Community Events

Community Events at Temple Ambler

Community Events Brochure - Summer and Fall 2018

Join us each month for a series of fun and educational programs designed to explore the world around you! Please note: While most events are free, some require a fee.

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

October 2018

Living the Aromatic Life: Linda Shanahan and Eric VanderHyde, Barefoot Botanicals
Wednesday, October 10, 7 p.m., Learning Center Auditorium
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$5 for members (Learn how to become an Arboretum Associate)
$10 for non-members
Students may attend for free (registration is required)
Discount Codes available for students and Ambler Arboretum Members. Contact kathleen.salisbury@temple.edu for more information. 

Explore how to incorporate and use aromatic plants in your garden, your kitchen and throughout your home with Linda Shanahan and Eric VanderHyde of Barefoot Botanicals. Barefoot Botanicals is a labor of love for VanderHyde and Shanahan, bringing together their combined years of experience in herbalism, nursing, engineering and agriculture. Having grown vegetables, flowers and herbs for over a decade, they now specialize in certified organically grown medicinal and culinary herbs. Barefoot Botanicals provides herbal medicine makers, manufacturers, chefs, brewers and bartenders with fresh, dried and freshly distilled aromatic and medicinal plants as well as herbal cocktail syrups. Find their products online at www.barefootbotanicals.net, retail natural food stores and at area farmers markets in Philadelphia, Ottsville, Doylestown, Wrightstown and Yardley. Designed for the home and hobby gardeners as well as horticultural professionals, the Ambler Arboretum Horticulture Lecture Series, presented by regional experts, will inspire participants while challenging their way of thinking about horticulture. Program registration begins at 6:30 p.m., the presentation begins at 7 p.m. and Q&A follow at 8 p.m. Information: kathleen.salisbury@temple.edu or 267-468-8400.

EarthFest Presents: Reach for the Stars (Postponed from an earlier date)
Friday, October 12, 7:30 to 10 p.m., Student Parking Lot, Meetinghouse Road
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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, the Delaware Valley Amateur Astronomers and Montgomery County Community College’s Astronomy program. All skill levels are welcome! Information: duffyj@temple.edu or 267-468-8108.

Sustainability Action Day: Edible Plant Walk
Wednesday, October 17, 12:30 to 1:15 p.m., Meet at Bright Hall Circle
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Join Ambler Arboretum of Temple University Director Kathy Salisbury and the Food Forest Club for a walk on the edible side of the Ambler Arboretum! Learn about the edible plants and herbs that inhabit the Arboretum’s diverse gardens and help commemorate World Food Day (October 16). World Food Day, established in 1945 by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations is a global celebration, asserting that the right to food is a basic human right. The celebration also encourages in sustainable food systems and some of the major global challenges. Learn what edible plants and herbs would be good in your garden and what is great for wildlife. Bring your walking shoes and your questions. Information: duffyj@temple.edu or 267-468-8108. 

EarthFest Presents: The Science of Scary
Sunday, October 21, 2 to 4 p.m., Ambler Campus Learning Center Lawn 

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Let’s face it, 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. All animals and insects, no matter how creepy or crawly, serve an essential purpose in their ecosystems and increase biodiversity! Connect with the world around you by learning about skunks, spiders, predatory birds, snakes, sharks, storms, toads and carnivorous plants to name a few! The event will also include fall snacks, crafts and more! The Science of Scary is being held in partnership with the Academy of Natural Sciences, Barn Nature Center, Elmwood Park Zoo, Franklin Institute, Center for Aquatic Sciences at Adventure Aquarium, the Philadelphia Insectarium and Butterfly Pavilion and local falconer Tom Stanton. Part of Temple Ambler’s EarthFest Presents series of events, the Science of Scary is a family-friendly free event designed to help learners and citizen scientists of all ages gain a deeper understanding of the wonders of nature and the amazing things that may be found right in their own backyards. What will you discover? Information: duffyj@temple.edu or 267-468-8108.

November 2018

WVWA: All About Owls
Friday, November 2, 7 to 9 p.m., Meet at the Woman’s National Farm and Garden Association Visitor’s Center
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Free for WVWA Members, Ambler Arboretum Association members (Learn how to become an Arboretum Associate) and children under 12: free
$10 for Non-members
Discount Codes available for students and Ambler Arboretum Members. Contact kathleen.salisbury@temple.edu for more information. 

Fall is one of the best times of the year to see and hear owls — and what could be a better way to take advantage of autumn’s beautiful, quiet nights than to go in search of those nocturnal wonders at the suburban home of the Temple Owls! Join Wissahickon Valley Watershed Association (WVWA) naturalist Kristy Morley for an evening learning all about the habits and adaptations of our nocturnal neighbors, followed by an owl-prowl through the twilight woods! Dress for the weather as we may be standing quietly in one place for a prolonged period. Bring binoculars (some loaners will be available). Bring a flashlight or headlamp for use during the walk. Information and registration: http://www.wvwa.org/calendar/.

Ambler Arboretum Presents: Fall Foliage Hike
Saturday, November 3, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Meet at the Woman’s National Farm and Garden Visitor’s Center
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Join Ambler Arboretum of Temple University Director Kathy Salisbury for special celebration of the season in our campus gardens! Fall foliage and autumn flowers abound in the Arboretum this time of year. Learn why and how leaves change colors and what plants you can plant in your yard to feed those late season pollinators and migrating birds. Bring your walking shoes and your questions! Information: duffyj@temple.edu or 267-468-8108.

Japanese Garden Design — The Stroll Garden: Sharee Solow
Wednesday, November 14, 7 p.m., Learning Center Auditorium
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$5 for members (Learn how to become an Arboretum Associate)
$10 for non-members
Students may attend for free (registration is required)
Discount Codes available for students and Ambler Arboretum Members. Contact kathleen.salisbury@temple.edu for more information. 

Join designer Sharee Solow as she presents "Japanese Garden Design: The Stroll Garden (Edo Period 1600-1868)." Finally, a design lecture that will clarify the complex topic of Japanese gardens using language and images everyone can grasp! Through demonstration photos from Solow’s study in Japan and visits to Japanese-style gardens in the United States, audiences will develop a fresh perspective on gardens that are too often presented as being beyond comprehension, even elitist. An extensive handout will have all the notes you need to put down the pencil and get immersed in the subject, celebrating Japan's holiday Culture Day. One of the Mid-Atlantic region’s most respected certified horticulturists and landscape designers, Solow blends a lifetime of accomplishments and international travel to offer uniquely sophisticated landscape designs and garden design lectures. A popular speaker and writer for professional landscape organizations, garden societies and arboretums, she is known for visionary ideas but also practical and realistic applications, often incorporating recent discoveries and trends from her international travels. Designed for the home and hobby gardeners as well as horticultural professionals, the Ambler Arboretum Horticulture Lecture Series, presented by regional experts, will inspire participants while challenging their way of thinking about horticulture. Program registration begins at 6:30 p.m., the presentation begins at 7 p.m. and Q&A follow at 8 p.m. Information: kathleen.salisbury@temple.edu or 267-468-8400.

December 2018

Ambler Arboretum Presents: Bark Walk
Saturday, December 1, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Meet at the Woman’s National Farm and Garden Visitor’s Center
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The Ambler Arboretum is going to the dogs! Join Ambler Arboretum of Temple University Director Kathy Salisbury for a special dog walking-friendly event in the Ambler Arboretum! The leaves have fallen from the trees and they may be hard to tell apart — until you look at the bark. Examine the intricate patterns and fascinating details of trees throughout the Ambler Arboretum on this Bark Walk. We will even bring materials to make bark rubbings and at the end of this adventure you will have your own colorful guide to tree bark! Bring your walking shoes, your questions, your four-legged friends and learn about the new Ambler Arboretum Dog Walkers Club! Information: duffyj@temple.edu or 267-468-8108.

Pollinators and Wildflowers — Observations from the Field: Tom Knezick
Wednesday, December 12, 7 p.m., Learning Center Auditorium
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$5 for members (Learn how to become an Arboretum Associate)
$10 for non-members
Students may attend for free (registration is required)
Discount Codes available for students and Ambler Arboretum Members. Contact kathleen.salisbury@temple.edu for more information. 

Pinelands Nursery currently dedicates nearly 60 acres to growing native plants; half of those acres use for wildflower seed production.  Pollinators and Wildflowers will highlight some of Pineland’s observations of the wildflowers, pollinators and predatory insects that call their fields home. What plants attract the most honeybees? Which milkweed is best for monarchs? Learn the answers to these questions and more! Tom Knezick is the Production Analyst at Pinelands Nursery & Supply, a wholesale native plant nursery in Columbus, NJ. Knezick also owns and operates Pinelands Direct Native Plants, an online native plant retailer offering plants and seeds grown at the nursery. Designed for the home and hobby gardeners as well as horticultural professionals, the Ambler Arboretum Horticulture Lecture Series, presented by regional experts, will inspire participants while challenging their way of thinking about horticulture. Program registration begins at 6:30 p.m., the presentation begins at 7 p.m. and Q&A follow at 8 p.m. Information: kathleen.salisbury@temple.edu or 267-468-8400.