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. In accordance, Temple University Ambler closed on Thursday, March 12. The Ambler Arboretum is 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 June 2020. Please note, some events have moved online.

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

July 2020

Arboretum Director’s Virtual Summer Walk
Wednesday, July 8, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

Register Online 
Ambler Arboretum of Temple University Director Kathy Salisbury will provide a virtual walk through the Arboretum! Whether you join to learn about plants or learn more about the campus come along for a gentle ramble through the gardens of the Ambler Arboretum. The link to the video tour will be sent to all registrants. Information:  kathleen.salisbury@temple.edu or 267-468-8400. 

EarthFest Presents: Great American Campout
Postponed to July 2021

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

August 2020

Ask the Ambler Arboretum Live!
Wednesdays, August 5 and September 2, 3 p.m., Via Zoom
Register Online

Gardening season is in full bloom! You’ve got questions and we’ve got answers! Join Ambler Arboretum Director and Horticulturist Kathy Salisbury live on Zoom for special Q&A sessions! Ask the Ambler Arboretum sessions will be held on Tuesday, May 26, and Wednesdays, June 24, July 8, August 5 and September 2 at 3 p.m. Bring photos or a sample from the yard and, of course, your questions! Perhaps you are venturing into vegetable gardening or landscaping for the first time. Maybe you have been gardening as long as you can remember but you cannot remember the name of a particular plant. Whatever your experience and knowledge level, we are here to help you along your gardening endeavors. Stay just to have your question answered or for the entire Q&A session. Pop into the meeting whenever you are able, then get back outside and put your new knowledge to work! Ask the Arboretum sessions are free but registration is required. Please use the online form to register (you may register for more than one session).

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

Register Online
Join 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
Register Online
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.

September 2020

Ask the Ambler Arboretum Live!
Wednesday, September 2, 3 p.m., Via Zoom
Register Online

Gardening season is in full bloom! You’ve got questions and we’ve got answers! Join Ambler Arboretum Director and Horticulturist Kathy Salisbury live on Zoom for special Q&A sessions! Ask the Ambler Arboretum sessions will be held on Tuesday, May 26, and Wednesdays, June 24, July 8, August 5 and September 2 at 3 p.m. Bring photos or a sample from the yard and, of course, your questions! Perhaps you are venturing into vegetable gardening or landscaping for the first time. Maybe you have been gardening as long as you can remember but you cannot remember the name of a particular plant. Whatever your experience and knowledge level, we are here to help you along your gardening endeavors. Stay just to have your question answered or for the entire Q&A session. Pop into the meeting whenever you are able, then get back outside and put your new knowledge to work! Ask the Arboretum sessions are free but registration is required. Please use the online form to register (you may register for more than one session).

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.