Temple Ambler EarthFest:
The Science of Scary

Saturday, October 22
2 to 4 p.m.
Bright Hall Lounge

Register Online Here

It goes without saying that some things in nature are simply frightening. Coming across a snake in the wild will definitely overheat your fight of flight (mostly flight) response in no time!

Just because something seems scary, however, doesn’t mean that it is harmful! Celebrate the fall season in a different way by learning about the science behind the things in nature that may scare you but are essential to their environment.

Temple University Ambler EarthFest, the Temple Ambler Field Station and the Ambler Arboretum of Temple University will host The Science of Scary on Saturday, October 22, from 2 to 4 p.m. in Bright Hall in the center of campus. Register for this family-friendly free event online.

All animals and insects, no matter how creepy or crawly, serve an essential purpose in their ecosystems and increase biodiversity! Gain a deeper understanding of the wonders of nature and the amazing things that may be found right in your own backyard. 

Connect with the world around you by learning about animals and insects such as arachnids, snakes, carnivorous plants, skunks, lizards, and “monsters” of the deep.

The Science of Scary is being held in partnership with the Academy of Natural Sciences, Elmwood Park Zoo, the Barn Nature Center, Temple’s own Sarah Naughton and her wonderful collection of tarantulas and insects, the Temple University Department of Biology and the department’s Cordes Lab, iEcoLab and Sewall Lab, the Tyler School of Art and Architecture Greenhouse Education and Research Complex, the Delaware Valley Amateur Astronomers and the Pennsylvania Outdoor Lighting Council, apiculture educator and master beekeeper Vincent Aloyo, the Temple Ambler Library, the Bookbinders Club of Temple and the Ambler Student Life Board.

Volunteers from the Ambler Arboretum of Temple University will lead a Weird and Wild Plant Walk beginning at 2 and 3 p.m. 

Dr. Steve Sassaman, Assistant Director of Recreation, Outdoor Education and Wellness at Temple Ambler, will also lead visitors in an outdoor interactive experience — Be Bear Aware — beginning at 2:15 and 3:15 p.m.

Dr. Mariana Bonfim, Assistant Director of the Temple Ambler Field Station, will also lead a Disturbance Walk of the Ambler Campus beginning at 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. 

Part of Temple Ambler’s EarthFest series of events, the Science of Scary is designed to help learners and citizen scientists of all ages gain a deeper understanding of the wonders of nature and the amazing things that may be found right in their own backyards. What will you discover?

Discover a treasure trove of Science of Scary content online!

Event Registration

Admission to Temple Ambler EarthFest: The Science of Scary is free

Visitors are asked to register for the event prior to October 22. Please include the number of guests that will be attending.

Register to attend the event online. For additional information, contact duffyj@temple.edu or 267-468-8108.  

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