in the region. Learn more and register for the event online. Information: 267-468-8108 or

Director’s Seasonal Arboretum Walk — Spring
Thursday, May 24, 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. 

June 2018

EarthFest Presents: Ambler Arboretum BioBlitz 2018 and Great American Campout
12 p.m. Saturday, June 23 to 12 p.m. Sunday, June 24, Temple University Ambler

What will you discover? At Temple Ambler, there is more than students and faculty on campus! Visit campus at any time during 24 hours of discovery in the Ambler Arboretum’s woodlands and meadows and help us find out what is living in your own backyard! Join experts in helping to increase the biodiversity on campus. BioBlitz 2018 will be held in conjunction with the Great American Campout, the National Wildlife Federation’s celebration of camping as a way to connect with nature and wildlife. Spend an evening under the stars on campus and reconnect with the world around you! Register online for BioBlitz 2018Online registration for the Great American Campout coming soon! Information: 267-468-8018 or