Let your visit here for Read Across America be just the beginning of your journey with Ambler Arboretum and Temple Ambler EarthFest! EarthFest and the Arboretum are hosting several family-friendly upcoming workshops and events throughout the spring! Join us for Green Career Week, World Water Day, Tapping the Sap and more! We look forward to seeing you on campus soon! Visit here for more information about upcoming events!


More than Maples

More Than Maples: Tapping the Sap

Sunday, March 9
10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Ambler Arboretum

Join the Ambler Arboretum of Temple University for an exploration of trees you can tap for sap to turn into delicious syrup on Saturday, March 9, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Register online here.

Learn how and when to tap trees, how to identify the trees you would like to tap and how to cook down the sap for syrup. For more information, contact samantha.mcguriman@temple.edu.

Floral Arrangements in a Vase Workshop

Floral Arrangements in a Vase

Thursday, March 21
6 to 7:30 p.m.
Ambler Arboretum

Let the gardens of the Ambler Arboretum inspire you to create your own floral arrangements in a vase!

The Ambler Arboretum will be partnering with the Ambler Flower Shop to present Floral Arrangements in a Vase, which will be held on Thursday, March 21, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Register online here.

This workshop will provide all the tools and flowers needed to create a stunning arrangement. The Arboretum will also share information about how you can grow flowers in your own garden to continue producing fresh floral arrangements at home.

Participants will be joined by Ambler Arboretum Horticulture Technician Mike Hitchings from 6 to 6:30 p.m. for a discussion on growing flowers for your floral arrangements. The Ambler Flower Shop will then help you make your floral designs come to life from 6 to 7:30 p.m.! Information: mcguriman@temple.edu.


Ambler Arboretum EarthFest: Green Career Week

Sunday, March 3 through Sunday, March 10

Working in the Ambler Campus Greenhouse

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.

We’ll be highlighting careers such as arboretum director, greenhouse manager, STEM educator, horticulture faculty member, facilities manager, nursery manager, plant records curator and more! Learn more about Green Career Week here.

Ambler Arboretum EarthFest: World Water Day

Saturday, March 16
Temple University Ambler, Bright Hall

World Water Day at Temple Ambler

Take a moment to think about water. How is water important to you? Your home? Your cultural practices? Your well-being? Your local environment?

Ambler Arboretum EarthFest’s celebration of World Water Day will be held on Saturday, March 16, from 2 to 4 p.m. in Bright Hall at Temple University Ambler! EarthFest, the Ambler Arboretum of Temple University, the Temple Ambler Field Station, and the Ambler Arboretum of Temple University are joining with our event partners to lead explorations and discoveries related to UN World Water Day! Register for this family-friendly event online.

The UN World Water Day 2024 global theme is "Water for Peace." When we cooperate on water, we create a positive ripple effect — fostering harmony, generating prosperity and building resilience to shared challenges. This World Water Day, we all need to unite around water and use water for peace, laying the foundations of a more stable and prosperous tomorrow. Learn more about World Water Day.

Film Screening and Reading: The Secret Garden

Thursday, Ambler 18
7 p.m.
The Ambler Theater, 108 East Butler Avenue, Ambler

The Secret Garden Books

Join the Ambler Arboretum for a fun evening in which we will be showing the 1993 film adaptation of The Secret Garden in partnership with the Ambler Theater on Thursday, April 18, at 7 p.m. Ambler Arboretum Director Kathy Salisbury will additionally share some of the magic and surprises you can find in the gardens around you!

Based on the beloved novel, an orphaned girl is sent to England to live on her uncle’s lush country estate. While exploring the mysterious grounds, she discovers a neglected garden and recruits her cousins in its restoration. As the plants bloom, she discovers the garden possesses magical powers. Produced by Francis Ford Coppola and featuring Maggie Smith, this sophisticated fairy tale is one that viewers of all ages can enjoy. Learn more here.

Ambler Arboretum Director’s Walk: Spring

Friday, April 19
1 to 2:30 p.m.
Ambler Arboretum

Spring Arboretum Director's Walk

Join Ambler Arboretum Director Kathy Salisbury for a Spring Director’s Walk on Friday, April 19, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. The hike will begin at the Flagpole Circle in front of Bright Hall.  Register online here.

During Seasonal Director’s Walks, the Arboretum will share information about ongoing projects, the history of the campus and gardens, and upcoming events while exploring the gardens seeing what is in bloom or interesting at the time. The walks may focus on a theme such as pollinators or fragrance.

Ambler Arboretum Spring Horticulture Hike

Friday, May 17
1 to 2:30 p.m.
Ambler Arboretum

Arboretum Horticulture Hike

Take a Spring Horticulture Hike through the gardens with Ambler Arboretum Director Kathy Salisbury on Friday, May 17, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. The hike will begin at the Flagpole Circle in front of Bright Hall. Register online here.

Horticulture Hikes are horticulture intensive tours that will be held in partnership Tyler School of Art and Architecture Greenhouse Education and Research Complex Manager Benjamin Snyder. During the Horticulture Hikes, participants will explore plant identification, use and culture, and more. Think scientific names, distinctive traits, phenology, seasonal interest, distinguishing look alike plants and practicing using various resources for identification.