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.

For more information about our community events, check back often or contact 267-468-8108 or

Summer and Fall 2020

EarthFest Presents: Great American Campout
Online Summer and Fall 2020

Temple University Ambler EarthFest Presents and the Ambler Arboretum of Temple University are excited to provide essential information about camping, hiking and exploring nature for new and experienced campers alike. Rather than a day or a weekend, through our website, we're going to be celebrating the National Wildlife Federation’s Great American Campout all summer and fall online! Information: or 267-468-8108.

October 2020

EarthFest Presents: The Science of Scary
Now Through November 2020
Visit here for the Science of Scary
Some things in nature are just plain scary…or at least pretty icky. But just because something seems scary, doesn’t mean that it is! Celebrate the fall season in a different way by learning about the science behind the things in nature that may scare you but serve an important role in their environment. Join EarthFest Presents and our event partners online from October 12 through November for the Science of Scary! Visit here for the Science of Scary! 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 skunks, spiders, predatory birds, snakes, sea creatures, scorpions and carnivorous plants! Learn about natural phenomena such as earthquakes, volcanoes, tsunamis and more! What will you discover? Learn more about the Science of Scary! Information: or 267-468-8108.

Ambler Arboretum Speaker Series: Gardening and Social Change  - Virtual Event
Wednesday, October 21, 7 to 8 p.m., This Event will Be Hosted Online
Register Online

Gardening and greening can be agents of social change, and this talk will discuss inspiring local examples of how through various initiatives horticulture is a tool that improves neighborhoods, provides educational opportunities, promotes health and wellbeing of citizens, and addresses food insecurity. Join us for talks and workshops highlighting sustainability, women’s influence in horticulture and the healing power of plants during this monthly speaker series. Information: or 267-468-8400.

November 2020

Ambler Arboretum Speaker Series: Tea — A Story Steeped in History - Virtual Event
Tuesday, November 10, 7 to 8 p.m.
Register Online 

Tea — A Story Steeped in History will be presented by Brenda Sullivan, Horticulturist and Horticultural Therapist. Learn the fascinating history and controversies surrounding one of the world’s most important plants, Camelia sinensis. Responsible for the world’s most consumed man-made beverage, tea is an integral part of most world cultures and contains many properties enabling its use for healing, meditation and stimulation. But while its caffeine helped inspire the Age of Enlightenment, tea has a dark side, including slavery and indentured servitude, and revolts like the Boston Tea Party. Prepare your favorite cup and join Brenda for this fascinating virtual journey.