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! The season kicks off on Wednesday, January 31 with a celebration of trees for Tu B’Shevat — the Jewish New Year of Trees. Please note: While most events are free, some require a fee.

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For more information about our community events, check back often or contact 267-468-8108 or duffyj@temple.edu.

January 2018

Tu B’Shevat: The Jewish New Year of Trees
Wednesday, January 31
Community Celebration of Trees: 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. (Register here)

Meet at the Learning Center Lobby
Winter Tree Appreciation Walk: 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. (Register here)
Meet at the Learning Center Lobby
jkidphilly Family Tree Walk and Story Time: 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. (Register here)
Meet at the Woman’s National Farm and Garden Visitor’s Center

Tu B’Shevat is a celebration of the “New Year of Trees” in the Jewish Culture. This day has developed into an ecological holiday and as a reminder of the connection to the earth and the role of humans as caretakers of the environment. During this event, we will play games to learn all of the ways trees provide for us and learn how to identify trees. We will learn about trees we have on campus that are found in Jewish scripture and traditions. Register online for the Community Celebration of Trees and Winter Tree Appreciation WalkPlease Note: Use this link to register for the Family Tree Walk and Story Time (4:30 to 5:30 p.m.). Information: 267-468-8018 or duffyj@temple.edu

February 2018

Arboretum Director’s Seasonal Arboretum Walk — Winter
Wednesday, February 21, 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: kathleen.salisbury@temple.edu or 267-468-8400. 

Ambler Arboretum Winter Hike
Saturday, February 24, 9 to 10 a.m., Meet at the Woman’s National Farm and Garden Visitor’s Center
Register Online

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! Register online. Information: 267-468-8018 or duffyj@temple.edu.

March 2018

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
Take the Schuylkill River out of equation that comprises the Philadelphia region of today — it’s a virtual impossibility. William Penn has no riverbank on which to found Philadelphia. The industrial engine that moved millions of tons of coal to support an iron and steel-dependent economy has no way of getting from the mines to the mills. The history of the region and the history of the country would be irrevocably altered without this single essential waterway. Drawing deeply from the inspiration of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s 2018 Philadelphia Flower Show theme — “Wonders of Water” — Temple University Ambler landscape architecture and horticulture students will take visitors “Within Reach: Unlocking the Legacy of our Hidden River.” The exhibit will explore natural and human-induced effects on the Schuylkill River, particularly focusing on “the natural phenomena of tides and the human-induced technological wonder of the Schuylkill Navigation System (or Schuylkill Canal).” Three primary thematic areas comprise the 23-foot-by-33-foot exhibit: the Fall Line, the Schuylkill Canal and the Moontide Garden and Freshwater Marsh. Information: duffyj@temple.edu or 267-468-8108.

Women in Horticulture Annual Lecture: The Life and Gardens of BEATRIX FARRAND
Wednesday, March 14, 7 p.m., Learning Center Auditorium
Register Online

Join six-time Emmy Award-winning filmmaker and Yale Fellow Karyl Evans for a screening of her documentary The Life and Gardens of BEATRIX FERRAND, chronicling the life story 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 connections 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. Register online. Information: 267-468-8018 or duffyj@temple.edu.

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
Register Online

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. Register online. Information: 267-468-8018 or duffyj@temple.edu.

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. Exhibitor registration online. Information: 267-468-8108 or duffyj@temple.edu.

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

Take a tree tour, listen to tree stories and help plant trees around the Ambler Arboretum. Help us find the biggest trees in the Arboretum and measure their value. Participants can take home a tree to plant in their yard or plant it in the Arboretum woodlands! Register online. Information: 267-468-8018 or duffyj@temple.edu.

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. Information: eisenman@temple.edu.

EarthFest Presents: Audubon Society — Bird/Window Collisions: Historical Research and Contemporary Solutions
May 2018, 7 p.m., Learning Center Auditorium

Temple Ambler EarthFest and the Audubon Society are partnering to address the critical issue of bird/window collisions. Speakers will include Dr. Daniel Klem, Jr, PhD, D.SC., the Sarkis Acopian Professor of Ornithology and Conservation Biology at Muhlenberg College in Allentown. Among other diverse avian investigations, for 44 years and continuing to the present he studies, writes, and teaches about the threat that sheet glass and plastic pose to birds. No other scientist has comprehensively studied and published research results documenting and preventing the lethal threat that human structures pose to birds. In his 1990 paper "Collisions between birds and windows: mortality and prevention", he calculated that between 100 million and 1 billion birds in the U.S. alone are killed annually by flying into windows. His research has influenced the design of buildings, including the Niagara Falls State Park Observation Tower, on which he was a consultant. He holds several US patents relating to window design to protect birds. He is motivated by available and growing evidence that bird-building collisions are an important wildlife conservation, building industry, and animal welfare issue for birds and people worldwide. Additional details about this special lecture coming soon! Online registration coming soon! Information: 267-468-8018 or duffyj@temple.edu

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: kathleen.salisbury@temple.edu 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! Online registration coming soon! Information: 267-468-8018 or duffyj@temple.edu.