Community Events

Community Events at Temple Ambler

Temple University is focused on ensuring the health and safety of our community members and campus and Arboretum visitors. The university is taking several measures to keep everyone safe amid the spread of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.

On March 12, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf announced that all Montgomery County schools, including universities, would be closed for two weeks. In accordance, Temple University Ambler closed on Thursday, March 12. The Ambler Arboretum will also be closed to outside guests at this time.

Regretfully, Temple University Ambler and the Ambler Arboretum of Temple University must take the necessary measure of postponing or rescheduling, where possible, all events and programs through the end of the spring semester, May 8.

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

April 2020

EarthFest Presents: Reach for the Stars
RESCHEDULED TO FALL 2020

Join us under dark skies to celebrate the stars and the planets! We will look for various objects in the sky and learn how to tell one from the other. We will also highlight the importance of dark skies to animals and the environment and learn how you can help keep the skies dark. Can't tell the difference between local neighbors Mars, Jupiter and Saturn from distant stars in the night sky? That’s all right! Temple Ambler is hosting this special stargazing event in cooperation with the Bucks-Mont Astronomical Association and the Delaware Valley Amateur Astronomers. All skill levels are welcome! Information: duffyj@temple.edu or 267-468-8108.

June 2020

Ambler Arboretum Presents: Books Under the Beech
Wednesdays, June 10, July 22 and August 19, 3 to 4 p.m., Ambler Arboretum of Temple University

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Bring the little ones or the grandkids over to the Ambler Arboretum as we tuck in among the branches of a beech tree for a book reading followed by an interactive walk through the gardens connected to the story we just heard. On June 10, we will read The Tin Forest by Helen Ward. We will then walk around the gardens listening and looking for birds and seedlings they may have planted. This program will be held rain or shine. Information: duffyj@temple.edu or 267-468-8108.

Ambler Arboretum Speaker Series: Geology Talk and Walk
Wednesday, June 17, 7 to 8 p.m., Campus Lounge, Bright Hall
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Free for Temple University students, faculty, staff and Ambler Arboretum members (Learn how to become an Arboretum Associate)
$10 for non-members

Temple University Geology professor Natalie Flynn will walk us through the history of the region in stone. Visitors will then take a walk around the Ambler Arboretum gardens to look at the different stone types and learn more about their stories. Join us for walks, talks and workshops highlighting sustainability, women’s influence in horticulture and the healing power of plants during this monthly speaker series. Program registration begins at 6:30 p.m., the presentation begins at 7 p.m. and Q&A follows at 8 p.m. Information: kathleen.salisbury@temple.edu or 267-468-8400.

July 2020

Arboretum Director’s Summer Walk — Fragrance, Odors and Scents, Oh My!
Wednesday, July 8, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., Meet at Bright Hall Circle

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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. During this walk, visitors will put there noses to work, exploring fragrance, odors and scents in the Arboretum gardens. Bring your walking shoes and your questions. Information:  kathleen.salisbury@temple.edu or 267-468-8400. 

Ambler Arboretum Speaker Series: Practicing in the Garden — An All-Level Yoga Experience
Wednesday, July 15, 7 to 8 p.m., Campus Lounge, Bright Hall
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Free for Temple University students, faculty, staff and Ambler Arboretum members (Learn how to become an Arboretum Associate)
$10 for non-members

For many of us, the garden is a place for relaxation and therapy and a place of education, recreation and inspiration. Join us in the Ambler Arboretum for an all-levels outdoor yoga experience highlighting poses you can do in your own garden as another way of creating a productive and enjoyable space. Laura Shannon found yoga over six years ago due to a recommendation that it could help with backaches. She quickly grew to love the practice and realized the mental and emotional benefits of yoga in addition to the physical improvements. Her inspirational light-hearted teaching style will leave you feeling energized and renewed! This program is part of Temple University Ambler’s ongoing Nature RX initiatives.

EarthFest Presents: Great American Campout
Saturday, July 18, 2 p.m. to Sunday, July 19, 10 a.m., Ambler Campus Learning Center Lawn
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The National Wildlife Federation’s Great American Campout is a celebration of camping as a way to connect with nature and wildlife. The benefits from outdoor play for mind, body and spirit are well-documented and help to create a lasting connection to nature and wildlife that help promote happiness and good health. Temple University Ambler is excited to host a campout for new and experienced campers. Spend the night tent camping, go on nature walks, and enjoy stargazing. We look forward to helping people connect with nature and exposing them to the wonder of Temple University Ambler and the Ambler Arboretum. This event is held in cooperation with the Ambler Arboretum of Temple University. Information: duffyj@temple.edu or 267-468-8108.

Ambler Arboretum Presents: Books Under the Beech
Wednesdays, July 22 and August 19, 3 to 4 p.m., Ambler Arboretum of Temple University

Register Online
Bring the little ones or the grandkids over to the Ambler Arboretum as we tuck in among the branches of a beech tree for a book reading followed by an interactive walk through the gardens connected to the story we just heard. On July 22, we will read the classic The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. We will then tour the gardens looking for caterpillars and the leaves they have eaten! This program will be held rain or shine. Information: duffyj@temple.edu or 267-468-8108.

August 2020

Ambler Arboretum Presents: Books Under the Beech
Wednesday, August 19, 3 to 4 p.m., Ambler Arboretum of Temple University

Register Online
Bring the little ones or the grandkids over to the Ambler Arboretum as we tuck in among the branches of a beech tree for a book reading followed by an interactive walk through the gardens connected to the story we just heard. On August 19, we will read The Great Kapok Tree by Lynne Cherry. We will then play a game of “Habitat Simon Says” and explore the gardens looking for the parts of a habitat. This program will be held rain or shine. Information: duffyj@temple.edu or 267-468-8108.

Ambler Arboretum Speaker Series: Nature Journaling
Wednesday, August 19, 7 to 8 p.m., Campus Lounge, Bright Hall
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Free for Temple University students, faculty, staff and Ambler Arboretum members (Learn how to become an Arboretum Associate)
$10 for non-members

During this special Ambler Arboretum Speaker Series program, visitors will head out into the campus gardens with pen and paper and learn how to record what we observe! Join us for walks, talks and workshops highlighting sustainability, women’s influence in horticulture and the healing power of plants during this monthly speaker series. Program registration begins at 6:30 p.m., the presentation begins at 7 p.m. and Q&A follows at 8 p.m. Information: kathleen.salisbury@temple.edu or 267-468-8400.

October 2020

Ambler Arboretum Speaker Series: 3rd Annual Celebration of Women in Horticulture
Thursday, October 29, 6 to 8 p.m., Learning Center Auditorium
Register Online (Coming Soon!)
$10 for members of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, Women in Horticulture and the Ambler Arboretum members (Learn how to become an Arboretum Associate)
$15 for non-members

Join author Jennifer Jewell for a lecture and book signing as she presents “The in Her Hands: 75 Extraordinary Women Working in the World of Plants.” This annual event recognizes women in the field of horticulture who epitomize the founding principles of the Pennsylvania School of Horticulture for Women (PSHW). The women recognized and presenting each year embody the “educated and earnest-minded women” with “trained hands and trained minds” that were the product of PSHW. The presenters represent women who continue to do work in the field while advancing the profession and the science of horticulture. This program is being presented in partnership with Women in Horticulture of the Delaware Valley and the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society. Information: kathleen.salisbury@temple.edu or 267-468-8400.