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Ambler Arboretum EarthFest:

Green Career Week

What is it like to be working in a “green” career?

You’ve come to the right place to find out!

From Sunday, March 3 through Sunday, March 10, Ambler Arboretum EarthFest will be celebrating Seed Your Future’s Green Career Week. Visit us here each day to learn more about the different career paths you can take if you’re interested in pursuing a career in horticulture.

Green Careers in the Ambler Arboretum

Encompassing the entire Temple Ambler campus, the Ambler Arboretum's diverse horticulture display gardens, botanical collections, and acres of woodlands and meadows are a resource to students, faculty, staff, researchers and the community.

The mission of the Ambler Arboretum is to serve as a safe and accessible educational resource modeling the art and science of horticulture and environmental responsibility while fostering research, celebrating the achievements of women in horticulture, preserving the historic significance of the campus and highlighting the health benefits of nature, plants and gardening.

For Green Career Week, Ambler Arboretum EarthFest will be highlighting careers such as arboretum director, greenhouse manager, STEM educator, horticulture faculty member, facilities manager, nursery manager, plant records curator and more! View our Green Career Profiles here!

How the Arboretum Addresses Sustainability, Environmental and Climate Issues in the Community

There are a number of different ways in which the Ambler Arboretum addresses sustainability, environmental and climate issues, while using these practices to educate our community members about what they can do at their own businesses and homes to be more sustainable and eco-friendly:

Plant warmer-climate species that have been, until recently, not considered winter-hardy in our region. By doing this, we can better provide recommendations for planting more widely, since they are likely to be better suited to the warmer climate here than some of our native species are.

  • Use battery-powered equipment to reduce emissions and noise pollution, which disrupts wildlife.
  • Select plants that will grow and thrive with limited additional care, maintenance and water.
  • Use integrated pest management practices.
  • Replace traditional mulch with native plantings and/or materials like pine needles or fallen leaves.
  • Convert lawn space into native beds.
  • Select plants that serve as resources for local wildlife and pollinators, which helps to increase biodiversity and supports pollinators in our area.